You’re probably using an ImageField.

from django.db import models

class ExampleModel(models.Model):
    image = models.ImageField(

You should swap it out for a VersatileImageField. It’s better!

from django.db import models

from versatileimagefield.fields import VersatileImageField

class ExampleModel(models.Model):
    image = VersatileImageField(

Works just like ImageField

Out-of-the-box, VersatileImageField provides the same functionality as ImageField:

Template Code Image
<img src="{{ instance.image.url }}" />
An Image

So what sets it apart?

Create Images Wherever You Need Them

A VersatileImageField can create new images on-demand both in templates and the shell.

Let’s make a thumbnail image that would fit within a 200px by 200px area:

Template Code Image
<img src="{{ instance.image.thumbnail.200x200 }}" />
An Thumbnail Image

No crufty templatetags necessary! Here’s how you’d do the same in the shell:

>>> from someapp.models import ExampleModel
>>> instance = ExampleModel.objects.all()[0]
>>> instance.image.thumbnail['200x200'].url
>>> instance.image.thumbnail['200x200'].name

Crop images at specific sizes

You can use it to create cropped images, too:

Template Code Default, Absolutely Centered Crop
<img src="{{ instance.image.crop.400x400 }}" />
Absolute Center Crop

Uh-oh. That looks weird.

Custom, Per-Image Cropping

Don’t worry! VersatileImageField ships with a handy admin-compatible widget that you can use to specify an image’s Primary Point of Interest (PPOI) by clicking on it.

Note the translucent red square underneath the mouse cursor in the image within the left column below:

Admin Widget PPOI Selection Tool Resultant Cropped Image
Centered PPOI
Custom PPOI Entered

Ahhhhh, that’s better.

Filters, too!

VersatileImageField has filters, too! Let’s create an inverted image:

Template Code Image
<img src="{{ instance.image.filters.invert.url }}" />
Inverted Image

You can chain filters and sizers together:

Template Code Image
<img src="{{ instance.image.filters.invert.thumbnail.200x200 }}" />
Inverted Thumbnail Image

Write your own Sizers & Filters

Making new sizers and filters (or overriding existing ones) is super-easy via the Sizer and Filter framework.

Django REST Framework Integration

If you’ve got an API powered by Django REST Framework you can use VersatileImageField to serve multiple images (in any number of sizes and renditions) from a single field. Learn more here.

Flexible in development, light-weight in production

VersatileImageField’s on-demand image creation provides maximum flexibility during development but can be easily turned off so your app performs like a champ in production.

Fully Tested & Python 3 Ready

django-versatileimagefield is a rock solid, fully-tested Django app that is compatible with Python 2.7, 3.4 and 3.5 and works with Django 1.5.x thru 1.9.x

Get Started

You should totally try it out! It’s 100% backwards compatible with ImageField so you’ve got nothing to lose!