Application Configuration

The following options can be defined for tinymce4-lite in your Django project’s file.

TINYMCE_DEFAULT_CONFIG – TinyMCE 4 widget configuration. tinymce4-lite provides a reasonable default configuration with essential editing capabilities, so you need to use this option only if you want to create your own custom TinyMCE configuration.


In tinymce4-lite the TinyMCE configuration is defined as a Python dict. The dict configuration is then translated to JSON configuration according to json.JSONEncoder rules.

See TinyMCE documentation for available configuration options.

Default configuration:

    'selector': 'textarea',
    'theme': 'modern',
    'plugins': 'link image preview codesample contextmenu table code lists',
    'toolbar1': 'formatselect | bold italic underline | alignleft aligncenter alignright alignjustify '
               '| bullist numlist | outdent indent | table | link image | codesample | preview code',
    'contextmenu': 'formats | link image',
    'menubar': False,
    'inline': False,
    'statusbar': True,
    'width': 'auto',
    'height': 360,

TINYMCE_SPELLCHECKER – enables spellchecker function for TinyMCE. For the default configuration it also adds a spellcheck button to TinyMCE toolbar. Default: False.


If you are using a custom TinyMCE configuration, don’t forget to add spellchecker plugin to your configuration, and add the necessary menu item/toolbar button. Also read Language Configuration subsection about how to configure the spellchecker.

TINYMCE_FILEBROWSER – enables file browser support in TinyMCE image and link dialogs. tinymce4-lite supports django-filebrowser-no-grappelli file browser. Default: True if 'filebrowser' is added to INSTALLED_APPS, else False.

TINYMCE_JS_URL – a path to TinyMCE JavaScript library. Default: your_static_url/tinymce/js/tinymce/tinymce.min.js. The following example shows how to load the TinyMCE library from a CDN:


TINYMCE_ADDITIONAL_JS_URLS – a list of URLs for additional JavaScript files to be used with the TinyMCE widget, for example, custom TinyMCE plugins. Default: None.

TINYMCE_CSS_URL – a path to a CSS file with additional styles for TinyMCE. Unlike content_style and content_css TinyMCE settings (see “Applying custom CSS”), this CSS is applied to the TinyMCE widget itself, for example to correct the widget position on a page. Default: None.

TINYMCE_CALLBACKS – allows to define custom TinyMCE callbacks, for example file_browser_callback or spellchecker_callback. This is a Python dict where keys are the names of callbacks and values are JavaScript objects as Python strings. Default: {} (an empty dict). Read TinyMCE documentation to learn about available callbacks.


Custom file_browser_callback and spellchecker_callback options defined in TINYMCE_CALLBACKS override tinymce4-lite built-in callbacks.

Language Configuration

By default tinymce4-lite sets TinyMCE interface language and writing direcionality depending on the current Django language. However, to correctly select a TinyMCE 4 translation file Django language code must match the name of TinyMCE translation file. Supported combinations:

  • ll (Django) => ll.js (TinyMCE)

  • ll-cc (Django) => ll_CC.js (TinyMCE)

  • ll-cc (Django) => ll.js (TinyMCE)

The ll (Django) => ll_CC.js (TinyMCE) is not supported because TinyMCE may have several country-specific variants of translation files. In this case you can manually rename the necessary TinyMCE translation file to match your Django language code.

The LANGUAGES option defines the list of available spellchecker languages. The first language in this list is used as the default one. The list of spellchecker languages also depends on available pyenchant dictionaries. For example, on Windows the default pyenchant installation includes only English, German and French spellchecker dictionaries. You can view the list available spellchecker dictionaries by running enchant.list_languages() function in a console from your working Python environment. For example:

>>> import enchant
>>> enchant.list_languages()
['de_DE', 'en_AU', 'en_GB', 'en_US', 'fr_FR']

On Linux you can install Hunspell dictionaries for your languages that will be automatically used by pyenchant. E.g. for Ukrainian spelling dictionary on Ubuntu/Debian:

$ sudo apt install hunspell-uk

On Windows you need to add the necessary dictionaries manually to enchant package in site-packages directory of your working Python environment. Additional spellchecker dictionaries can be downloaded from this page. Unpack a .sox file using an archive manager, for example 7zip, and copy .dic and .aff for your language to enchant/share/enchant/myspell/ directory inside enchant package.


Django language codes in LANGUAGES must match dictionary filenames. For example, 'en-us' in LANGUAGES (with a country code) corresponds to en_US.dic/en_US.aff dictionary files, and 'uk' (no country code) corresponds to uk.dic/uk.aff dictionary files.

Also you can completely override TinyMCE automatic language configuration by defining the necessary language options in TINYMCE_DEFAULT_CONFIG.