Django REST framework
A toolkit for building well-connected, self-describing web APIs.
Author: Tom Christie. Follow me on Twitter.
Support: REST framework group, or
#restframework on freenode IRC.
Full documentation for REST framework is available on http://django-rest-framework.org.
Django REST framework is a lightweight library that makes it easy to build Web APIs. It is designed as a modular and easy to customize architecture, based on Django's class based views.
Web APIs built using REST framework are fully self-describing and web browseable - a huge useability win for your developers. It also supports a wide range of media types, authentication and permission policies out of the box.
If you are considering using REST framework for your API, we recommend reading the REST framework 2 announcment which gives a good overview of the framework and it's capabilities.
There is also a sandbox API you can use for testing purposes, available here.
- Python (2.6.5+, 2.7, 3.2, 3.3)
- Django (1.3, 1.4, 1.5)
- Markdown - Markdown support for the self describing API.
- PyYAML - YAML content type support.
- defusedxml - XML content-type support.
- django-filter - Filtering support.
pip, including any optional packages you want...
pip install djangorestframework pip install markdown # Markdown support for the browseable API. pip install pyyaml # YAML content-type support. pip install defusedxml # XML content-type support. pip install django-filter # Filtering support
...or clone the project from github.
git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:tomchristie/django-rest-framework.git cd django-rest-framework pip install -r requirements.txt pip install -r optionals.txt
'rest_framework' to your
INSTALLED_APPS = ( ... 'rest_framework', )
If you're intending to use the browseable API you'll probably also want to add REST framework's login and logout views. Add the following to your root
urlpatterns = patterns('', ... url(r'^api-auth/', include('rest_framework.urls', namespace='rest_framework')) )
Note that the URL path can be whatever you want, but you must include
'rest_framework.urls' with the
To build the docs.
To run the tests.
To run the tests against all supported configurations, first install the tox testing tool globally, using
pip install tox, then simply run
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