Creating custom views

This page describes how to provide a custom view from within your plugin. Before you start reading this page, please read and understand how URL handling works in pretix.

Control panel views

If you want to add a custom view to the control area of an event, just register an URL in your that lives in the /control/ subpath:

1from django.urls import re_path
3from . import views
5urlpatterns = [
6    re_path(r'^control/event/(?P<organizer>[^/]+)/(?P<event>[^/]+)/mypluginname/',
7            views.admin_view, name='backend'),

It is required that your URL parameters are called organizer and event. If you want to install a view on organizer level, you can leave out the event.

You can then implement the view as you would normally do. Our middleware will automatically detect the /control/ subpath and will ensure the following things if this is an URL with both the event and organizer parameters:

  • The user is logged in

  • The request.event attribute contains the current event

  • The request.organizer attribute contains the event’s organizer

  • The user has permission to access view the current event

If only the organizer parameter is present, it will be ensured that:

  • The user is logged in

  • The request.organizer attribute contains the event’s organizer

  • The user has permission to access view the current organizer

If you want to require specific permission types, we provide you with a decorator or a mixin for your views:

 1from pretix.control.permissions import (
 2    event_permission_required, EventPermissionRequiredMixin
 5class AdminView(EventPermissionRequiredMixin, View):
 6    permission = 'can_view_orders'
 8    ...
12def admin_view(request, organizer, event):
13    ...

Similarly, there is organizer_permission_required and OrganizerPermissionRequiredMixin. In case of event-related views, there is also a signal that allows you to add the view to the event navigation like this:

 1from django.urls import resolve, reverse
 2from django.dispatch import receiver
 3from django.utils.translation import gettext_lazy as _
 4from pretix.control.signals import nav_event
 7@receiver(nav_event, dispatch_uid='friends_tickets_nav')
 8def navbar_info(sender, request, **kwargs):
 9    url = resolve(request.path_info)
10    if not request.user.has_event_permission(request.organizer, request.event, 'can_change_vouchers'):
11        return []
12    return [{
13        'label': _('My plugin view'),
14        'icon': 'heart',
15        'url': reverse('plugins:myplugin:index', kwargs={
16            'event': request.event.slug,
17            'organizer': request.organizer.slug,
18        }),
19        'active': url.namespace == 'plugins:myplugin' and url.url_name == 'review',
20    }]

Event settings view

A special case of a control panel view is a view hooked into the event settings page. For this case, there is a special navigation signal:

 1@receiver(nav_event_settings, dispatch_uid='friends_tickets_nav_settings')
 2def navbar_settings(sender, request, **kwargs):
 3    url = resolve(request.path_info)
 4    return [{
 5        'label': _('My settings'),
 6        'url': reverse('plugins:myplugin:settings', kwargs={
 7            'event': request.event.slug,
 8            'organizer': request.organizer.slug,
 9        }),
10        'active': url.namespace == 'plugins:myplugin' and url.url_name == 'settings',
11    }]

Also, your view should inherit from EventSettingsViewMixin and your template from pretixcontrol/event/settings_base.html for good integration. If you just want to display a form, you could do it like the following:

 1class MySettingsView(EventSettingsViewMixin, EventSettingsFormView):
 2    model = Event
 3    permission = 'can_change_settings'
 4    form_class = MySettingsForm
 5    template_name = 'my_plugin/settings.html'
 7    def get_success_url(self, **kwargs):
 8        return reverse('plugins:myplugin:settings', kwargs={
 9            'organizer': self.request.event.organizer.slug,
10            'event': self.request.event.slug,
11        })

With this template:

 1{% extends "pretixcontrol/event/settings_base.html" %}
 2{% load i18n %}
 3{% load bootstrap3 %}
 4{% block title %} {% trans "Friends Tickets Settings" %} {% endblock %}
 5{% block inside %}
 6    <form action="" method="post" class="form-horizontal">
 7        {% csrf_token %}
 8        <fieldset>
 9            <legend>{% trans "Friends Tickets Settings" %}</legend>
10            {% bootstrap_form form layout="horizontal" %}
11        </fieldset>
12        <div class="form-group submit-group">
13            <button type="submit" class="btn btn-primary btn-save">
14                {% trans "Save" %}
15            </button>
16        </div>
17    </form>
18{% endblock %}

Frontend views

Including a custom view into the participant-facing frontend is a little bit different as there is no path prefix like control/.

First, define your URL in your, but this time in the event_patterns section and wrapped by event_url:

1from pretix.multidomain import event_url
3from . import views
5event_patterns = [
6    event_url(r'^mypluginname/', views.frontend_view, name='frontend'),

You can then implement a view as you would normally do. It will be automatically ensured that:

  • The requested event exists

  • The requested event is active (you can disable this check using event_url(…, require_live=True))

  • The event is accessed via the domain it should be accessed

  • The request.event attribute contains the correct Event object

  • The request.organizer attribute contains the correct Organizer object

  • Your plugin is enabled

  • The locale is set correctly

Changed in version 1.7: The event_url() wrapper has been added in 1.7 to replace the former @event_view decorator. The event_url() wrapper is optional and using url() still works, but you will not be able to set the require_live setting any more via the decorator. The @event_view decorator is now deprecated and does nothing.

REST API viewsets

Our REST API is built upon Django REST Framework (DRF). DRF has two important concepts that are different from standard Django request handling: There are ViewSets to group related views in a single class and Routers to automatically build URL configurations from them.

To integrate a custom viewset with pretix’ REST API, you can just register with one of our routers within the module of your plugin:

1from pretix.api.urls import event_router, router, orga_router
3router.register('global_viewset', MyViewSet)
4orga_router.register('orga_level_viewset', MyViewSet)
5event_router.register('event_level_viewset', MyViewSet)

Routes registered with router are inserted into the global API space at /api/v1/. Routes registered with orga_router will be included at /api/v1/organizers/(organizer)/ and routes registered with event_router will be included at /api/v1/organizers/(organizer)/events/(event)/.

In case of orga_router and event_router, permission checking is done for you similarly as with custom views in the control panel. However, you need to make sure on your own only to return the correct subset of data! request .event and request.organizer are available as usual.

To require a special permission like can_view_orders, you do not need to inherit from a special ViewSet base class, you can just set the permission attribute on your viewset:

class MyViewSet(ModelViewSet):
    permission = 'can_view_orders'

If you want to check the permission only for some methods of your viewset, you have to do it yourself. Note here that API authentications can be done via user sessions or API tokens and you should therefore check something like the following:

perm_holder = (request.auth if isinstance(request.auth, TeamAPIToken) else request.user)
if perm_holder.has_event_permission(request.event.organizer, request.event, 'can_view_orders'):


It is important that you do this in the yourplugin.urls module, otherwise pretix will not find your routes early enough during system startup.