[Fixed]-Django Apache/mod_python Admin CSS not appearing with admin tables


Does your ADMIN_MEDIA_PREFIX exist? Is it different from MEDIA_URL? Did you include the trailing slash? Is Apache handled to correctly serve up the admin media?

The default Django configuration has the admin media located at {Django install dir}/contrib/admin/media. ADMIN_MEDIA_PREFIX defaults to /media/. So you need to add something like this to your Apache config:

Alias /media/ /path/to/django/contrib/admin/media/

This will tell Apache that requests for mysite.com/media/css/whatever.css mean to serve up /path/to/django/contrib/admin/media/css/whatever.css, which should solve your issue.


I used to have the same problem and the following entry in the http.conf worked fine with me:

<Directory "Path-to-python/Lib/site-packages/django/contrib/admin/media/"> 
    AllowOverride None 
    Options None 
    Order allow,deny 
    Allow from all 

Alias /media/ "Path-to-Python/Lib/site-packages/django/contrib/admin/media/"

<Location "/mysite/">
    SetHandler python-program
    PythonHandler django.core.handlers.modpython
    SetEnv DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE mysite.settings
    PythonOption django.root /mysite
    PythonInterpreter mysite
    PythonDebug On
    PythonPath "['C:/Python/Django/apps'] + sys.path"


Here is my django-specific apache configuration. Note, django handles every incoming url to the site (location /) except media, where it’s disabled, and the data is served from django’s media directory.

<Location "/">
  SetHandler python-program
  PythonHandler django.core.handlers.modpython
  SetEnv DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE mysite.settings
  #PythonOption django.root /
  PythonDebug On
  PythonPath "['e:/dj'] + sys.path"

Alias /media  e:/dj/django-trunk/django/contrib/admin/media/
<Location "/media">
  SetHandler None


If you don’t want to have admin media use the /media directory, you can specify ADMIN_MEDIA_PREFIX = ‘admin_media’, then create a link/alias from your webserver which redirects calls to /admin_media/ to the /usr/share/pyshared/django/contrib/admin/media (depending on your OS) for your production server…



Since the question is from long time back, this may not be a relevant answer but I am putting this information to help anyone who happens to stumble here just like me.
As of version 1.4, ADMIN_MEDIA_PREFIX setting has been deprecated. The ways of serving static and media files with version >= 1.4 are described here




Basically it can be setup in 4 steps –

  1. Set STATIC_ROOT to point to directory which will serve all the static files of your site
  2. Set STATIC_URL for which static content should be served
  3. Run manage.py collectstatic
  4. Configure your webserver to serve requests for STATIC_URL from STATIC_ROOT

Same for media files

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