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Autogenerate API's for models. Expose core Django functionality. Validate against existing forms.

Project description

DRFE generates RESTful API’s for any Django models. It builds on Django Rest Framework.


  1. pip install djangorestframework
  2. Add rest_framework to your INSTALLED_APPS setting in


  1. Install or add djangorestframework-extras to your Python path.
  2. Add rest_framework_extras to your INSTALLED_APPS setting in

Feature List

  • Generating default serializers and viewsets for all known applications to create RESTful API’s.
  • Registering all viewsets known to the application with the Django Rest Framework router.
  • Custom serializers and permissions for the default user, the staff users and superusers.
  • Custom FormMixin that Delegates validation to a normal Django form.
  • Custom Hyperlink fields and serializer, HyperlinkedRelatedField and HyperlinkedModelSerializer


User permissions and the custom UsersViewSet

djangorestframework-extras provides a custom ViewSet UsersViewSet with serializers and permissions for the default user, the staff user and the superuser.

Register UsersViewSet through the DefaultRouter:

from rest_framework_extras.users.viewsets import UsersViewSet

router = routers.DefaultRouter()

router.register(r'users', UsersViewSet, 'user')

Discovery and registration of ViewSets

Enable discovery and registration of default serializers and viewsets by adding the following to

from rest_framework import routers
import rest_framework_extras
router = routers.DefaultRouter()

urlpatterns = [
    url(r"^api/(?P<version>(v1))/", include(router.urls))

Going through the code line by line:

  1. Line 1 & 3: The router and DefaultRouter classes connects the views and urls automatically and also creates the API root.
  2. Line 5: The new discover function generates default serializers and viewsets. This function should be run before normal registration.
  3. Line 6: The new register function registers all viewsets (including the UsersViewSet), overriding any items already registered with the same name.
  4. Line 9: Define the urls by including router.urls.

Available Settings


blacklist: A dictionary of the models to blacklist. By default the following models are blacklisted:

   "blacklist": {
        "sessions-session": {},
        "admin-logentry": {}
   "authentication-classes": (SessionAuthentication, BasicAuthentication),
   "permission-classes": (DjangoModelPermissions,)


Change the name of the registered user model by changing the mapping parameter, such as:

rest_framework_extras.register(router, mapping=(("user", UsersViewSet),))

Restrict models that will be displayed through the Django Rest Framework by using the only and override parameters. Define a comma separated list, such as:, only=["auth-user", "auth-permission"])

todo: document override

Unit Testing

Run tests by using the following command:

python test rest_framework_extras.tests --settings=rest_framework_extras.tests.settings.111


Please see the License requirements in the LICENSE file of this repository.

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