How to Fix ImportError: cannot import name ‘url’ from ‘django.conf.urls’

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ImportError: cannot import name ‘url’ from ‘django.conf.urls’ error occurs in Django when django.conf.urls.url()  module has been deprecated and removed in version 4 of Django, but you are still trying to import it.

How to fix it?

To fix the ImportError: cannot import name ‘url’ from ‘django.conf.urls’ error, replace the “url()” with re_path().

The re_path uses regexes like url, so you only have to update the import and replace url with re_path.

from django.urls import re_path
from . import views

urlpatterns = [
 re_path(r'^$', views.index, name='index'),
 re_path(r'^about/$', views.about, name='about'),
 re_path(r'^contact/$',, name='contact'),

In this example, re_path() is imported from the django.urls module.

The urlpatterns list is where you define your URL patterns for the application.

The first argument for each re_path() function call is a regular expression pattern that matches the URL you want to handle.

The second argument is the view function that should be called when that URL is requested.

The third argument is an optional name for the URL pattern, which can be used for referencing it in other parts of the code.

An alternate way to fix the error

You can switch to using the path module. However, the path() does not use regexes, so you must update your URL patterns if you switch to the path.

from django.urls import path, include
from . import views

urlpatterns = [
  path('create/file', views.create, include('app.urls')),
  path('edit/file', views.edit, include('app.urls')),

After updating this, you can use the django-upgrade helpful library to update your files.

You can also downgrade your Django version, but this is a temporary fix and not recommended because, at some point in the future, you need to upgrade your Django version to the latest version, so use this solution at your own risk.

That’s it.

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