How can I render a tree structure (recursive) using a django template?


I have a tree structure in memory that I would like to render in HTML using a Django template.

class Node():
  name = "node name"
  children = []

There will be some object root that is a Node, and children is a list of Nodes. root will be passed in the content of the template.

I have found this one discussion of how this might be achieved, but the poster suggests this might not be good in a production environment.

Does anybody know of a better way?

8/28/2008 11:43:10 AM

Accepted Answer

I think the canonical answer is: "Don't".

What you should probably do instead is unravel the thing in your view code, so it's just a matter of iterating over (in|de)dents in the template. I think I'd do it by appending indents and dedents to a list while recursing through the tree and then sending that "travelogue" list to the template. (the template would then insert <li> and </li> from that list, creating the recursive structure with "understanding" it.)

I'm also pretty sure recursively including template files is really a wrong way to do it...

8/28/2008 12:47:29 PM

Using with template tag, I could do tree/recursive list.

Sample code:

main template: assuming 'all_root_elems' is list of one or more root of tree

{%for node in all_root_elems %} 
    {%include "tree_view_template.html" %}

tree_view_template.html renders the nested ul, li and uses node template variable as below:

<li> {{}}
    {%if node.has_childs %}
         {%for ch in node.all_childs %}
              {%with node=ch template_name="tree_view_template.html" %}
                   {%include template_name%}

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