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Assortment of various utilities for Flask applications

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FlaskWarts are a set of utility classes and functions for making it easier to overcome some of the warts that one always seem to encounter when developing Flask applications. It’s called ‘warts’ because ‘utils’ was taken. The main package is still called utils, because that’s what it was called in a few apps author was using the code in, and was too lazy to refactor them all.


The library is not too generic. In fact, it’s quite opinionated. It’s made available as is if you care to use it, but it’s mainly there for the author’s use cases.

While not an immediate goal, it is author’s intention to make this a fully-comliant Flask extension at some point, and far more flexible. It may be brokend down into multiple separate libraries as well. Currently, it is a multi-purpose library that expects you to organize your site as a single application and uses flask.current_app extensively. While this is not a good pattern in general, it’s a pattern that works (for the time being).

It also expects that you place your configuration in app.config.

Note that not all code is fully developed and tested. Some of the code even misses unit tests, and documentation doesn’t exist. So this is pretty much pre-alpha software. Also, don’t expect anything in the way of API stability in any form.


The utils have following features:

  • Class-based route handlers (utils.routes)
  • Form-handling with Formencode (utils.forms)
  • CSRF middleware (utils.middlewares)
  • Basic timezone manipulation support (utils.timezone)
  • One decorator for denying non-XHR requests (utils.decorators)



easy_install FlaskWarts


pip install FlaskWarts

Class-based route handling

Please see the sources for now. More detailed docs are planned for future releases. It’s similar to Django’s CBVs but not quite the same.

Form-handling with Formencode

Allows basic form validation using Formencode’s htmlfill_schemabuilder. Docs on the way, so stay tuned.

CSRF middleware

A bit rough at the moment, but works. Uses os.urandom for random number generation, you’ve been warned. It also makes Jinja2 a requirement.

Basic usage is simply:

from utils.middlewares import csrf

In template:

<form method="POST">
    {{ csrf_tag }}

Docs? Who said anything about docs? :D

Timezone manipulation

Requires pytz. Again, no docs yet, so please look at the module.


To prevent non-XHR requests to your endpoint, just do this:

from utils.decorators import xhr_only

def my_view():

It will abort a non-XHR request with HTTP 400 status.

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