Setting DO Spaces files to Public for Django CKEditor

I’m using the Django plugin, django-ckeditor, which unfortunately does not work with S3 unless the following is set: AWS_QUERYSTRING_AUTH = False.

The problem is that all files must be set to public to work with that setting. That plugin, in particular, has hundreds of directories with hundreds of files. So my question is two-fold.

Is there any security risk in making all of my css, js, images, and ckeditor files public?

Secondly, is my only option to manually go through each of these directories and change them to public? Is there a faster option?


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I figured out a way to do this by setting up the following. (site/cdn/

from storages.backends.s3boto3 import S3Boto3Storage

class CustomS3Boto3Storage(S3Boto3Storage):
    def __init__(self, *args, **kwargs):
        super().__init__(*args, **kwargs)
        self.default_acl = "private"  # Set the default ACL to 'private'
        self.querystring_auth = True

    def _save(self, name, content):
        if name.startswith("static/ckeditor/"):
            # Make ckeditor/ folder inside static/ public
            self.default_acl = "public-read"
            self.querystring_auth = False
            self.default_acl = "private"  # Set all other files/folders to private
            self.querystring_auth = True

        return super()._save(name, content)

class MediaRootS3Boto3Storage(S3Boto3Storage):
    location = "media"

Then in site/cdn/

DEFAULT_FILE_STORAGE = "inkwise.cdn.backends.MediaRootS3Boto3Storage"
STATICFILES_STORAGE = "inkwise.cdn.backends.CustomS3Boto3Storage"

Then in

if os.environ.get("server_type") == "production":
    from .cdn.conf import *

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