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Django REST framework

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Awesome web-browseable Web APIs.

Note: Full documentation for the project is available at http://www.django-rest-framework.org.

Overview

Django REST framework is a powerful and flexible toolkit that makes it easy to build Web APIs.

Some reasons you might want to use REST framework:

There is a live example API for testing purposes, available here.

Below: Screenshot from the browseable API

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Requirements

  • Python (2.6.5+, 2.7, 3.2, 3.3)
  • Django (1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6)

Installation

Install using pip...

pip install djangorestframework

Add 'rest_framework' to your INSTALLED_APPS setting.

INSTALLED_APPS = (
    ...
    'rest_framework',        
)

Example

Let's take a look at a quick example of using REST framework to build a simple model-backed API for accessing users and groups.

Here's our project's root urls.py module:

from django.conf.urls.defaults import url, patterns, include
from django.contrib.auth.models import User, Group
from rest_framework import viewsets, routers

# ViewSets define the view behavior.
class UserViewSet(viewsets.ModelViewSet):
    model = User

class GroupViewSet(viewsets.ModelViewSet):
    model = Group


# Routers provide an easy way of automatically determining the URL conf
router = routers.DefaultRouter()
router.register(r'users', UserViewSet)
router.register(r'groups', GroupViewSet)


# Wire up our API using automatic URL routing.
# Additionally, we include login URLs for the browseable API.
urlpatterns = patterns('',
    url(r'^', include(router.urls)),
    url(r'^api-auth/', include('rest_framework.urls', namespace='rest_framework'))
)

We'd also like to configure a couple of settings for our API.

Add the following to your settings.py module:

REST_FRAMEWORK = {
    # Use hyperlinked styles by default.
    # Only used if the `serializer_class` attribute is not set on a view.
    'DEFAULT_MODEL_SERIALIZER_CLASS':
        'rest_framework.serializers.HyperlinkedModelSerializer',

    # Use Django's standard `django.contrib.auth` permissions,
    # or allow read-only access for unauthenticated users.
    'DEFAULT_PERMISSION_CLASSES': [
        'rest_framework.permissions.DjangoModelPermissionsOrAnonReadOnly'
    ]
}

Don't forget to make sure you've also added rest_framework to your INSTALLED_APPS setting.

That's it, we're done!

Documentation & Support

Full documentation for the project is available at http://www.django-rest-framework.org.

For questions and support, use the REST framework discussion group, or #restframework on freenode IRC.

You may also want to follow the author on Twitter.

Security

If you believe you’ve found something in Django REST framework which has security implications, please do not raise the issue in a public forum.

Send a description of the issue via email to rest-framework-security@googlegroups.com. The project maintainers will then work with you to resolve any issues where required, prior to any public disclosure.

License

Copyright (c) 2011-2014, Tom Christie All rights reserved.

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met:

Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution.

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