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A python library with helpful django tools for Aether

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Aether Django SDK Library

This library contains the most common features used by the different Aether django modules.

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This library requires Python 3.6 and above.

Python libraries:

  • django As web framework. (Above 2)
  • django-cors-headers for handling the server headers required for Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS).
  • django-debug-toolbar A configurable set of panels that display various debug information about the current request/response.
  • django-prometheus To monitor the application with
  • django-silk A live profiling and inspection tool for the Django framework.
  • django-uwsgi Django related examples/tricks/modules for uWSGI.
  • djangorestframework A powerful and flexible toolkit for building Web APIs. (Above 3.8)
  • drf-dynamic-fields Dynamically select only a subset of fields per DRF resource, either using a whitelist or a blacklist.
  • psycopg2-binary Python-PostgreSQL Database Adapter.
  • pygments A syntax highlighting package written in Python.
  • python-json-logger A python library adding a json log formatter.
  • requests HTTP for Humans.
  • uwsgi The Python Web Server Gateway Interface.

Extra dependencies (based on settings):

  • cas

    • django-cas-ng Django CAS (Central Authentication Service) client. (Above 3.6)
  • scheduler

    • django-rq A simple app that provides django integration for RQ (Redis Queue).
    • redis The Python interface to the Redis key-value store.
    • rq Simple, lightweight, library for creating background jobs, and processing them.
    • rq-scheduler Small package that adds job scheduling capabilities to RQ.
  • server

  • storage

  • test

    • coverage A tool for measuring code coverage of Python programs.
    • flake8 Tool For Style Guide Enforcement.
    • flake8-quotes Flake8 extension for checking quotes in python.
    • tblib Traceback serialization library.
  • webpack

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# standalone
pip3 install aether.sdk

# with extra dependencies
pip3 install aether.sdk[cas,scheduler,server,storage,test,webpack]

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How to create the package distribution

Execute the following command:

python3 bdist_wheel



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How to test the library

First install dependencies (execute it only once):


After that execute the following command:

source ./venv/bin/activate

The file scripts/test.ini contains the environment variables used in the tests.

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Quick start

Add this snippet in the file to have the build the django application settings based on the environment variables.

# if it's an aether module
from aether.sdk.conf.settings_aether import *  # noqa

# if it's an external aether product
from aether.sdk.conf.settings import *  # noqa

# continue with the application specific settings
# and re-import the settings variables you need to reuse
# from aether.sdk.conf.settings[_aether] import WHATEVER YOU NEED TO...

Add this snippet in the file to generate default urlpatterns based on the application settings.

from aether.sdk.conf.urls import generate_urlpatterns

urlpatterns = generate_urlpatterns(token=[True|False], app=[
    # include here the application/module specific URLs

Default URLs included:

  • The health endpoints:

    • the /health URL. Always responds with 200 status and an empty content. Uses view.
    • the /check-db URL. Responds with 500 status if the database is not available. Uses view.
    • the /check-app URL. Responds with current application version and more. Uses view.
  • the /admin section URLs (ADMIN_URL setting).

  • the /admin/~prometheus/metrics URL. Displays the raw monitoring data.

  • the /admin/~uwsgi/ URL. If uWSGI is running displays the server uWSGI settings.

  • the /accounts URLs (AUTH_URL setting), checks if the REST Framework ones, using the templates indicated in LOGIN_TEMPLATE and LOGGED_OUT_TEMPLATE settings, or the Keycloak/CAS ones.

Based on the arguments:

  • token: indicates if the application should be able to create and return user tokens via POST request and activates the URL. The URL endpoint is indicated in the TOKEN_URL setting. Defaults to /token. Uses aether.sdk.auth.views.auth_token view.

    If the current user is not an admin user then creates and returns the authorization token for himself, otherwise creates a token for the username contained in the request payload.

Based on the application settings:

  • If DEBUG is enabled:

    • the debug toolbar URLs.

    • the /admin/~silk/ URL. Displays the profiling data.
  • If EXTERNAL_APPS is set and valid:

    • the /check-app/{name} URL. Checks if the external application is reachable with the URL and token indicated in the settings. Uses view. For /check-app/app-name checks if an external application server APP_NAME is reachable with the provided environment variables APP_NAME_URL and APP_NAME_TOKEN.

      Possible responses:

      • 500 - Always Look on the Bright Side of Life!!!
      • 200 - Brought to you by eHealth Africa - good tech for hard places
    • the /check-tokens URL. Redirects to the user tokens page if any of the external applications is not reachable with the URL indicated in the settings and the linked current user token. Uses view and the aether.sdk.auth.apptoken.decorators.app_token_required decorator.

    • the /check-user-tokens URL (CHECK_TOKEN_URL setting). Displays the external application tokens for the current user. Uses aether.sdk.auth.apptoken.views.user_app_token_view view and the template eha/tokens.html.

  • If APP_URL setting is different than /, then the URL pattern for all endpoints is like: /{app-url}/{endpoint}.


    The application endpoints are also reachable with a prefixed regular expresion that includes the realm value and the the gateway id for this application.

    The URL pattern is like: /{app-url}/{current-realm}/{gateway-id}/{endpoint}.

    The authorization and admin endpoints never depend on any realm so the URLs use always the public realm.

    Something like:

    • /{app-url}/{public-realm}/{gateway-id}/accounts and
    • /{app-url}/{public-realm}/{gateway-id}/admin.

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Environment variables

The following environment variables are used to build the application django settings. Take a look at the django settings.

Take a look at aether/sdk/ file to check the list of all the expected environment variables.

App specific

  • APP_LINK: The link that appears in the DRF web pages.
  • APP_NAME: eha. The application name displayed in the web pages.
  • APP_NAME_HTML: The HTML expression for the application name. Defaults to the application name.
  • APP_MODULE: The django module that refers to this application to be included in the INSTALLED_APPS list.
  • APP_FAVICON: eha/images/eHA-icon.svg. The application favicon.
  • APP_LOGO: eha/images/eHA-icon.svg. The application logo.
  • APP_URL: /. The application URL in the server. If host is http://my-server and the application URL is /my-module, the application enpoints will be accessible at http://my-server/my-module/{endpoint}.

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  • DEBUG: Enables debug mode. Is false if unset or set to empty string, anything else is considered true.
  • TESTING: Indicates if the application executes under test conditions. Is false if unset or set to empty string, anything else is considered true.
  • LOGGING_FORMATTER: json. The application messages format. Possible values: verbose or json.
  • LOGGING_LEVEL: info. Logging level for application messages.
  • SENTRY_DSN: Sentry DSN (error reporting tool).
  • PRETTIFIED_CUTOFF: 10000. Indicates the maximum length of a prettified JSON value. See: aether.sdk.utils.json_prettified(value, indent=2) method.
Django Rest Framework (DRF)
  • PAGE_SIZE: 10. Default page size for the REST API.
  • MAX_PAGE_SIZE: 5000. Maximum page size for the REST API.
  • HTML_SELECT_CUTOFF: 100. Options size for the REST API Form select fields.

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  • PGHOST: Postgres host name (mandatory).
  • PGPORT: Postgres port (mandatory).
  • DB_NAME: Postgres database name (mandatory).
  • PGUSER: Postgres user (mandatory).
  • PGPASSWORD: Postgres user password (mandatory).
  • DB_CONN_MAX_AGE: The lifetime of a database connection, in seconds.
  • ADMIN_URL: admin. Admin section endpoint.
  • AUTH_URL: accounts. Authorization endpoints (login and logout URLs)
  • LOGIN_URL, /{AUTH_URL}/login. Login URL.
  • TOKEN_URL: token. Get authorization token endpoint.
  • CHECK_TOKEN_URL: check-user-tokens. Check authorization tokens endpoint.
  • LOGIN_TEMPLATE: eha/login.html. Template used in the login page.
  • LOGGED_OUT_TEMPLATE: eha/logged_out.html. Template used in the logged out page.
  • DRF_API_RENDERER_TEMPLATE: eha/api.html. Template used in the DRF browsable API renderer page.
  • DRF_ADMIN_RENDERER_TEMPLATE: eha/admin.html. Template used in the DRF API admin renderer page.
  • KEYCLOAK_TEMPLATE: eha/login_realm.html. Template used in the login step to get the realm and redirect to keycloak login page.
  • KEYCLOAK_BEHIND_TEMPLATE: eha/login_keycloak.html. Template used in the login page when keycloak is enabled behind the scenes.
  • PROFILING_ENABLED: Used to indicate if the profiling tool (Silk) is enabled. Is false if unset or set to empty string, anything else is considered true.
  • SILKY_PYTHON_PROFILER. Used to indicate if uses Python's built-in cProfile profiler. Is false if unset or set to empty string, anything else is considered true.
  • SILKY_PYTHON_PROFILER_BINARY. Used to indicate if generates a binary .prof file. Is false if unset or set to empty string, anything else is considered true.
  • SILKY_PYTHON_PROFILER_RESULT_PATH: /tmp/. Local directory where the *.prof files are stored.
  • SILKY_META. To see what effect Silk is having on the request/response time. Is false if unset or set to empty string, anything else is considered true.
  • SILKY_MAX_REQUEST_BODY_SIZE: -1. Silk saves the request body if its size (in bytes) is less than the indicated value. Any value less than 0 means no limit.
  • SILKY_MAX_RESPONSE_BODY_SIZE: -1. Silk saves the response body if its size (in bytes) is less than the indicated value. Any value less than 0 means no limit.
  • SILKY_INTERCEPT_PERCENT: 100. Indicates the percentage of requests that are recorded.
  • SILKY_MAX_RECORDED_REQUESTS: 10000. The number of request/responses stored.

The /admin/~silk/ URL displays the profiling data (accessible to admin users only).

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File Storage System

  • STORAGE_REQUIRED: Used to indicate if the file storage system is required. Is false if unset or set to empty string, anything else is considered true.
  • DJANGO_STORAGE_BACKEND: Used to specify a Default file storage system. Available options: minio, s3, gcs.

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  • BUCKET_NAME: Name of the bucket that will act as MEDIA folder (mandatory).
  • MINIO_STORAGE_SECRET_KEY: Minio Secret Access Key.
  • MINIO_STORAGE_ENDPOINT: Minio server URL endpoint (without scheme).
  • MINIO_STORAGE_USE_HTTPS: Whether to use TLS or not. Determines the scheme.
  • MINIO_STORAGE_AUTO_CREATE_MEDIA_BUCKET: Whether to create the bucket if it does not already exist.
  • MINIO_STORAGE_MEDIA_USE_PRESIGNED: Determines if the media file URLs should be pre-signed.

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  • BUCKET_NAME: Name of the bucket to use on s3 (mandatory). Must be unique on s3.
  • AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID: AWS Access Key to your s3 account.
  • AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY: AWS Secret Access Key to your s3 account.
Google Cloud Storage (DJANGO_STORAGE_BACKEND=gcs)
  • BUCKET_NAME: Name of the bucket to use on gcs (mandatory). Create bucket using Google Cloud Console and set appropriate permissions.
  • GS_ACCESS_KEY_ID: Google Cloud Access Key.
  • GS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY: Google Cloud Secret Access Key.

How to create Access Keys on Google Cloud Storage

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  • SCHEDULER_REQUIRED: Used to indicate if the RQ platform is required. Is false if unset or set to empty string, anything else is considered true.
  • REDIS_HOST: The redis host name (mandatory).
  • REDIS_PORT: The redis port (mandatory).
  • REDIS_DB: The redis database. Defaults to 0.
  • REDIS_PASSWORD: The redis password (mandatory).

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  • WEBPACK_REQUIRED: Used to indicate if the assets are served via webpack. Is false if unset or set to empty string, anything else is considered true.
  • WEBPACK_STATS_FILE: {STATIC_ROOT}webpack-stats.json, indicates the file path that webpack uses to serve the different assets.

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Users & Authentication


The standard options are to log in via token authentication, via basic authentication or via the standard django authentication.

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Keycloak Server

Set the KEYCLOAK_SERVER_URL and KEYCLOAK_CLIENT_ID environment variables if you want to use Keycloak as authentication server. KEYCLOAK_CLIENT_ID (defaults to eha) is the public client that allows the aether module to authenticate using the Keycloak REST API. This client id must be added to all the realms used by the aether module. The KEYCLOAK_SERVER_URL must include all the path until the realm is indicated, usually until /auth/realms.

There are two ways of setting up keycloak:

a) In this case the authentication process happens in the server side without any further user interaction.

# .env file

b) In this case the user is redirected to the keycloak server to finish the sign in step.

# .env file

Read more in Keycloak.

Note: Multi-tenancy is automatically enabled if the authentication server is keycloak.

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Gateway Authentication

Set GATEWAY_SERVICE_ID to enable gateway authentication with keycloak. This means that the authentication is handled by a third party system (like Kong) that includes in each request the JSON Web Token (JWT) in the GATEWAY_HEADER_TOKEN header (defaults to X-Oauth-Token). The GATEWAY_SERVICE_ID indicates the gateway service.

In this case the application URLs can be reached in several ways:

Trying to access the health endpoint /health:

For those endpoints that don't depend on the realm and must also be available "unprotected" we need one more environment variable:

  • GATEWAY_PUBLIC_REALM: - This represents the fake realm that is not protected by the gateway server. In this case the authentication is handled by the other available options, i.e., basic, token, CAS...

The authorization and admin endpoints never depend on any realm so the final URLs use always the public realm.

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CAS Server

Set the HOSTNAME and CAS_SERVER_URL environment variables if you want to activate the CAS integration in the application.

See more in Django CAS client.

Note: CAS option cannot be enabled at the same time as Keycloak.

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The technical implementation is explained in Multi-tenancy README. Follow the instructions to enable multi-tenancy option in your application.

  • MULTITENANCY, Enables or disables the feature, is false if unset or set to empty string, anything else is considered true.
  • DEFAULT_REALM, eha The default realm for artefacts created while multi-tenancy was not enabled.
  • REALM_COOKIE, eha-realm The name of the cookie that keeps the current tenant id in the request headers.

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External applications

  • EXTERNAL_APPS: comma separated list with the external apps that the current instance must be able to connect to and interact with. For each value there should be the correspondent environment variables:

    • <<EXTERNAL_APP>>_URL: External application server URL (mandatory).
    • <<EXTERNAL_APP>>_TOKEN: External application authorization token (mandatory).
    • <<EXTERNAL_APP>>_URL_TEST: External application server URL used in tests. Defaults to the external application server URL.
    • <<EXTERNAL_APP>>_TOKEN_TEST: External application authorization token used in tests. Defaults to the external application authorization token.

If the EXTERNAL_APPS equals to app-1,mod-ule-2,pro-d-uct-3 the expected and mandatory environment variables are:


If the Gateway authentication is enabled instead of using the given token the application will use the provided GATEWAY_HEADER_TOKEN value to communicate with the external application when possible.

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Management commands

To check if an URL is reachable via command line.

# arguments:
#      -u | --url        required
#      -t | --token      optional
./ check_url -u=http://my-server/url/to/check

To create "admin" users via command line.

# arguments:
#      -u | --username   required
#      -p | --password   required
#      -e | --email      optional
#      -t | --token      optional
./ setup_admin -u=admin -p=password -t=auth_token

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