Once a :app:`Pyramid` application is up and running, it is ready to accept requests and return responses.
- A user initiates a request from his browser to the hostname and port number of the WSGI server used by the :app:`Pyramid` application.
- The WSGI server used by the :app:`Pyramid` application passes the WSGI environment to the __call__ method of the :app:`Pyramid` :term:`router` object.
- A :term:`request` object is created based on the WSGI environment.
- The :term:`application registry` and the :term:`request` object created in the last step are pushed on to the :term:`thread local` stack that :app:`Pyramid` uses to allow the functions named :func:`~pyramid.threadlocal.get_current_request` and :func:`~pyramid.threadlocal.get_current_registry` to work.
- A :class:`~pyramid.events.NewRequest` :term:`event` is sent to any subscribers.
- If any :term:`route` has been defined within application configuration, the :app:`Pyramid` :term:`router` calls a :term:`URL dispatch` "route mapper." The job of the mapper is to examine the request to determine whether any user-defined :term:`route` matches the current WSGI environment. The :term:`router` passes the request as an argument to the mapper.
- If any route matches, the request is mutated; a matchdict and matched_route attributes are added to the request object; the former contains a dictionary representing the matched dynamic elements of the request's PATH_INFO value, the latter contains the :class:`~pyramid.interfaces.IRoute` object representing the route which matched. The root object associated with the route found is also generated: if the :term:`route configuration` which matched has an associated a factory argument, this factory is used to generate the root object, otherwise a default :term:`root factory` is used.
- If a route match was not found, and a root_factory argument was passed to the :term:`Configurator` constructor, that callable is used to generate the root object. If the root_factory argument passed to the Configurator constructor was None, a default root factory is used to generate a root object.
- The :app:`Pyramid` router calls a "traverser" function with the root object and the request. The traverser function attempts to traverse the root object (using any existing __getitem__ on the root object and subobjects) to find a :term:`context`. If the root object has no __getitem__ method, the root itself is assumed to be the context. The exact traversal algorithm is described in :ref:`traversal_chapter`. The traverser function returns a dictionary, which contains a :term:`context` and a :term:`view name` as well as other ancillary information.
- The request is decorated with various names returned from the traverser (such as context, view_name, and so forth), so they can be accessed via e.g. request.context within :term:`view` code.
- A :class:`~pyramid.events.ContextFound` :term:`event` is sent to any subscribers.
- :app:`Pyramid` looks up a :term:`view` callable using the context, the request, and the view name. If a view callable doesn't exist for this combination of objects (based on the type of the context, the type of the request, and the value of the view name, and any :term:`predicate` attributes applied to the view configuration), :app:`Pyramid` raises a :class:`~pyramid.httpexceptions.HTTPNotFound` exception, which is meant to be caught by a surrounding :term:`exception view`.
- If a view callable was found, :app:`Pyramid` attempts to call the view function.
- If an :term:`authorization policy` is in use, and the view was protected by a :term:`permission`, :app:`Pyramid` passes the context, the request, and the view_name to a function which determines whether the view being asked for can be executed by the requesting user, based on credential information in the request and security information attached to the context. If it returns True, :app:`Pyramid` calls the view callable to obtain a response. If it returns False, it raises a :class:`~pyramid.httpexceptions.HTTPForbidden` exception, which is meant to be called by a surrounding :term:`exception view`.
- If any exception was raised within a :term:`root factory`, by :term:`traversal`, by a :term:`view callable` or by :app:`Pyramid` itself (such as when it raises :class:`~pyramid.httpexceptions.HTTPNotFound` or :class:`~pyramid.httpexceptions.HTTPForbidden`), the router catches the exception, and attaches it to the request as the exception attribute. It then attempts to find a :term:`exception view` for the exception that was caught. If it finds an exception view callable, that callable is called, and is presumed to generate a response. If an :term:`exception view` that matches the exception cannot be found, the exception is reraised.
- The following steps occur only when a :term:`response` could be successfully generated by a normal :term:`view callable` or an :term:`exception view` callable. :app:`Pyramid` will attempt to execute any :term:`response callback` functions attached via :meth:`~pyramid.request.Request.add_response_callback`. A :class:`~pyramid.events.NewResponse` :term:`event` is then sent to any subscribers. The response object's __call__ method is then used to generate a WSGI response. The response is sent back to the upstream WSGI server.
- :app:`Pyramid` will attempt to execute any :term:`finished callback` functions attached via :meth:`~pyramid.request.Request.add_finished_callback`.
- The :term:`thread local` stack is popped.
This is a very high-level overview that leaves out various details. For more detail about subsystems invoked by the :app:`Pyramid` router such as traversal, URL dispatch, views, and event processing, see :ref:`urldispatch_chapter`, :ref:`views_chapter`, and :ref:`events_chapter`.