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Django middleware that logs http request body.

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Plug django-request-logging into your Django project and you will have intuitive and color coded request/response payload logging, for both web requests and API requests. Supports Django 1.8+.


$ pip install django-request-logging

Then add request_logging.middleware.LoggingMiddleware to your MIDDLEWARE.

For example:


And configure logging in your app:

    'version': 1,
    'disable_existing_loggers': False,
    'handlers': {
        'console': {
            'class': 'logging.StreamHandler',
    'loggers': {
        'django.request': {
            'handlers': ['console'],
            'level': 'DEBUG',  # change debug level as appropiate
            'propagate': False,


Most of times you don't have to care about these details. But in case you need to dig deep:

  • All logs are configured using logger name "django.request".
  • If HTTP status code is between 400 - 599, URIs are logged at ERROR level, otherwise they are logged at INFO level.
  • If HTTP status code is between 400 - 599, data are logged at ERROR level, otherwise they are logged at DEBUG level.

See REQUEST_LOGGING_HTTP_4XX_LOG_LEVEL setting to override this.

A no_logging decorator is included for views with sensitive data.

By default, value of Http headers HTTP_AUTHORIZATION and HTTP_PROXY_AUTHORIZATION are replaced wih *****. You can use REQUEST_LOGGING_SENSITIVE_HEADERS setting to override this default behaviour with your list of sensitive headers.

Django settings

You can customized some behaves of django-request-logging by following settings in Django


By default, data will log in DEBUG level, you can change to other valid level (Ex. logging.INFO) if need.


If you want to log into log file instead of console, you may want to remove ANSI color. You can set REQUEST_LOGGING_ENABLE_COLORIZE=False to disable colorize.


This legacy setting will still available, but you should't use this setting anymore. You should use REQUEST_LOGGING_ENABLE_COLORIZE instead. We keep this settings for backward compatibility.


By default, max length of a request body and a response content is cut to 50000 characters.


By default, HTTP status codes between 400 - 499 are logged at ERROR level. You can set REQUEST_LOGGING_HTTP_4XX_LOG_LEVEL=logging.WARNING (etc) to override this. If you set REQUEST_LOGGING_HTTP_4XX_LOG_LEVEL=logging.INFO they will be logged the same as normal requests.


The value of the headers defined in this settings will be replaced with '*****' to hide the sensitive information while logging. E.g. REQUEST_LOGGING_SENSITIVE_HEADERS = ['HTTP_AUTHORIZATION', 'HTTP_USER_AGENT']

Deploying, Etc.


Use pyenv to maintain a set of virtualenvs for 2.7 and a couple versions of Python 3. Make sure the requirements-dev.txt installs for all of them, at least until we give up on 2.7. At that point, update this README to let users know the last version they can use with 2.7.


  • pip install twine pypandoc pbr wheel
  • If pypandoc complains that pandoc isn't installed, you can add that via brew if you have Homebrew installed
  • You will need a .pypirc file in your user root folder that looks like this:

    username = rhumbix
    password = password for at Pypi

    username = rhumbix
    password = password for at Pypi


  • Bump the version value in request_logging/
  • Run python publish
  • Manually tag per the instructions in the output of that command
  • TODO: add automagic git tag logic to the publish process
  • TODO: setup 2FA at Pypi

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