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Random-image template tag

Author:
pbx
Posted:
April 1, 2007
Language:
Python
Version:
.96
Tags:
template image random
Score:
3 (after 3 ratings)

This tag makes it easy to have a random rotation of images on a page. Don't forget to set your MEDIA_URL.

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import os
import random
import posixpath
from django import template
from django.conf import settings

register = template.Library()

def is_image_file(filename):
    """Does `filename` appear to be an image file?"""
    img_types = [".jpg", ".jpeg", ".png", ".gif"]
    ext = os.path.splitext(filename)[1]
    return ext in img_types

@register.simple_tag
def random_image(path):
    """
    Select a random image file from the provided directory
    and return its href. `path` should be relative to MEDIA_ROOT.
    
    Usage:  <img src='{% random_image "images/whatever/" %}'>
    """
    fullpath = os.path.join(settings.MEDIA_ROOT, path)
    filenames = [f for f in os.listdir(fullpath) if is_image_file(f)]
    pick = random.choice(filenames)
    return posixpath.join(settings.MEDIA_URL, path, pick)
    

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Comments

jnievas (on May 1, 2007):

The latest os.path.join will make this version not compatible for running over Windows, since URLs always have forward slashes. Should be changed to use always a forward slash.

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pbx (on May 16, 2007):

Good point. I updated it to fix this, using posixpath.join (which works better for this example than urlparse.urljoin).

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losttrekker (on June 11, 2010):

I'm sure its possible, but I'm failing to grasp it right now. How can I get this snippet to grab only images of a specific size?

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longnight (on July 26, 2014):

ext = os.path.splitext(filename)[1] + .lower()
that could prevent missing from caps up exts.

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