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Implementing a Forgot Password Feature on a Django Site

Everyone forgets their password, help customers get it back.

Here is something that seems to be quite common on any type of membership site -- members forget their password.

This morning I was about to write this and I though surely there must be something build in. Surely.

It's turns out it is built in quite nicely and very easy to use. Start with a simple link on your template:

1<a href="{% url django.contrib.auth.views.password_reset %}"
2 >Forgot your password?</a

Then, create the following five templates:

<template_dir>/registration/password_reset_confirm.html <template_dir>/registration/password_reset_form.html <template_dir>/registration/password_reset_done.html <template_dir>/registration/password_reset_complete.html <template_dir>/registration/password_reset_email.html

Note that you don't even need to create these templates for the feature to work. If you don't create them you will see the forms using the default Django admin template. Obviously, you'll want to create them and extend your base template.

If you get a NoReverseMatch error, add the following line to your main file:

1url(r'^account/', include('django.contrib.auth.urls')),

Check out the auth built-in views docs for more info.

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Dustin Davis

Dustin Davis is a software engineer, people manager, hacker, and entreprenuer. He loves to develop systems and automation. He lives with his wife and five kids in Utah.

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