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Safe storage for django using AWS S3+CloudFront

Project description

Djamazing [d͡ʒəˈmeɪzɪŋ] offers a way to use S3+Cloudfront as Django Storage. It has the benefit over conventional storages, that it generates signed URLs, so only the user who was able to display the URL is also able to access it. Djamazing can work in two modes:

unprotected mode

In this mode the storage simply generates URL-s to cloudfront. The cloudfront distribution should be publicly accessible. This can be used for files that don’t require special security.

protected mode

The URLs are signed in this model using the SECRET_KEY. These signatures are only valid for the current user. Please remember that it is up to the developer to ensure that the signed URLs are created only when the user that can access them is logged in (some kind of per-row authorization should probably be in place). After clicking these a special view redirects the user to a signed cloudfront URL. This URL is only valid for a very small amount of time.

AWS configuration

  1. Create an S3 bucket.

  2. Generate a keypair for the user that can access the bucket.

  3. Create a cloudfront distribution that has origin in the bucket and is restricted to signed URLs.

  4. (for protected mode) Generate a cloudfront keypair that can be used in

    the distribution.


  1. Install djamazing by pip:

    $ pip install djamazing

    NOTE: If you are using djamazing with Django 1.10 you need a yet unpublished version of django-threadlocals:

    $ pip install git+
  2. Set "" as your DEFAULT_FILE_STORAGE.

  3. Configure Djamazing:

    -----END RSA PRIVATE KEY-----""",
        'CLOUDFRONT_KEY_ID': '...',
        'CLOUDFRONT_URL': '',
        'S3_KEY_ID': '...',
        'S3_SECRET_KEY': '...',
        'S3_BUCKET': '...',
        'SIGNATURE_TIMEOUT': datetime.timedelta(seconds=2),

    For unprotected mode omit the CLOUDFRONT_KEY and CLOUDFRONT_KEY_ID keys. If you want to store a cloudfornt key in the file CLOUDFRONT_KEY_FILE parameter may be also used with file path. Note that the SIGNATURE_TIMEOUT is the time that doesn’t require any human interaction, only the browser to handle the redirection. If unspecified - it defaults to 1.5 second.

  4. Add threadlocals middleware 'threadlocals.middleware.ThreadLocalMiddleware' to your MIDDLEWARE

  5. Add djamazing URLs to

    url(r'^djamazing/', include(djamazing.urls)),

Using various configurations in one project

If you want to use various configurations in one project (e.g. unprotected for static file and protected for uploads), you can use inheritance. Create a simple subclass of DjamazingStorage like:

class StaticStorage(DjamazingStorage):
    """Storage for static files"""

    def __init__(self):
        super(StaticStorage, self).__init__(settings.STATIC_DJAMAZING)

now you can use it as your storage like:

STATICFILES_STORAGE = 'some.path.StaticStorage'

and the STATIC_DJAMAZING configuration would override DJAMAZING configuration for this storage.

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