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, 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.
- 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 django-filter # Filtering support
...or clone the project from github.
git clone email@example.com: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.
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