With Django Hijack, admins can log in and work on behalf of other users without having to know their credentials. https://github.com/arteria/django-hijack/


Get the latest stable release from PyPi:

pip install django-hijack

In your settings.py, add hijack and the dependency compat to your installed apps:


Finally, add the Django Hijack URLs to urls.py:

urlpatterns = [
    url(r'^hijack/', include('hijack.urls')),

After installing

Setting up redirections

You should specify a HIJACK_LOGIN_REDIRECT_URL and a HIJACK_LOGOUT_REDIRECT_URL. This is where admins are redirected to after hijacking or releasing a user. Both settings default to LOGIN_REDIRECT_URL.

# settings.py
HIJACK_LOGIN_REDIRECT_URL = '/profile/'  # Where admins are redirected to after hijacking a user
HIJACK_LOGOUT_REDIRECT_URL = '/admin/auth/user/'  # Where admins are redirected to after releasing a user

Setting up the notification bar

We strongly recommend to display a notification bar to everyone who is hijacking another user. This reduces the risk of an admin hijacking someone inadvertently or forgetting to release the user afterwards.

To set up the notification bar, add the following lines to your base.html / to the template in which want the notification bar to be displayed.

<!-- At the top -->
{% load staticfiles %}
{% load hijack_tags %}


<!-- In the head -->
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="{% static 'hijack/hijack-styles.css' %}" />


<!-- Directly after <body> -->
{% hijack_notification %}


If your project uses Bootstrap, you may want to set HIJACK_USE_BOOTSTRAP = True in your project settings. Django Hijack will use a Bootstrap notification bar that does not overlap with the default navbar.


Superusers can hijack a user by clicking the "Hijack" button in the Users admin or more directly by sending a GET request to a /hijack/... URL.

If the hijacking is successful, you are redirected to the HIJACK_LOGIN_REDIRECT_URL, and a yellow notification bar is displayed at the top of the landing page.

Hijack button

By default, Django Hijack displays a button in the Django admin's user list, which usually is located at /admin/auth/user/. For instance, if you would like to hijack a user with the username "Max", click on the button named "Hijack Max".

Hijacking by URL

Alternatively, you can hijack a user directly from the address bar by specifying their ID, username, or e-mail address, respectively, in the following URLs:

  • example.com/hijack/<user-id>
  • example.com/hijack/username/<username>
  • example.com/hijack/email/<email-address>

Ending the hijack

In order to end the hijack and switch back to your admin account, push the "Release" button in the yellow notification bar:

Screenshot of the release button in the notification bar

As an alternative, navigate directly to /hijack/release-hijack/.

After releasing, you are redirected to the HIJACK_LOGOUT_REDIRECT_URL.


You can catch a signal when someone is hijacked or released. Here is an example:

from hijack.signals import hijack_started, hijack_ended

def print_hijack_started(sender, hijacker_id, hijacked_id, **kwargs):
    print('%d has hijacked %d' % (hijacker_id, hijacked_id))

def print_hijack_ended(sender, hijacker_id, hijacked_id, **kwargs):
    print('%d has released %d' % (hijacker_id, hijacked_id))