How To Create A Login Page In Django

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In this article, I will guide you through the process of creating a login page in Django – a powerful web framework written in Python. As a web developer with experience in Django, I’ve had the opportunity to create login pages for various projects, and I’m excited to share my knowledge with you.

Why is a login page important?

A login page is a crucial component of any web application that requires user authentication. It provides a secure and personalized experience for users by allowing them to access their accounts and perform actions based on their privileges. In Django, creating a login page is relatively straightforward, thanks to its built-in authentication system.

Setting up a Django project

Before diving into the login page implementation, make sure you have Django installed on your local machine. If not, you can install it using pip: pip install django.

Once Django is installed, create a new Django project using the following command:

django-admin startproject myproject

This command will create a new directory myproject with the necessary files and directories for your Django project.

Creating the login app

In Django, applications are modular components that handle specific functionalities. Let’s create a new app called ‘login’ within our project using the following command:

python startapp login

This command will generate a new directory login containing the files and directories required for our login app.

Configuring the login app

To integrate the login app into our Django project, we need to make some configurations.

First, open the file in the project directory (myproject) and add 'login' to the INSTALLED_APPS list.


Next, create a new file called in the login app directory (login) and add the necessary URL patterns for login functionality:

from django.urls import path
from . import views

urlpatterns = [
path('login/', views.login_view, name='login'),
path('logout/', views.logout_view, name='logout'),

Here, we’re specifying two URL patterns: login/ and logout/. These URLs will be used to handle the login and logout functionality.

Implementing the login functionality

Now, let’s define the login and logout views to handle the login functionality.

In the file in the login app directory, add the following code:

from django.shortcuts import render, redirect
from django.contrib.auth import authenticate, login, logout

def login_view(request):
if request.method == 'POST':
username = request.POST['username']
password = request.POST['password']
user = authenticate(request, username=username, password=password)
if user is not None:
login(request, user)
return redirect('home') # Redirect to home page after successful login
return render(request, 'login.html', {'error_message': 'Invalid credentials'})
return render(request, 'login.html')

def logout_view(request):
return redirect('login')

The login_view function checks if the request method is POST, which indicates that the user has submitted the login form. It then retrieves the username and password from the request, authenticates the user using the authenticate function, and if successful, logs the user in using the login function. Otherwise, it renders the login template with an error message.

The logout_view function simply logs the user out using the logout function and redirects them to the login page.

Creating the login template

To create a visually appealing login page, we need to design a login template. In the login app directory, create a new directory called templates. Inside the templates directory, create another directory called login. Finally, create a new file called login.html within the login directory.

In the login.html file, you can add HTML and CSS code to create a login form with fields for username and password. You can also include features like remember me and forgot password. Use Django’s template tags to handle form submission and display error messages if any.


Creating a login page in Django is a fundamental step in building secure web applications. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can create a login page with ease. Remember to secure user passwords using Django’s hashing mechanisms and handle user authentication properly to ensure the security of your application.

For further exploration, you can enhance the login page with additional features like social media authentication or two-factor authentication, depending on your project requirements.

Happy coding!