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Connexion is a framework on top of Flask_ that automagically handles
HTTP requests based on `OpenAPI 2.0 Specification`_ (formerly known as
Swagger Spec) of your API described in `YAML format`_. Connexion
allows you to write a Swagger specification, then maps the
endpoints to your Python functions; this makes it unique, as many
tools generate the specification based on your Python
code. You can describe your REST API in as much detail as
you want; then Connexion guarantees that it will work as
you specified.

We built Connexion this way in order to:

- simplify the development process
- confirm expectations about what your API will look like

Connexion Features:

- Validates requests and endpoint parameters automatically, based on
your specification
- Provides a Web Swagger Console UI so that the users of your API can
have live documentation and even call your API's endpoints
through it
- Handles OAuth 2 token-based authentication
- Supports API versioning
- Supports automatic serialization of payloads. If your
specification defines that an endpoint returns JSON, Connexion will
automatically serialize the return value for you and set the right
content type in the HTTP header.

Why Connexion

With Connexion, you write the spec first. Connexion then calls your Python
code, handling the mapping from the specification to the code. This
incentivizes you to write the specification so that all of your
developers can understand what your API does, even before you write a
single line of code.

If multiple teams depend on your APIs, you can use Connexion to easily send them the documentation of your API. This guarantees that your API will follow the specification that you wrote. This is a different process from that offered by frameworks such as Hug_, which generates a specification *after* you've written the code. Some disadvantages of generating specifications based on code is that they often end up lacking details or mix your documentation with the code logic of your application.

Other Sources/Mentions

- Zalando Tech blog post `API First`_
- Connexion listed on Swagger_'s website
- Blog post: `Crafting effective Microservices in Python`_

How to Use


Python 2.7 or Python 3.4+

Installing It

In your command line, type:

.. code-block:: bash

$ pip install connexion

Running It

Place your API YAML inside a folder in the root
path of your application (e.g ``swagger/``). Then run:

.. code-block:: python

import connexion

app = connexion.App(__name__, specification_dir='swagger/')

See the `Connexion Pet Store Example Application`_ for a sample

Now you're able to run and use Connexion!

OAuth 2 Authentication and Authorization

Connexion supports one of the three OAuth 2 handling methods. (See
"TODO" below.) With Connexion, the API security definition **must**
include a 'x-tokenInfoUrl' or 'x-tokenInfoFunc (or set ``TOKENINFO_URL``
or ``TOKENINFO_FUNC`` env var respectively). 'x-tokenInfoUrl' must contain an
URL to validate and get the `token information`_ and 'x-tokenInfoFunc must
contain a reference to a function used to obtain the token info. When both 'x-tokenInfoUrl'
and 'x-tokenInfoFunc' are used, Connexion will prioritize the function method. Connexion expects to
receive the OAuth token in the ``Authorization`` header field in the
format described in `RFC 6750 <rfc6750_>`_ section 2.1. This aspect
represents a significant difference from the usual OAuth flow.

Dynamic Rendering of Your Specification

Connexion uses Jinja2_ to allow specification parameterization through the `arguments` parameter. You can define specification arguments for the application either globally (via the `connexion.App` constructor) or for each specific API (via the `connexion.App#add_api` method):

.. code-block:: python

app = connexion.App(__name__, specification_dir='swagger/',
arguments={'global': 'global_value'})
app.add_api('my_api.yaml', arguments={'api_local': 'local_value'})

When a value is provided both globally and on the API, the API value will take precedence.

Endpoint Routing to Your Python Views

Connexion uses the ``operationId`` from each `Operation Object`_ to
identify which Python function should handle each URL.

**Explicit Routing**:

.. code-block:: yaml

operationId: myapp.api.hello_world

If you provide this path in your specification POST requests to
``http://MYHOST/hello_world``, it will be handled by the function
``hello_world`` in the ``myapp.api`` module. Optionally, you can include
``x-swagger-router-controller`` in your operation definition, making
``operationId`` relative:

.. code-block:: yaml

x-swagger-router-controller: myapp.api
operationId: hello_world

Automatic Routing

To customize this behavior, Connexion can use alternative
``Resolvers``--for example, ``RestyResolver``. The ``RestyResolver``
will compose an ``operationId`` based on the path and HTTP method of
the endpoints in your specification:

.. code-block:: python

from connexion.resolver import RestyResolver

app = connexion.App(__name__)
app.add_api('swagger.yaml', resolver=RestyResolver('api'))

.. code-block:: yaml

# Implied operationId: api.get
# Implied operationId:
# Implied operationId:

# Implied operationId:
# Implied operationId:
# Implied operationId:
# Implied operationId:

``RestyResolver`` will give precedence to any ``operationId`` encountered in the specification. It will also respect
``x-router-controller``. You can import and extend ``connexion.resolver.Resolver`` to implement your own ``operationId``
(and function) resolution algorithm.

Automatic Parameter Handling

Connexion automatically maps the parameters defined in your endpoint specification to arguments of your Python views as named parameters, and, whenever possible, with value casting. Simply define the endpoint's parameters with the same names as your views arguments.

As an example, say you have an endpoint specified as:

.. code-block:: yaml

operationId: api.foo_get
- name: message
description: Some message.
in: query
type: string
required: true

And the view function:

.. code-block:: python

# file

def foo_get(message):
# do something
return 'You send the message: {}'.format(message), 200

In this example, Connexion automatically recognizes that your view
function expects an argument named `message` and assigns the value
of the endpoint parameter `message` to your view function.

.. warning:: When you define a parameter at your endpoint as *not* required, and your Python view has
a non-named argument, you will get a "missing positional argument" exception whenever you call this endpoint WITHOUT the parameter.

Type casting

Whenever possible, Connexion will try to parse your argument values and
do type casting to related Python native values. The current
available type castings are:

| Swagger Type | Python Type |
| integer | int |
| string | str |
| number | float |
| boolean | bool |
| array | list |
| object | dict |

If you use the `array` type In the Swagger definition, you can define the
`collectionFormat` so that it won't be recognized. Connexion currently
supports collection formats "pipes" and "csv". The default format is "csv".

Parameter validation

Connexion can apply strict parameter validation for query and form data
parameters. When this is enabled, requests that include parameters not defined
in the swagger spec return a 400 error. You can enable it when adding the API
to your application:

.. code-block:: python

app.add_api('my_apy.yaml', strict_validation=True)

API Versioning and basePath

You can also define a ``basePath`` on the top level of the API
specification. This is useful for versioned APIs. To serve the
previous endpoint from ``http://MYHOST/1.0/hello_world``, type:

.. code-block:: yaml

basePath: /1.0

operationId: myapp.api.hello_world

If you don't want to include the base path in your specification, you
can provide it when adding the API to your application:

.. code-block:: python

app.add_api('my_api.yaml', base_path='/1.0')

Swagger JSON
Connexion makes the OpenAPI/Swagger specification in JSON format
available from ``swagger.json`` in the base path of the API.

You can disable the Swagger JSON at the application level:

.. code-block:: python

app = connexion.App(__name__, specification_dir='swagger/',

You can also disable it at the API level:

.. code-block:: python

app = connexion.App(__name__, specification_dir='swagger/')
app.add_api('my_api.yaml', swagger_json=False)

HTTPS Support

When specifying HTTPS as the scheme in the API YAML file, all the URIs
in the served Swagger UI are HTTPS endpoints. The problem: The default
server that runs is a "normal" HTTP server. This means that the
Swagger UI cannot be used to play with the API. What is the correct
way to start a HTTPS server when using Connexion?

One way, `described by Flask`_, looks like this:

.. code-block:: python

from OpenSSL import SSL
context = SSL.Context(SSL.SSLv23_METHOD)
context.use_certificate_file('yourserver.crt')'', port='12344',
debug=False/True, ssl_context=context)

However, Connexion doesn't provide an ssl_context parameter. This is
because Flask doesn't, either--but it uses `**kwargs` to send the
parameters to the underlying [werkzeug]( server.

The Swagger UI Console

The Swagger UI for an API is available, by default, in
``{base_path}/ui/`` where ``base_path`` is the base path of the API.

You can disable the Swagger UI at the application level:

.. code-block:: python

app = connexion.App(__name__, specification_dir='swagger/',

You can also disable it at the API level:

.. code-block:: python

app = connexion.App(__name__, specification_dir='swagger/')
app.add_api('my_api.yaml', swagger_ui=False)

If necessary, you can explicitly specify the path to the directory with
swagger-ui to not use the connexion-embedded swagger-ui distro.
In order to do this, you should specify the following option:

.. code-block:: python

options = {'swagger_path': '/path/to/swagger_ui/'}
app = connexion.App(__name__, specification_dir='swagger/', options=options)

Make sure that `swagger_ui/index.html` loads by default local swagger json.
You can use the `api_url` jinja variable for this purpose:

.. code-block::

const ui = SwaggerUIBundle({ url: "{{ api_url }}/swagger.json"})

Server Backend

Connexion uses the default Flask server. For asynchronous
applications, you can also use Tornado_ as the HTTP server. To do
this, set your server to ``tornado``:

.. code-block:: python

import connexion

app = connexion.App(__name__, specification_dir='swagger/')'tornado', port=8080)

You can use the Flask WSGI app with any WSGI container, e.g. `using
Flask with uWSGI`_ (this is common):

.. code-block:: python

app = connexion.App(__name__, specification_dir='swagger/')
application = # expose global WSGI application object

You can use the ``aiohttp`` framework as server backend as well:

.. code-block:: python

import connexion

app = connexion.AioHttpApp(__name__, specification_dir='swagger/')

**NOTE:** Also check aiohttp handler examples_.

Set up and run the installation code:

.. code-block:: bash

$ sudo pip3 install uwsgi
$ uwsgi --http :8080 -w app -p 16 # use 16 worker processes

See the `uWSGI documentation`_ for more information.

.. _using Flask with uWSGI:
.. _uWSGI documentation:
.. _examples:

Additional information is available at `Connexion's Documentation Page`_.


A full changelog is maintained on the `GitHub releases page`_.

.. _GitHub releases page:

Contributing to Connexion/TODOs

We welcome your ideas, issues, and pull requests. Just follow the
usual/standard GitHub practices.

Unless you explicitly state otherwise in advance, any non trivial
contribution intentionally submitted for inclusion in this project by you
to the steward of this repository (Zalando SE, Berlin) shall be under the
terms and conditions of Apache License 2.0 written below, without any
additional copyright information, terms or conditions.


If you'd like to become a more consistent contributor to Connexion, we'd love your help working on
these we have a list of `issues where we are looking for contributions`_.


We'd like to thank all of Connexion's contributors for working on this
project, and to Swagger/OpenAPI for their support.


Copyright 2015 Zalando SE

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.. _Flask:
.. _issues waffle board:
.. _API First:
.. _Hug:
.. _Swagger:
.. _Jinja2:
.. _rfc6750:
.. _OpenAPI 2.0 Specification:
.. _Operation Object:
.. _swager.spec.security_definition:
.. _swager.spec.security_requirement:
.. _YAML format:
.. _token information:
.. _Tornado:
.. _Connexion Pet Store Example Application:
.. _described by Flask:
.. _Connexion's Documentation Page:
.. _Crafting effective Microservices in Python:
.. _issues where we are looking for contributions:

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