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HTTP Signature support for Django REST framework

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Provides HTTP Signature support for Django REST framework. The HTTP Signature package provides a way to achieve origin authentication and message integrity for HTTP messages. Similar to Amazon’s HTTP Signature scheme, used by many of its services. The HTTP Signature specification is currently an IETF draft.


Installing the package via the repository:

pip install djangorestframework-httpsignature

Older version of pip don’t support the Wheel format (which is how httpsig is distributed). The problem manifests when installing the requirements, pip will complain that it cannot find a httpsig. In such cases, pip needs to be upgraded:

pip install --upgrade pip

Another possible problem: while installing via python install you may encounter:

No local packages or download links found for httpsig
error: Could not find suitable distribution for Requirement.parse('httpsig')

If that is the case, use pip install httpsig to install the httpsig package and retry python install.

Running the tests

To run the tests for the packages, use the following command on the repository root directory:

python test


To authenticate HTTP requests via HTTP signature, you need to:

  1. Install this package in your Django project, as instructed in Installation.

  2. Add rest_framework_httpsignature to your INSTALLED_APPS.

  3. In your app code, extend the SignatureAuthentication class, as follows:

    # my_api/
    from rest_framework_httpsignature.authentication import SignatureAuthentication
    class MyAPISignatureAuthentication(SignatureAuthentication):
        # The HTTP header used to pass the consumer key ID.
        # Defaults to 'X-Api-Key'.
        API_KEY_HEADER = 'X-Api-Key'
        # A method to fetch (User instance, user_secret_string) from the
        # consumer key ID, or None in case it is not found.
        def fetch_user_data(self, api_key):
            # ...
            # example implementation:
                user = User.objects.get(api_key=api_key)
                return (user, user.secret)
            except User.DoesNotExist:
                return None
  4. Configure Django REST framework to use you authentication class; e.g.:

    # my_project/
    # ...
    # The above will force HTTP signature for all requests.
    # ...


  • Currently, the library only support HMAC SHA256 for signing.

  • The REQUIREMENTS.txt file is fairly strict. It is very possible that previous versions of Django and Django REST framework are supported.

  • Since HTTP Signature uses a HTTP header for the request date and time, the authentication class could deal with request expiry.

Example usage & session w/cURL

Assuming the setup detailed in Usage, a project running on localhost:8000 could be probed with cURL as follows:

~$ SSS=Base64(Hmac(SECRET, "Date: Mon, 17 Feb 2014 06:11:05 GMT", SHA256))
~$ curl -v -H 'Date: "Mon, 17 Feb 2014 06:11:05 GMT"' -H 'Authorization: Signature keyId="my-key",algorithm="hmac-sha256",headers="date",signature="SSS"'

And for a much less painful example, check out the httpsig package documentation to use requests and httpsig.

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