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Django Rest reCAPTCHA

Django Rest reCAPTCHA field to add google recaptcha in django-rest-framework


Tested with:

  • Python: 2.7, 3.5
  • Django: 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, 1.11


  1. Install with pip install django-rest-recaptcha.
  2. Add 'recaptcha' to your INSTALLED_APPS setting.
  3. Register and obtain recaptcha keys here

#. Add the obtained keys to settings(For testing and development you can leave it blank to use default test keys as mentioned here For example:

GR_CAPTCHA_SECRET_KEY = 'GoogleRecaptchaPrivateKey001'


#. Now you can import and use the recaptcha field in your serializer. For example:

from rest_framework import serializers
from recaptcha.fields import ReCaptchaField

class ExampleSerializer(serializers.Serializer):
     recaptcha = ReCaptchaField(write_only=True)

Unit Testing

Django Rest reCAPTCHA uses an environment variable RECAPTCHA_TESTING which helps tests. This environment variable should be set to "True" in your testing environment and any value will be considered to be validated.


import os
os.environ['RECAPTCHA_TESTING'] = 'True'

data = {'recaptcha': 'dummy value'}
response ='/my/api/endpoint/', data)
assert response.status_code == 200

The code above may vary according to your testing suite.