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Allow WSGI applications to use Transfer-Encoding: chunked under uWSGI.

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WSGI application wrapper that handles Transfer-Encoding: chunked

This library provides a simple wrapper for a WSGI application that uses the uwsgi low-level api for reading requests that use Transfer-Encoding: chunked.

In normal operation, it will read the entire request into memory, so if you expect large requests (like uploads), you should offload these to a proxy such as nginx, or if your application allows it, use stream mode.


$ pip install uwsgi_chunked


When you run uwsgi, pass the argument: --http-chunked-input.

Usage with Django is as follows, you should edit the file provided in the default Django application.

WSGI config for myapp project.
It exposes the WSGI callable as a module-level variable named ``application``.
For more information on this file, see

import os

from django.core.wsgi import get_wsgi_application
from uwsgi_chunked import Chunked

os.environ.setdefault('DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE', 'myapp.settings')

application = Chunked(get_wsgi_application())

To use stream mode, pass the optional keyword argument stream=True to Chunked. Be careful with stream mode as it does not set the Content-Length header as required by the WSGI spec.

application = Chunked(get_wsgi_application(), stream=True)

How it works

The Chunked object looks for a request with Transfer-Encoding: chunked and reads the request data using the low-level uwsgi api. It then places the request data into a BytesIO instance in environ['wsgi.input'] where it is expected. It also sets the Content-Length header as WSGI requires. When not using stream mode, the entire request is read into memory in order to calculate the Content-Length header.


Issues and PRs welcome. This is a simple module that has no dependencies except that it only works when running under uwsgi. When running under uwsgi a special module is available that provides the necessary api.

You can run the demo application in docker with make run. The demo application uses auto reloading to detect changes to the python modules.

Tests require the demo application (running under uwsgi) to function. Therefore, do make run in one terminal and make test in another.

You can also test using curl with the make curl target (while the demo app is running).

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