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Access MEDIA_URL from static Javascript files in Django

This is an old trick, that's been very handy :) .

Many times for various reasons you'll need to access your media files from your Javascript files, to display images, change paths, or whatever. And in most cases your development MEDIA_URL and production MEDIA_URL will be different, so having to change them depending on the enviroment can be a bit tricky being them static files I'm assuming you are using static files your your .js right?.

What I do to help this is add the following to my base.html :

<script type="text/javascript">

    var MEDIA_URL = "{{MEDIA_URL}}";


before I load any of my .js files, and in them I simply refer to the MEDIA_URL variable just as in my Django templates.

Of course, you need to have your settings.MEDIA_URL variable on template context via whatever method you feel mor confortable with, personally I use context_processors :) .


Walter Cruz: Hi. In a post here (http://www.fairviewcomputing.com/blog/2008/04/16/django-geography-hacks/) you talk about a geo plugabble app. Have you done that?

Jj: Contact me if you're interested, I could send you the code and probably we could work together

Abhas: On doing this I get an error MEDIA_URL is undefined inspite of the declaration.I would appreciate any help on the matter.