[Fixed]-Django-storages + sorl_thumbnail + S3 not working well together (URLs mismatch)


I was able to make it work by defining MediaRootS3BotoStorage and StaticRootS3BotoStorage as follows:

from storages.backends.s3boto import S3BotoStorage
from django.conf import settings

class StaticRootS3BotoStorage(S3BotoStorage):
    Storage for static files.

    def __init__(self, *args, **kwargs):
        kwargs['location'] = 'static'
        super(StaticRootS3BotoStorage, self).__init__(*args, **kwargs)

class MediaRootS3BotoStorage(S3BotoStorage):
    Storage for uploaded media files.

    def __init__(self, *args, **kwargs):
        kwargs['location'] = 'media'
        super(MediaRootS3BotoStorage, self).__init__(*args, **kwargs)

This link can be helpful https://github.com/jamstooks/django-s3-folder-storage


I had the same problem and the solution by Salma Hamed turned out to be the right one for me.

Before we had

StaticRootS3BotoStorage = lambda: S3BotoStorage(location='static')
MediaRootS3BotoStorage = lambda: S3BotoStorage(location='media')

which resulted in the wrong ‘storage’ values in our thumbnail_kvstore table. This lambda definition does not create a new class and thus type(StaticRootS3BotoStorage()) returns ‘storages.backends.s3boto.S3BotoStorage’, which is written into the table. Because these ‘storage’ values are used to instantiate later the storage in order to get the image URLs when displaying, this resulted in S3BotoStorage() to be used for this. So the ‘location’ argument was lost.

The solution by Salma Hamed that defines these custom storages as classes fixes this.

Thanks for that!



Have you tried setting THUMBNAIL_PREFIX to media/cache/?




I had this same exact problem but I figured out a way around it.

I set my DEFAULT_FILE_STORAGE back to storages.backends.s3boto.S3BotoStorage, that way, when it looked for cache/ it would not miss, and I could still upload all of my files to media/, and python manage.py collectstatic still works properly because I still have that set as StaticRootS3BotoStorage = lambda: S3BotoStorage(location='static').

Hope this help you, because this problem was driving me crazy.


Found that sorl-thumbnail is returning the cached KV image url using STATIC_URL (on the next request after the initial thumbnail is created). Appears MEDIA_URL has no affect.

Not the best solution. Added a S3 routing rule.



IDK why but @SalmaHamed ‘s solution didn’t work for me (Maybe its because of change in the django version or something). Instead, I replaced: MediaRootS3BotoStorage = lambda: S3Boto3Storage(location='media') with: class MediaRootS3BotoStorage(S3Boto3Storage): location = 'media'

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