The Definitive Guide to Hotwire and Django (2.0.0)
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The Definitive Guide to Hotwire and Django (2.0.0)

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This book will help you to learn Hotwire with Django in systematic way.

By the end of this book, you will be able to:

  1. Learn Howtwire includes Turbo and Stimulus, and what problem they can help solve.
  2. Jump start frontend project bundled by Webpack.
  3. Setup Turbo and Stimulus.
  4. Learn how page navigation works in Turbo Drive
  5. Understand what is cache in Turbo Drive and how preview works.
  6. Learn what is Turbo Frame and how it works.
  7. Build Inline Editing feature with Turbo Frame.
  8. Learn what is Stimulus and how Stimulus Controller work.
  9. What is Stimulus ValuesTarges, and Actions
  10. Use Stimulus to build a Datetime picker and improve form submission process.
  11. Understand how to use events to do communication among Stimulus controllers
  12. Build Type as search feature with Stimulus, Turbo and Django.
  13. Learn what is Turbo Stream and how it works.
  14. How to build Collaborative Editing based on Websocket and Turbo Stream

With Hotwire, we can bring SPA-like experience to our Django web app:

  1. We do NOT need heavy frontend solution such as React, Vue
  2. We do NOT need JSON and Django REST framework
  3. We will use Django form, Django templates and they still rock.


2.0.0 Released 2023-06-20

  1. Upgrade to Django 4.2
  2. Upgrade to Turbo 7.3
  3. Upgrade to Stimulus 3.2.1
  4. Add content about Stimulus Outlets

1.0.0 Released 2022-05-27

About the Author


Michael Yin is a full stack developer from China, and he loves to write high-quality tutorial about programming.

He has published 5 books on Leanpub.

He also published Celery courses on

He is also the founder of a Digital Agency AccordBox and available for remote job.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Create A project
  • 3. Setup Turbo
  • 4. Create Task App
  • 5. Render Django Form with Tailwind CSS Style
  • 6. Explore Turbo Drive (Page Navigation)
  • 7. Explore Turbo Drive (Cache)
  • 8. Explore Turbo Drive (Javascript, CSS)
  • 9. Explore Turbo Drive (3-party Javascript)
  • 10. Turbo Drive and Django form validation
  • 11. Prepare to learn Turbo Frame
  • 12. Turbo Frame Basics
  • 13. Turbo Frame and Django Form
  • 14. Inline Editing with Turbo Frames
  • 15. Prepare Django app to learn Stimulus Basics
  • 16. Stimulus Controller Basics
  • 17. Stimulus Controller (Actions, Values)
  • 18. Stimulus Controller (Targets, CSS classes)
  • 19. Stimulus Controller (Lifecycle)
  • 20. Stimulus Controller (3-party Resources)
  • 21. Stimulus Controller (Date Picker)
  • 22. Stimulus Controller (Form Submission)
  • 23. Prepare Django app to learn Stimulus and Turbo Frame
  • 24. Stimulus Controller (Flash Message)
  • 25. Build Stimulus Controller for Modal
  • 26. Load Form in the Modal
  • 27. Handle Form Submission in Modal
  • 28. Full Page Redirect in Modal
  • 29. Communication Among Stimulus Controllers Via Events
  • 30. Prepare Django app to learn Stimulus Stream
  • 31. Import Turbo Frame
  • 32. Turbo Stream Basics
  • 33. Use Turbo Stream to improve inline editing
  • 34. Filtering on the List Page
  • 35. Auto Search
  • 36. RealTime Update based on Websocket (Part 1)
  • 37. RealTime Update based on Websocket (Part 2)
  • 38. Next Steps

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