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An extension of django rest framework, providing a configurable password reset strategy

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# Django Rest Password Reset

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This python package provides a simple password reset strategy for django rest framework, where users can request password
reset tokens via their registered e-mail address.

The main idea behind this package is to not make any assumptions about how the token is delivered to the end-user (e-mail, text-message, etc...).
Instead, this package provides a signal that can be reacted on (e.g., by sending an e-mail or a text message).

This package basically provides two REST endpoints:

* Request a token
* Verify (confirm) a token (and change the password)

## Quickstart

1. Install the package from pypi using pip:
pip install django-rest-passwordreset

2. Add ``django_rest_passwordreset`` to your ``INSTALLED_APPS`` (after ``rest_framework``) within your Django settings file:

3. This package provides two endpoints, which can be included by including ``django_rest_passwordreset.urls`` in your ```` as follows:
from django.conf.urls import url, include

urlpatterns = [
url(r'^api/password_reset/', include('django_rest_passwordreset.urls', namespace='password_reset')),
**Note**: You can adapt the url to your needs.

### Endpoints

The following endpoints are provided:

* `POST ${API_URL}/reset_password/` - request a reset password token by using the ``email`` parameter
* `POST ${API_URL}/reset_password/confirm/` - using a valid ``token``, the users password is set to the provided ``password``

where `${API_URL}/` is the url specified in your ** (e.g., `api/password_reset/`)

### Configuration / Settings

The following settings can be set in Djangos ```` file:

* `DJANGO_REST_MULTITOKENAUTH_RESET_TOKEN_EXPIRY_TIME` - time in hours about how long the token is active (Default: 24)

**Please note**: expired tokens are automatically cleared based on this setting in every call of ````.

### Signals

* ``reset_password_token_created(sender, instance, reset_password_token)`` Fired when a reset password token is generated
* ``pre_password_reset(user)`` - fired just before a password is being reset
* ``post_password_reset(user)`` - fired after a password has been reset

### Example for sending an e-mail

1. Create two new django templates: `email/user_reset_password.html` and `email/user_reset_password.txt`. Those templates will contain the e-mail message sent to the user, aswell as the password reset link (or token).
Within the templates, you can access the following context variables: `current_user`, `username`, `email`, `reset_password_url`. Feel free to adapt this to your needs.

2. Add the following code, which contains a Django Signal, to your application (see [this part of the django documentation]( for more information on where to put signals).
from django.core.mail import EmailMultiAlternatives
from django.dispatch import receiver
from django.template.loader import render_to_string
from django.urls import reverse

from django_rest_passwordreset.signals import reset_password_token_created

def password_reset_token_created(sender, instance, reset_password_token, *args, **kwargs):
Handles password reset tokens
When a token is created, an e-mail needs to be sent to the user
:param sender: View Class that sent the signal
:param instance: View Instance that sent the signal
:param reset_password_token: Token Model Object
:param args:
:param kwargs:
# send an e-mail to the user
context = {
'current_user': reset_password_token.user,
'username': reset_password_token.user.username,
'reset_password_url': "{}?token={}".format(reverse('password_reset:reset-password-request'), reset_password_token.key)

# render email text
email_html_message = render_to_string('email/user_reset_password.html', context)
email_plaintext_message = render_to_string('email/user_reset_password.txt', context)

msg = EmailMultiAlternatives(
# title:
"Password Reset for {title}".format(title="Some website title"),
# message:
# from:
# to:
msg.attach_alternative(email_html_message, "text/html")


3. You should now be able to use the endpoints to request a password reset token via your e-mail address.
If you want to test this locally, I recommend using some kind of fake mailserver (such as maildump).

## Custom Token Generator

By default, a random string token of length 10 to 50 is generated using the ``RandomStringTokenGenerator`` class.
This library offers a possibility to configure the params of ``RandomStringTokenGenerator`` as well as switch to
another token generator, e.g. ``RandomNumberTokenGenerator``. You can also generate your own token generator class.

You can change that by adding
"CLASS": ...,
"OPTIONS": {...}
into Django file.

### RandomStringTokenGenerator
This is the default configuration.
"CLASS": "django_rest_passwordreset.tokens.RandomStringTokenGenerator"

You can configure the length as follows:
"CLASS": "django_rest_passwordreset.tokens.RandomStringTokenGenerator",
"min_length": 20,
"max_lenght": 30

### RandomNumberTokenGenerator
"CLASS": "django_rest_passwordreset.tokens.RandomNumberTokenGenerator"

You can configure the minimum and maximum number as follows:
"CLASS": "django_rest_passwordreset.tokens.RandomNumberTokenGenerator",
"min_number": 1500,
"max_number": 9999

### Write your own Token Generator

Please see [token_configuration/django_rest_passwordreset/](token_configuration/django_rest_passwordreset/ for example implementation of number and string token generator.

The basic idea is to create a new class that inherits from BaseTokenGenerator, takes arbitrary arguments (`args` and `kwargs`)
in the ``__init__`` function as well as implementing a `generate_token` function.

from django_rest_passwordreset.tokens import BaseTokenGenerator

class RandomStringTokenGenerator(BaseTokenGenerator):
Generates a random string with min and max length using os.urandom and binascii.hexlify

def __init__(self, min_length=10, max_length=50, *args, **kwargs):
self.min_length = min_length
self.max_length = max_length

def generate_token(self, *args, **kwargs):
""" generates a pseudo random code using os.urandom and binascii.hexlify """
# determine the length based on min_length and max_length
length = random.randint(self.min_length, self.max_length)

# generate the token using os.urandom and hexlify
return binascii.hexlify(

## Compatibility Matrix

This library should be compatible with the latest Django and Django Rest Framework Versions. For reference, here is
a matrix showing the guaranteed and tested compatibility.

django-rest-passwordreset Version | Django Versions | Django Rest Framework Versions
--------------------------------- | ----------------| ------------------------------
0.9.7 | 1.8, 1.11, 2.0, 2.1 | 3.6 - 3.9
1.0 (WIP) | 1.11, 2.0, 2.2 | 3.6 - 3.9

## Documentation / Browsable API

This package supports the [DRF auto-generated documentation]( (via `coreapi`) as well as the [DRF browsable API](

![drf_browsable_email_validation](docs/browsable_api_email_validation.png "Browsable API E-Mail Validation")

![drf_browsable_password_validation](docs/browsable_api_password_validation.png "Browsable API E-Mail Validation")

![coreapi_docs](docs/coreapi_docs.png "Core API Docs")

## Known Issues

### Django 2.1 Migrations - Multiple Primary keys for table ...
Django 2.1 introduced a breaking change for migrations (see [Django Issue #29790]( We therefore had to rewrite the migration [](django_rest_passwordreset/migrations/ such that it covers Django versions before (`<`) 2.1 and later (`>=`) 2.1.

Some information is written down in Issue #8.

## Contributions

This library tries to follow the unix philosophy of "do one thing and do it well" (which is providing a basic password reset endpoint for Django Rest Framework). Contributions are welcome in the form of pull requests and issues! If you create a pull request, please make sure that you are not introducing breaking changes.

## Tests

See folder [tests/](tests/). Basically, all endpoints are covered with multiple
unit tests.

Use this code snippet to run tests:
pip install -r requirements_test.txt
python install
cd tests
python test

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