Python – Using Requests python library to connect Django app failed on authentication


Maybe a stupid question here:
Is Requests(A python HTTP lib) support Django 1.4 ?

I use Requests follow the Official Quick Start like below:

requests.get('', auth=('myUser', 'myPass'))

but i never get authentication right.(Of course i've checked the url, username, password again and again.)

The above url '' matches an url pattern of the of a Django project, and that url pattern's callback is the 'getAllTracks' view of a Django app.

If i comment out the authentication code of the 'getAllTracks' view, then the above code works OK, but if i add those authentication code back for the view, then the above code never get authenticated right.

The authentication code of the view is actually very simple, exactly like below (The second line):

def getAllTracks(request):
    if request.user.is_authenticated():
        tracks = Tracks.objects.all()
        if tracks:
            # Do sth. here

Which means if i delete the above second line(with some indents adjustments of course), then the requests.get() operation do the right thing for me, but if not(keep the second line), then it never get it right.

Any help would be appreciated.

Best Solution

In Django authentication works in following way:

  • There is a SessionMiddleware and AuthenticationMiddleware. The process_request() of both these classes is called before any view is called.
  • SessionMiddleware uses cookies at a lower level. It checks for a cookie named sessionid and try to associate this cookie with a user.
  • AuthenticationMiddleware checks if this cookie is associated with an user then sets request.user as that corresponding user. If the cookie sessionid is not found or can't be associated with any user, then request.user is set to an instance of AnonymousUser().
  • Since Http is a stateless protocol, django maintains session for a particular user using these two middlewares and using cookies at a lower level.

Coming to the code, so that requests can work with django.

You must first call the view where you authenticate and login the user. The response from this view will contain sessionid in cookies.

You should use this cookie and send it in the next request so that django can authenticate this particular user and so that your request.user.is_authenticated() passes.

from django.contrib.auth import authenticate, login

def login_user(request):
    user = authenticate(username=request.POST.get('username'),  password=request.POST.get('password'))
    if user:
       login(request, user)
       return HttpResponse("Logged In")
    return HttpResponse("Not Logged In")

def getAllTracks(request):
    if request.user.is_authenticated():
        return HttpResponse("Authenticated user")
    return HttpResponse("Non Authenticated user")

Making the requests:

import requests

resp ='', {'username': 'akshar', 'password': 'abc'})

print resp.status_code
200 #output

print resp.content
'Logged In' #output

cookies = dict(sessionid=resp.cookies.get('sessionid'))

print cookies
{'sessionid': '1fe38ea7b22b4d4f8d1b391e1ea816c0'}  #output

response_two = requests.get('', cookies=cookies)

Notice that we pass cookies using cookies keyword argument

print response_two.status_code
200  #output 

print response_two.content
'Authenticated user'  #output

So, our request.user.is_authenticated() worked properly.

response_three = requests.get('')

Notice we do not pass the cookies here.

print response_three.content
'Non Authenticated user' #output