Advanced Usage


This app currently provides no functionality for enforcing views to be HTTPS only, or switching from HTTP to HTTPS (and back) on demand. There are third party packages aimed at providing precisely this, so please use those.

What is provided is the following:

  • The protocol to be used for generating links (e.g. password forgotten) for e-mails is configurable by means of the ACCOUNT_DEFAULT_HTTP_PROTOCOL setting.
  • Automatically switching to HTTPS is built-in for OAuth providers that require this (e.g. Amazon). However, remembering the original protocol before the switch and switching back after the login is not provided.

Custom User Models

If you use a custom user model you need to specify what field represents the username, if any. Here, username really refers to the field representing the nickname that the user uses to login, and not to some unique identifier (possibly including an e-mail address) as is the case for Django’s AbstractBaseUser.USERNAME_FIELD.

Therefore, if your custom user model does not have a username field (again, not to be mistaken with an e-mail address or user id), you will need to set ACCOUNT_USER_MODEL_USERNAME_FIELD to None. This will disable username related functionality in allauth. Remember to also set ACCOUNT_USERNAME_REQUIRED to False.

Similarly, you will need to set ACCOUNT_USER_MODEL_EMAIL_FIELD to None or to the proper field (if other than email).

For example, if you want to use a custom user model that has email as the identifying field, and you don’t want to collect usernames, you need the following in your


Creating and Populating User instances

The following adapter methods can be used to intervene in how User instances are created and populated with data

  • allauth.account.adapter.DefaultAccountAdapter:
    • is_open_for_signup(self, request): The default function returns True. You can override this method by returning False if you want to disable account signup.
    • new_user(self, request): Instantiates a new, empty User.
    • save_user(self, request, user, form): Populates and saves the User instance using information provided in the signup form.
    • populate_username(self, request, user): Fills in a valid username, if required and missing. If the username is already present, then it is assumed to be valid (unique).
    • confirm_email(self, request, email_address): Marks the email address as confirmed and saves to the db.
    • generate_unique_username(self, txts, regex=None): Returns a unique username from the combination of strings present in txts iterable. A regex pattern can be passed to the method to make sure the generated username matches it.
  • allauth.socialaccount.adapter.DefaultSocialAccountAdapter:
    • is_open_for_signup(self, request, socialaccount): The default function returns that is the same as ACCOUNT_ADAPTER in You can override this method by returning True/False if you want to enable/disable socialaccount signup.
    • new_user(self, request, sociallogin): Instantiates a new, empty User.
    • save_user(self, request, sociallogin, form=None): Populates and saves the User instance (and related social login data). The signup form is not available in case of auto signup.
    • populate_user(self, request, sociallogin, data): Hook that can be used to further populate the user instance (sociallogin.account.user). Here, data is a dictionary of common user properties (first_name, last_name, email, username, name) that the provider already extracted for you.


Invitation handling is not supported, and most likely will not be any time soon. An invitation app could cover anything ranging from invitations of new users, to invitations of existing users to participate in restricted parts of the site. All in all, the scope of invitation handling is large enough to warrant being addressed in an app of its own.

Still, everything is in place to easily hook up any third party invitation app. The account adapter (allauth.account.adapter.DefaultAccountAdapter) offers the following methods:

  • is_open_for_signup(self, request). You can override this method to, for example, inspect the session to check if an invitation was accepted.
  • stash_verified_email(self, request, email). If an invitation was accepted by following a link in an email, then there is no need to send email verification mails after the signup is completed. Use this method to record the fact that an email address was verified.

Sending Email

Emails sent (e.g. in case of password forgotten or email confirmation) can be altered by providing your own templates. Templates are named as follows:



In case you want to include an HTML representation, add an HTML template as follows:



The project does not contain any HTML email templates out of the box. When you do provide these yourself, note that both the text and HTML versions of the message are sent.

If this does not suit your needs, you can hook up your own custom mechanism by overriding the send_mail method of the account adapter (allauth.account.adapter.DefaultAccountAdapter).

Custom Redirects

If redirecting to statically configurable URLs (as specified in your project settings) is not flexible enough, then you can override the following adapter methods:

  • allauth.account.adapter.DefaultAccountAdapter:
    • get_login_redirect_url(self, request)
    • get_logout_redirect_url(self, request)
    • get_email_confirmation_redirect_url(self, request)
    • get_signup_redirect_url(self, request)
  • allauth.socialaccount.adapter.DefaultSocialAccountAdapter:
    • get_connect_redirect_url(self, request, socialaccount)

For example, redirecting to /accounts/<username>/ can be implemented as follows:

# project/
ACCOUNT_ADAPTER = 'project.users.adapter.MyAccountAdapter'

# project/users/
from django.conf import settings
from allauth.account.adapter import DefaultAccountAdapter

class MyAccountAdapter(DefaultAccountAdapter):

    def get_login_redirect_url(self, request):
        path = "/accounts/{username}/"
        return path.format(username=request.user.username)


The Django messages framework (django.contrib.messages) is used if it is listed in settings.INSTALLED_APPS. All messages (as in django.contrib.messages) are configurable by overriding their respective template. If you want to disable a message, simply override the message template with a blank one.


The Django admin site (django.contrib.admin) does not use Django allauth by default. Since Django admin provides a custom login view, it does not go through the normal Django allauth workflow.


This limitation means that Django allauth features are not applied to the Django admin site:

  • ACCOUNT_LOGIN_ATTEMPTS_LIMIT and ACCOUNT_LOGIN_ATTEMPTS_TIMEOUT do not protect Django’s admin login from being brute forced.
  • Any other custom workflow that overrides the Django allauth adapter’s login method will not be applied.

An easy workaround for this is to require users to login before going to the Django admin site’s login page (note that the following would need to be applied to every instance of AdminSite):

from django.contrib import admin
from django.contrib.auth.decorators import login_required = login_required(

Customizing providers

When an existing provider doesn’t quite meet your needs, you might find yourself needing to customize a provider.

This can be achieved by subclassing an existing provider and making your changes there. Providers are defined as django applications, so typically customizing one will mean creating a django application in your project. This application will contain your customized, and files. The behaviour that can be customized is beyond the scope of this documentation.


In your file, you will need to expose the provider class by having a module level attribute called provider_classes with your custom classes in a list. This allows your custom provider to be registered properly on the basis of the INSTALLED_APPS setting.

Be sure to use a custom id property on your provider class such that its default URLs do not clash with the provider you are subclassing.

class GoogleNoDefaultScopeProvider(GoogleProvider):
    id = 'google_no_scope'

    def get_default_scope(self):
        return []

provider_classes = [GoogleNoDefaultScopeProvider]

Changing provider scopes

Some projects may need more scopes than the default required for authentication purposes.

Scopes can be modified via SOCIALACCOUNT_PROVIDERS in your project file.

    '<ProviderNameHere>': {
        'SCOPE': [...]

You need to obtain the default scopes that allauth uses by looking in allauth/socialaccount/providers/<ProviderNameHere>/ and look for def get_default_scope(self): method. Copy those default scopes into the SCOPE list shown above.

Example of adding calendar.readonly scope to Google scopes:

    'google': {
        'SCOPE': [