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Python Django Basics What a View! What Are URLs?

url vs path

I am using Django 2.1.4 and when it generates the urls.py file, instead of a:

url(r'admin/', admin.site.urls),

it generates something like this:

path('admin/', admin.site.urls).

So, when I follow along with the video on my computer, path("", views.hello_world) is what works, not the regular expression. Any idea why the newer version of Django uses path instead of url?

Dave StSomeWhere
Dave StSomeWhere
19,870 Points

Sure seems a lot easier to use the new path. The old way is still available.

Check out this SO Post for some info.

1 Answer


path is just easier overall, which is why django decided to go with it as it's default I believe. If you would like to follow along with the regular expression paths, from django.urls import re_path is the same function that the old url was. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/47947673/is-it-better-to-use-path-or-url-in-urls-py-for-django-2-0