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A developer-mode plugin for repoze.who

Project description


Testing Authenticataion for repoze.who v2 WSGI Applications

This plugin is intented for quickly configuring test users for development purposes. Its use is not recommended in production systems.


pip install who_dev

Installing the mainline development branch

The plugin is hosted in a git branch hosted at To get the latest source code, run:

git clone

Then run the command below:

pip install -e who_dev/

Configuring repoze.who in a INI file

You can configure your repoze.who based authentication via a *.ini file, and then load such settings in your application.

Say we have a file called who.ini with the following contents:

request_classifier = repoze.who.classifiers:default_request_classifier
challenge_decider = repoze.who.classifiers:default_challenge_decider

plugins =

plugins =

plugins =

plugins =

use = repoze.who.plugins.form:make_plugin
rememberer_name = auth_tkt

use = repoze.who.plugins.auth_tkt:make_plugin
secret = s3kr1t

use = who_dev:JSONAuthenticatorPlugin
data = {
  "someuser":  {
    "password": "abc123",
    "properties": {
      "first_name": "Some",
      "last_name": "User",
      "email": "someuser@localhost"
    "groups": ["members", "editors"]

use = who_dev:JSONPropertiesPlugin
source_key = properties

use = who_dev:JSONPropertiesPlugin
source_key = groups

Framework-specific documentation

You may want to check the following framework-specific documents to learn tips on how to implement repoze.who in the framework you are using:



This plugin uses a JSON object as a database, where each key in the object is the userid and the value is another object with specific details about the user, which can then be used along ith JSONPropertiesPlugin to retrieve specific details about the user.

Each record for a user must at a minimum contain a password entry so that the user can authenticate, for example:

  "someuser": {"password": "abc123"},
  "otheruser": {"password": "xyz789"}
Setting Default Description
data   Required A JSON object contaiing records for each test userid.


This plugin uses the specific key in the authenticator data to lookup specific details about a user.

Setting Default Description
source_key   Required Sets the remote user data to the value located at source_key for the currently authenticated userid.


0.0.2 (2016-06-22)

  • Converted to actual module so packages correctly

0.0.1 (2015-10-19)

  • The initial release.

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