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Serving /favicon.ico with Django without HTTP redirection

Say you have created a favicon.ico for your website and want to serve that file outside of the usual /static/images prefix, at /favicon.ico. Other favicon approaches use a code-30x redirect on HTTP level. I would rather save that extra request. Here is what I ended up with:

import os

from django.conf import settings
from django.views.static import serve

urlpatterns += [
    url(r'^(?P<path>favicon\.ico)$', serve, name='favicon',
        kwargs={'document_root': os.path.join(settings.STATIC_ROOT,

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