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Debug Authentication Policy for Pyramid

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Debug Authentication Policy for Pyramid. Provide a simple and standard way to define the pyramid principals from the HTTP client.

Warning: This pyramid is totally unsafe for production and should be restricted to debug usage / development phase.


Install using setuptools, e.g. (within a virtualenv):

$ pip install pyramid_debugauth


Once pyramid_debugauth is installed, you can define a authentication policy with config.set_authentication_policy.

In your Pyramid project:

from pyramid.authorization import ACLAuthorizationPolicy
from pyramid_debugauth import DebugAuthenticationPolicy

config = Configurator(.....)


The DebugAuthenticationPolicy allows a client to impersonate any user and specify any number of principals desired using the standard Authorization http header and a non-standard auth-scheme Debug (RFC 7235):

Authorization: Debug user_id [principal_1] [principal_2] ...

With common http clients:

$ curl http://localhost:6543 -H 'Authorization: Debug bob admin'

$ http http://localhost:6543 'Authorization: Debug bob admin'

Or using a non-standard authorization query parameter:


With common http clients:

$ curl http://localhost:6543?authorization=debug%20bob%20admin

$ http http://localhost:6543?authorization=debug\ bob\ admin


Running tests:

$ virtualenv venv
$ . venv/bin/activate
(venv)$ pip install -e .[dev]
(venv)$ nosetests


0.2.0 (2018-02-09)

  • Switch to Github

  • Switch to setuptools (from d2to1)

  • Fix crash in tests with recent versions of Pyramid

0.1.2 (2014-12-03)

  • Permit setting a custom callback.

0.1.1 (2014-09-09)

  • Add ability to authenticate via Query String

0.0.2 (2014-09-08)

  • Minimal feature set

  • First release on PyPI

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