Transition to Jinja templates from Django templates

If you're accustomed to using Django templates, this section describes the finer details you need to be aware of when using Jinja templates, such as: what Django template knowledge you can leverage in Jinja templates, what works differently in Jinja templates compared to Django templates and what are new things you need to learn that you'll come to appreciate in Jinja templates.

If you've never used Django templates, you can skip to the next section on Jinja template configuration in Django, as most of what follows is intended for experienced Django template users.

What works the same way in Jinja and Django templates

Just because Jinja is an entirely different template engine, doesn't mean it's radically different from Django's built-in template engine. You can expect to use the same approach for: Variables & blocks, conditionals & loops, comments, as well as spacing & special characters.

Variables and blocks

Curly braces {} are broadly used in Jinja templates just like they're used in Django templates. To output a variable in Jinja you use the same {{myvariable}} syntax. Similarly, you also name blocks to inherit snippets between templates with the {% block footer %} {% endblock %} syntax. In addition, Jinja also uses the same Django {% extends "base.html" %} syntax to create parent/child relationships between templates.

Conditionals and loops

Jinja uses the same Django syntax to create conditionals: {% if variable %}{% elif othervariable %}{% else %}{% endif %}. In addition, Jinja also uses the same for loop syntax as Django: {% for item in listofitems %}{{item}}{% endfor %}.


Jinja also uses the same comment tag as Django: {# This is a template comment that isn't rendered #}. However, note Jinja uses the {# #} tag for both single and multi-line comments.

Spacing and special characters

Since Jinja templates were inspired from Django templates, Jinja uses a similar approach to dealing with spacing and special characters. For example, things like spacing filters ( and wordwrap) and special character handling ( and escape filters ) work the same way in Jinja templates as they do in Django templates.

What works differently in Jinja templates compared to Django templates

However, not everything works the same way in Jinja templates, here are some Django template techniques you'll need to relearn to work with Jinja templates.