Modules allow you to get Django’s plug and play behaviour. The are functionally similar to Django apps. Modules are created in the modules folder. This makes it easier to comprehend than Django as you can see at a glance what is the main script and what are modules/apps.

Easy way to create module#

Once inside a Shopyo project directory (i.e where the and modules/ reside), run


or you can do


For example if you run shopyo startapp product, it will auto create the following module structure inside modules/

├── info.json
├── static
├── templates
│   └── demo
│       ├── blocks
│       │   └── sidebar.html
│       └── dashboard.html
├── tests
│   ├──
│   └──

In case you want to group modules together in a particular subcategory, you can create modules inside a box. For example first run

shopyo startapp product box__ecommerce

This will create the box box__ecommerce if it does not exist and then create the module product insides it. If now you want another module, for example, marketplace inside box__ecommerce, then you can run:

shopyo startapp marketplace box__ecommerce

With this your modules structure will look like this:

├── box__ecommerce/
│   ├── product/
│   └── marketplace/
└── ...

You can now access the /product and /marketplace endpoints

See startapp for more details on command usage. You might find the EuroPython talk under the Education Section insightful


The info file allows you to specify module config. This allows you to specify the module url and panel icon.

   "author": {
      "mail": "",
      "name": "",
      "website": ""
   "display_string": "Page",
   "type": "show",
   "fa-icon": "fa fa-store",
   "url_prefix": "/page",
   "dashboard": "/dashboard"
  • "author: Metadata to keep track of author of the module. It stores author’s mail, name, and website information

  • display_string: Display name on control panel. If you decide to use Shopyo as a Flask base, it does not matter then

  • module_name: Shopyo uses this to reference the module. Not to be duplicated

  • type: Used to show or hide modules on control panel. If control panel module not present, you can skip it

  • fa-icon: Used to show fontawesome icon on control panel. If control panel module not present, you can skip it

  • url_prefix: Needed to specify module’s base url

  • dashboard: Used to redirect in control panel. For example the contact module’s url is /contact. But we want it to be public. So we have a panel redirect of /dashboard to direct admin to /contact/dashboard. Dont include if you don’t want redirect

Default Modules/Boxes#

The app comes with the following default modules and boxes


  • announce

  • appoointment

  • contact

  • page

  • people


  • appadmin

  • auth

  • base

  • dashboard

  • settings

  • theme


Using Shopyo as a Flask base#

You can customise Shopyo in many ways. For eample, you can modify exiting modules, add more modules to default boxes or even remove the modules you do not need. You might however want to keep the following modules:

  • appadmin

  • auth

  • base

  • dashboard

  • settings

Importing modules#

If you want to import from in same folder you write from .forms import ... . If you want to import from other modules you do: `from modules.modulename.forms import ...`


# global templates variables in here
available_everywhere = {
   "x": 1
} # now x available in all templates

# global configs in here, defined by profile
configs = {
    "development": {
    "production": {
    "testing": {
} # these values will load depending on the current config profile has a def upload(): function where uploads should be done. This uploads are done when we run shopyo initialise. Example for uploading an admin user is shown below:

 1import datetime
 2import json
 4from modules.box__default.auth.models import User
 7def add_admin(email, password):
 8    user = User()
 9 = email
10    user.password = password
11    user.is_admin = True
12    user.is_email_confirmed = True
13    user.email_confirm_date =
17def upload(verbose=False):
18    with open("config.json") as config:
19        config = json.load(config)
20        add_admin(config["admin_user"]["email"], config["admin_user"]["password"])
22        if verbose:
23            print("[x] Added Admin User")