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Attach a unique identifier to every WSGI request.

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Attach a unique identifier to every request in your WSGI application.

request-id is implemented as a WSGI middleware.

The package will do 3 things:

  1. Generate a unique request_id identifier which will be stored in the WSGI environ and set as the X-Request-ID response header.

  2. Rename the processing thread with the request_id such that any log messages output by the logger have the request_id attached.

  3. Log the request to the Python stdlib logging library, which can be used to generate a simple access log.


You may install the request-id package using pip:

$ pip install request-id

Configure with PasteDeploy

Update your application INI to run in a pipeline with the request-id filter:

use = egg:myapp

use = egg:request-id
format = {status} {REQUEST_METHOD:<6} {REQUEST_PATH:<60} {REQUEST_ID}

pipeline =

keys = translogger

keys = translogger

keys = minimal

level = INFO
handlers = translogger
qualname = request_id
propagate = 0

class = StreamHandler
args = (sys.stderr,)
level = NOTSET
formatter = minimal

format = %(message)s

Configure in code

Create a RequestIdMiddleware object and compose it with your WSGI application:

from request_id import RequestIdMiddleware
from wsgiref.simple_server import make_server

def app(environ, start_response):
    start_response('200 OK', [('Content-Type', 'text/plain')])
    yield 'Hello World\n'

app = RequestIdMiddleware(
    format='{status} {REQUEST_METHOD:<6} {REQUEST_PATH:<60} {REQUEST_ID}',

if __name__ == '__main__':
    server = make_server('', 8080, app)

Access the request_id

The request_id is stored in the request environ dictionary and may be accessed from anywhere this is available using request_id.get_request_id(request) where request is an instance of webob.request.Request.



The name of the Python stdlib logger to which the log output will be delivered. Default: request_id


The name of the Python stdlib logging level on which request information will be output. Default: INFO


A formatting string using PEP-3101 string format syntax. Possible options are:











  • time

  • duration

  • bytes

  • status



If not None then the request_id will be pulled from this header in the request. This is useful if another system upstream is setting a request identifier which you want to use in the WSGI application. Default: None


A (space or line separated) list of URL paths to be ignored based on request.path_info. Paths should have a leading / in order to match properly. Default: None


This code is heavily based on the translogger middleware from Paste.

1.0.1 (2020-10-06)

  • Fix a bug in which exclude_prefixes was not matching in cases where the PATH_INFO in the WSGI environ was mutated while processing the request.

1.0 (2018-11-26)

  • Fix a bug in exclude_prefixes where it only matches the first request on Python 3.

0.3.1 (2017-11-26)

  • Fix changelog.

0.3 (2017-11-26)

  • Do not crash when the source header is missing. Instead set the request id to “-“.

  • Properly format the UTC offset in the {time} timestamp.

  • Add 100% test coverage.

0.2.1 (2016-11-03)

0.2 (2016-08-09)

  • Catch exceptions and return webob.exc.HTTPInternalServerError so that a request_id may be attached to the response.

0.1.2 (2016-07-26)

  • Fix a couple bugs with exclude_prefixes and add some docs for it.

0.1.1 (2016-07-26)

  • Add a new setting exclude_prefixes which can be used to avoid logging certain requests.

0.1.0 (2016-07-26)

  • Initial release.

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