Yeoman generator for a Django REST/GraphQL API, an optional React SPA & lots more!
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A Yeoman generator for a Django REST API (and optionally a React SPA) that makes you efficient, includes features you need in a typical modern web app, yet keeps things simple. You can see an example app bootstrapped in this manner here.

Note: the project is still considered to be in beta until I get a chance to test it on more apps. That said, I am using it in my own projects :)


The philosophy is to include features useful across projects that are tedious to set up from scratch. Some of the cool features are:

  • 🚀 quick to launch – start a new project and deploy it to Heroku in 3 commands:

    yo django-rest
  • ⚡️ productive – start the Django, DB & optionally frontend dev servers easily

  • 🐳 Docker support – get a complete environment with Django, Postgres & Redis in a single command:

    docker-compose up
  • 🦄 modern JS – serve static files on / using django-spa for nice single-page apps using React / Angular / Vue…

  • ⚛️ GraphQL – interactive API with filtering and nested queries using Graphene

  • ⛵️ monorepo - option to automatically set up a create-react-app frontend for you in the same git repo with everything integrated under the mantra one app, one repo, one dyno

  • 📦 Heroku-friendly packaging – if you're using the built-in React frontend, minifies the frontend and packages it up with Django into a separate prod branch ready for deployment as a Django web app (that gets deployed to Heroku by default)

  • 🤓 12-factor config – environment variable configuration using django-environ

    • define a variable in .env for dev e.g. REDIS_URL=redis://localhost:6379/0
    • use it in, e.g. CELERY_RESULT_BACKEND = env('REDIS_URL')
    • set variables on the prod server (just works™ with Redis on Heroku)
  • 🔋 batteries included

    • Celery with a Redis backend – cause you'll need an async task queue
    • Backblaze B2 media file storage backend (optional)
    • snapshottest quickly write tests by taking API snapshots.
  • 📜 sane logging – defaults to fail nicely

  • 🐶 familiar – check out the rough project file layout, it's much like django-admin startproject myproject would set it up (only repeats the project name twice, i.e. ~/code/myproject/myproject/ An example generated app is available here.

See for a full release history with all the features.

Getting Started

To begin, you need to install node.js. Once you have that, you need Yeoman pre-installed. Yeoman lives in the npm package repository. You only have to ask for him once, then he packs up and moves into your hard drive.

npm install -g yo

Then, we need the django-rest generator, i.e. plug-in. You install generator-django-rest from npm.

npm install -g generator-django-rest

Finally, for every new project you would initiate the generator in an empty folder.

mkdir myproject
cd myproject
yo django-rest

Now check the file in the generated code project for extra instructions (generated from this template if you're curious).