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Basic auth utilities for Django.

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Basic auth utilities for Django.


Tested under…

  • Python
    • 2.7
    • 3.6
  • Django
    • 1.8
    • 1.10
    • 1.11
    • 2.0


pip install django-basicauth


from basicauth.decorators import basic_auth_required

def myview(request):

or by a middleware.


The name of MIDDLEWARE settings is MIDDLEWARE_CLASSES on Django 1.8.

Basic Auth for specific requestno only

To apply basic auth for specific requests, Use target_test argument.

In the below code, anonymous users will be required Basic Auth Authenticated users can pass it without Basic … header.

from basicauth.decorators import basic_auth_required

    target_test=lambda request: not request.user.is_authenticated
def myview(request):

target_test accepts typing.Callable[[HttpRequest], bool], and if the callable returns True, Basic Auth will be required.

Applying decorator to CBVs

To apply @basic_auth_requried decorator to Class Based Views, use django.utils.decorators.method_decorator.

from django.utils.decorators import method_decorator
from basicauth.decorators import basic_auth_required

@method_decorator(basic_auth_required, name='dispatch')
class YourView(TemplateView):
    template_name = "my-template.html"


  • BASICAUTH_USERS (required): Dictionary including keys as username and values as passwords.
  • BASICAUTH_REALM: realm string, default is “Secure resource”.
  • BASICAUTH_DISABLE: Disable all of barriers by this library.


0.5.1 (2018-08-06)

  • Added supporting Django2.1
    • Thanks @rhymes

0.5 (2018-05-09)

  • Added supporting Django2.0
    • Thanks @timheap

0.4.2 (2017-11-27)

  • Fixed to avoid timing attacks
    • Lots of thanks for Hugo Castilho

0.4.1 (2017-10-20)

  • Added target_test argument for the decorator.

0.4 (2017-09-30)

  • Supported Python 2.7
  • Dropped Django1.9
  • Supported Django 1.10+ style middleware

0.3 (2017-08-28)

  • Added BASICAUTH_DISABLE setting
  • Changed API of basicauthutils.validate_request
    • Fixed to return True/False
    • Adding REMOTE_USER by this function

0.2.1 (2017-08-28)

  • Officially supported Django 1.11, 1.10, 1.9

0.2 (2016-03-31)

0.1 (2015-04-20)

  • Initial

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