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A bunch of helpers for successfully running Pyramid on Heroku.

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pyramid_heroku is a collection of tweens and helpers to successfully run Pyramid on Heroku

It provides the following:

  • ClientAddr tween that sets real user’s IP to request.client_addr

  • Host tween that sets to proxied X-Forwarded-Host header (note: potential security risk)

  • HerokuappAccess tween that denies access to your app’s <app> domain for any non-whitelisted IPs.

  • script for automatically running alembic migrations on deploy.

  • script for controlling Heroku maintenance mode.


Just do

pip install pyramid_heroku


easy_install pyramid_heroku


pyramid_heroku runs with pyramid>=1.7 and python>=3.6. Other versions might also work.


Usage example for tweens:

def main(global_config, **settings):$ cat .heroku/
    config = Configurator(settings=settings)
    return config.make_wsgi_app()

The pyramid_heroku.herokuapp_access tween depends on pyramid_heroku.client_addr tween and it requires you to list whitelisted IPs in the pyramid_heroku.herokuapp_whitelist setting.

The pyramid_heroku.client_addr tween sets request.client_addr to an IP we can trust. It handles IP spoofing via X-Forwarded-For headers and ignores Cloudflare’s IPs when using Cloudflare reverse proxy.

Usage example for automatic alembic migration script:

$ cat .heroku/
#!/usr/bin/env bash

set -e

echo "Running migrations"
python -m pyramid_heroku.migrate my_app etc/production.ini

echo "DONE!"

For migration script to work, you need to set the MIGRATE_API_SECRET_HEROKU env var in Heroku. This allows the migration script to use the Heroku API.

Before running DB migration, the script will enable Heroku maintenance mode if the app is not already in maintenance mode. After the migration, maintenance mode will be disabled only if it was enabled by the migration script.

Maintenance mode can also be enabled/disabled using the pyramid_heroku.maintenance script.

Usage example for enabling the Heroku maintenance mode:

python -m pyramid_heroku.maintenance on my_app etc/production.ini

If you use structlog, add the following configuration setting to your INI file to enable structlog-like logging:

pyramid_heroku.structlog = true

See tests for more examples.


  1. Update CHANGES.rst.

  2. Update pyproject.toml version.

  3. Run poetry check.

  4. Run poetry publish --build.

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