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User registration REST API, based on django-rest-framework

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User registration REST API, based on django-rest-framework.

WARNING: django-rest-registration is only Python 3 compatible.


  • Supported views:
    • registration (sign-up) with verification
    • login/logout (sign-in), session- or token-based
    • user profile (retrieving / updating)
    • reset password
    • change password
    • register (change) e-mail
  • Views are compatible with django-rest-swagger
  • Views can be authenticated via session or auth token
  • Modeless (uses the user defined by settings.AUTH_USER_MODEL and also uses cryptographic signing instead of profile models)
  • Uses password validation
  • Heavily tested (Above 98% code coverage)

Current limitations

  • Supports only one email per user (as model field)
  • Heavily based on Django (1.10+, 2.0+) and Django-REST-Framework (3.3+)
  • Python3 only
  • No JWT support


You can install django-rest-registration lastest version via pip:

pip install django-rest-registration

Or install directly from source via GitHub:

pip install git+

Then, you should add it to the INSTALLED_APPS so the app templates for notification emails can be accessed:



After that, you can use the urls in your urlconfig, for instance (using new Django 2.x syntax):

api_urlpatterns = [

    path('accounts/', include('rest_registration.api.urls')),

urlpatterns = [

    path('api/v1/', include(api_urlpatterns)),

In Django 1.x you can use old url instead of path.


You can configure django-rest-registraton using the REST_REGISTRATION setting in your django settings (similarly to django-rest-framework).

Below is sample, minimal config you can provide in your django settings which will satisfy the system checks:


    'RESET_PASSWORD_VERIFICATION_URL': 'https://frontend-url/reset-password/',



However, the preferred base configuration would be:

    'REGISTER_VERIFICATION_URL': 'https://frontend-url/verify-user/',
    'RESET_PASSWORD_VERIFICATION_URL': 'https://frontend-url/reset-password/',
    'REGISTER_EMAIL_VERIFICATION_URL': 'https://frontend-url/verify-email/',


The frontend urls are not provided by the library but should be provided by the user of the library, because django-rest-registration is frontend-agnostic. The frontend urls will receive parameters as GET query and should pass them to corresponding REST API views via HTTP POST request.

Let’s explain it by example:

we’re assuming that the django-rest-registration views are served at https://backend-url/api/v1/accounts/. The frontend endpoint https://frontend-url/verify-email/ would receive following GET parameters: * user_id * email * timestamp * signature

and then it should perform AJAX request to https://backend-url/api/v1/accounts/verify-email/ via HTTP POST with following JSON payload:

    "user_id": "<user id>",
    "email": "<email>",
    "timestamp": "<timestamp>",
    "signature": "<signature>"

and then show a message to the user depending on the response from backend server.

Configuration options

You can modify following keys in REST_REGISTRATION dictionary. The default values are shown below:

    'USER_EMAIL_FIELD': 'email',


    'REGISTER_SERIALIZER_CLASS': 'rest_registration.api.serializers.DefaultRegisterUserSerializer',

    'REGISTER_VERIFICATION_PERIOD': datetime.timedelta(days=7),
        'subject':  'rest_registration/register/subject.txt',
        'body':  'rest_registration/register/body.txt',

    'LOGIN_SERIALIZER_CLASS': 'rest_registration.api.serializers.DefaultLoginSerializer',

    'RESET_PASSWORD_VERIFICATION_PERIOD': datetime.timedelta(days=1),
        'subject': 'rest_registration/reset_password/subject.txt',
        'body': 'rest_registration/reset_password/body.txt',

    'REGISTER_EMAIL_VERIFICATION_PERIOD': datetime.timedelta(days=7),
        'subject':  'rest_registration/register_email/subject.txt',
        'body':  'rest_registration/register_email/body.txt',


    'PROFILE_SERIALIZER_CLASS': 'rest_registration.api.serializers.DefaultUserProfileSerializer',

    'VERIFICATION_EMAIL_HTML_TO_TEXT_CONVERTER': 'rest_registration.utils.convert_html_to_text_preserving_urls',

    'SUCCESS_RESPONSE_BUILDER': 'rest_registration.utils.build_default_success_response',

The USER_* fields can be set directly in the user class (specified by settings.AUTH_USER_MODEL) without using the USER_ prefix (EMAIL_FIELD, etc.). These settings will override these provided in settings.REST_REGISTRATION.

You can send the verification emails as HTML, by specifying html_body instead of body; for example:


        'subject':  'rest_registration/register/subject.txt',
        'html_body':  'rest_registration/register/body.html',


This will automatically create fallback plain text message from the HTML. If you want to have custom fallback messsage you can also provide separate template for text:


        'subject':  'rest_registration/register/subject.txt',
        'text_body':  'rest_registration/register/body.text',
        'html_body':  'rest_registration/register/body.html',


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