Color schemes (light/dark) with django CMS#


These notes about the color scheme apply only to the django CMS admin and editing interfaces. The visitor-facing published site is wholly independent of this, and the responsibility of the site developer.

The admin interfaces will only reflect the described behavior if the package djangocms-admin-style is installed (version XXX or later). If it is not installed the admin interface is managed by your underlying Django installation which usually uses the browser’s color scheme.

Setting the color scheme#

Django CMS’ default color scheme is "light". To change the color scheme use the CMS_COLOR_SCHEME setting in your project’s


This is the default appearance and shows the interface with dark text on white background.


This so-called dark mode show light text on dark background.


The auto mode chooses either light or dark color scheme based on the browser or operating system setting of the user.


If you plan to fix the color scheme to either light or dark, add a corresponding data-color-scheme attribute to the html tag in your base template, e.g.

<html data-color-scheme="light">

This will pin the color scheme early when loading pages and avoid potential flickering if the browser preference differs from the CMS_COLOR_SCHEME setting.


Not all plugin admin interfaces might support a dark color scheme, especially if plugin forms contain custom widgets. See XXXX on how to make your widgets compatible with django CMS’ color scheme support.

Toggle button for the color scheme#

Adding the setting CMS_COLOR_SCHEME_TOGGLE = True to the project’s will add a toggle icon (sun/moon) to the toolbar allowing a user to switch their color scheme for their session.