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Django app for using API Star as frontend.

Project description

This project is a Django App that hooks up Django with the API Star’s routes and views. The aim is to have API Star as the API frontend, while having the whole Django toolset available for devs to work with.

Both API Star’s docs and Django Admin work as intended.

Suppports: - django>=1.8 - apistar>=0.3.5


For now, we don’t have this project registered at PyPI, so the only way to install it is to clone it and use it as another Django App: putting it into your project.

After putting the code into your Django project, we need to set up a couple of things. First, we need to add django_apistar to your INSTALLED_APPS in your project’s


Then, we need to register our request middleware. Since we need to modify responses, the lower you can put the middleware, the better.


Finally, we need two settings set if we want to use apistar: a base route module (APISTAR_ROUTE_CONF) and API Star’s own settings. After you’ve defined the databases in your settings file:



APISTAR_ROUTE_CONF = 'your_api_star_app.routes'

You may as well disable unused middlewares to speed up the response time.


For now, we only provide a class for Basic authentication.

To use it, configure your APISTAR_SETTINGS as you would configure your API Star app:

from django_apistar.auth import DjangoBasicAuthentication


APISTAR_SETTINGS['AUTHENTICATION'] = [DjangoBasicAuthentication()],

How it works

The way this app works is by faking an API Star WSGIApp while hijacking Django’s own process and using the API Star app whenever Django can’t respond to a request (404).

When responding a request, if Django responded 404, our middleware kicks in and tries to respond it using the API Star routes and views. Keep in mind that even using this app, Django’s routes take precedence.

Implementing views

There is no need to think about corner cases when writing views. We only need to keep in mind that we won’t be able to use the django_orm backend baked into API Star, so we must access models directly to deal with CRUD operations.

For example, let’s create a view that persists a Product:

from core import schemas
from core.models import Product

def create_product(product: schemas.Product):
    db_product = Product(**product)
    return http.Response(content=schemas.Product(db_product.__dict__), status=201)

As intended, all the data validation is at the schemas, and everything is handled my API Star.

Implementing tests

To test your API Star views, we can make use of the whole Django test framework. The only main difference is that we can’t use Django’s test client, since it’s tuned to work with Django views. We can, though, use API Star’s own test client:

from django.test import TestCase
from apistar.test import TestClient
from model_mommy import mommy
from django_apistar.apps import App

from core import models, schemas

class TestListProducts(TestCase):

    def test_list_products(self):
        client = TestClient(App)
        url = App.reverse_url('list_products')
        produto = mommy.make(models.Product, rating=5, size='large')

        response = client.get(url)
        content = response.json()

        expected_product = schemas.Product(product.__dict__)
        self.assertEqual(1, len(content))
        self.assertEqual(expected_product, content[0])


There are still a lot of ways we can improve and add more features to this app. If you find any bugs or have significant suggestions, just open an issue or contact me at Pull requests will be received with all care and attention as well :)

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