Cómo estructurar un servicio web Flask-RESTPlus para compilaciones de producción

En esta guía, le mostraré un enfoque paso a paso para estructurar una aplicación web Flask RESTPlus para entornos de prueba, desarrollo y producción. Usaré un sistema operativo basado en Linux (Ubuntu), pero la mayoría de los pasos se pueden replicar en Windows y Mac.

Antes de continuar con esta guía, debe tener un conocimiento básico del lenguaje de programación Python y el marco de micro Flask. Si no está familiarizado con ellos, le recomiendo que lea un artículo introductorio: Cómo usar Python y Flask para crear una aplicación web.

Cómo está estructurada esta guía

Esta guía se divide en las siguientes partes:

  • Caracteristicas
  • ¿Qué es Flask-RESTPlus?
  • Configuración e instalación
  • Configuración y organización del proyecto
  • Ajustes de configuración
  • Script de matraz
  • Modelos de base de datos y migración
  • Pruebas
  • Configuración
  • Operaciones de usuario
  • Seguridad y Autenticación
  • Protección y autorización de ruta
  • Consejos extra
  • Ampliación de la aplicación y conclusión

Caracteristicas

Usaremos las siguientes funciones y extensiones dentro de nuestro proyecto.

  • Flask-Bcrypt: una extensión de Flask que proporciona utilidades de hash bcrypt para su aplicación .
  • Flask-Migrate: una extensión que maneja migraciones de base de datos SQLAlchemy para aplicaciones Flask usando Alembic. Las operaciones de la base de datos están disponibles a través de la interfaz de línea de comandos de Flask o mediante la extensión Flask-Script.
  • Flask-SQLAlchemy: una extensión para Flask que agrega soporte para SQLAlchemy a su aplicación.
  • PyJWT: una biblioteca de Python que le permite codificar y decodificar JSON Web Tokens (JWT). JWT es un estándar industrial abierto (RFC 7519) para representar reclamaciones de forma segura entre dos partes.
  • Flask-Script: una extensión que brinda soporte para escribir scripts externos en Flask y otras tareas de línea de comandos que pertenecen fuera de la aplicación web.
  • Espacios de nombres (planos)
  • Matraz-restplus
  • Prueba de unidad

¿Qué es Flask-RESTPlus?

Flask-RESTPlus es una extensión para Flask que agrega soporte para construir rápidamente API REST. Flask-RESTPlus fomenta las mejores prácticas con una configuración mínima. Proporciona una colección coherente de decoradores y herramientas para describir su API y exponer su documentación correctamente (usando Swagger).

Configuración e instalación

Verifique si tiene pip instalado, escribiendo el comando pip --versionen la Terminal, luego presione Enter.

pip --version

Si el terminal responde con el número de versión, esto significa que pip está instalado, así que vaya al siguiente paso, de lo contrario instale pip o use el administrador de paquetes de Linux, ejecute el siguiente comando en el terminal y presione enter. Elija la versión Python 2.x O 3.x.

  • Python 2.x
sudo apt-get install python-pip
  • Python 3.x
sudo apt-get install python3-pip

Configure el entorno virtual y el contenedor de entorno virtual (solo necesita uno de estos, según la versión instalada anteriormente):

sudo pip install virtualenv sudo pip3 install virtualenvwrapper

Siga este enlace para obtener una configuración completa del contenedor de entorno virtual.

Cree un nuevo entorno y actívelo ejecutando el siguiente comando en la terminal:

mkproject name_of_your_project

Configuración y organización del proyecto

Usaré una estructura funcional para organizar los archivos del proyecto por lo que hacen. En una estructura funcional, las plantillas se agrupan en un directorio, los archivos estáticos en otro y las vistas en un tercero.

En el directorio del proyecto, cree un nuevo paquete llamado app. En el interior app, cree dos paquetes main y test. La estructura de su directorio debería verse similar a la siguiente.

. ├── app │ ├── __init__.py │ ├── main │ │ └── __init__.py │ └── test │ └── __init__.py └── requirements.txt

Vamos a utilizar una estructura funcional para modularizar nuestra aplicación.

En el interior del mainpaquete, crear tres paquetes más concretamente: controller, servicey model. El modelpaquete contendrá todos nuestros modelos de base de datos, mientras que el servicepaquete contendrá toda la lógica comercial de nuestra aplicación y finalmente el controllerpaquete contendrá todos los puntos finales de nuestra aplicación. La estructura del árbol ahora debería verse como sigue:

. ├── app │ ├── __init__.py │ ├── main │ │ ├── controller │ │ │ └── __init__.py │ │ ├── __init__.py │ │ ├── model │ │ │ └── __init__.py │ │ └── service │ │ └── __init__.py │ └── test │ └── __init__.py └── requirements.txt

Ahora instalemos los paquetes necesarios. Asegúrese de que el entorno virtual que creó esté activado y ejecute los siguientes comandos en la terminal:

pip install flask-bcrypt pip install flask-restplus pip install Flask-Migrate pip install pyjwt pip install Flask-Script pip install flask_testing

Cree o actualice el requirements.txtarchivo ejecutando el comando:

pip freeze > requirements.txt

El requirements.txtarchivo generado debería tener un aspecto similar al siguiente:

alembic==0.9.8 aniso8601==3.0.0 bcrypt==3.1.4 cffi==1.11.5 click==6.7 Flask==0.12.2 Flask-Bcrypt==0.7.1 Flask-Migrate==2.1.1 flask-restplus==0.10.1 Flask-Script==2.0.6 Flask-SQLAlchemy==2.3.2 Flask-Testing==0.7.1 itsdangerous==0.24 Jinja2==2.10 jsonschema==2.6.0 Mako==1.0.7 MarkupSafe==1.0 pycparser==2.18 PyJWT==1.6.0 python-dateutil==2.7.0 python-editor==1.0.3 pytz==2018.3 six==1.11.0 SQLAlchemy==1.2.5 Werkzeug==0.14.1

Ajustes de configuración

En el mainpaquete, cree un archivo llamado config.pycon el siguiente contenido:

import os # uncomment the line below for postgres database url from environment variable # postgres_local_base = os.environ['DATABASE_URL'] basedir = os.path.abspath(os.path.dirname(__file__)) class Config: SECRET_KEY = os.getenv('SECRET_KEY', 'my_precious_secret_key') DEBUG = False class DevelopmentConfig(Config): # uncomment the line below to use postgres # SQLALCHEMY_DATABASE_URI = postgres_local_base DEBUG = True SQLALCHEMY_DATABASE_URI = 'sqlite:///' + os.path.join(basedir, 'flask_boilerplate_main.db') SQLALCHEMY_TRACK_MODIFICATIONS = False class TestingConfig(Config): DEBUG = True TESTING = True SQLALCHEMY_DATABASE_URI = 'sqlite:///' + os.path.join(basedir, 'flask_boilerplate_test.db') PRESERVE_CONTEXT_ON_EXCEPTION = False SQLALCHEMY_TRACK_MODIFICATIONS = False class ProductionConfig(Config): DEBUG = False # uncomment the line below to use postgres # SQLALCHEMY_DATABASE_URI = postgres_local_base config_by_name = dict( dev=DevelopmentConfig, test=TestingConfig, prod=ProductionConfig ) key = Config.SECRET_KEY

El archivo de configuración contiene tres clases de instalación de entorno que incluye testing, developmenty production.

Usaremos el patrón de fábrica de aplicaciones para crear nuestro objeto Flask. Este patrón es más útil para crear múltiples instancias de nuestra aplicación con diferentes configuraciones. Esto facilita la facilidad con la que cambiamos entre nuestro entorno de prueba, desarrollo y producción llamando a la create_appfunción con el parámetro requerido.

En el __init__.pyarchivo dentro del mainpaquete, ingrese las siguientes líneas de código:

from flask import Flask from flask_sqlalchemy import SQLAlchemy from flask_bcrypt import Bcrypt from .config import config_by_name db = SQLAlchemy() flask_bcrypt = Bcrypt() def create_app(config_name): app = Flask(__name__) app.config.from_object(config_by_name[config_name]) db.init_app(app) flask_bcrypt.init_app(app) return app

Script de matraz

Ahora creemos el punto de entrada de nuestra aplicación. En el directorio raíz del proyecto, cree un archivo llamado manage.pycon el siguiente contenido:

import os import unittest from flask_migrate import Migrate, MigrateCommand from flask_script import Manager from app.main import create_app, db app = create_app(os.getenv('BOILERPLATE_ENV') or 'dev') app.app_context().push() manager = Manager(app) migrate = Migrate(app, db) manager.add_command('db', MigrateCommand) @manager.command def run(): app.run() @manager.command def test(): """Runs the unit tests.""" tests = unittest.TestLoader().discover('app/test', pattern="test*.py") result = unittest.TextTestRunner(verbosity=2).run(tests) if result.wasSuccessful(): return 0 return 1 if __name__ == '__main__': manager.run()

El código anterior dentro manage.pyhace lo siguiente:

  • line 4e 5importa los módulos migrate y manager respectivamente (pronto usaremos el comando migrate).
  • line 9llama a la create_appfunción que hemos creado inicialmente para crear la instancia de la aplicación con el parámetro requerido de la variable de entorno que puede ser cualquiera de los siguientes - dev, prod, test. Si no se establece ninguno en la variable de entorno, devse utiliza el valor predeterminado .
  • line 13y 15crea una instancia del administrador y migra las clases pasando la appinstancia a sus respectivos constructores.
  • En line 17, pasamos las instancias dby MigrateCommanda la add_commandinterfaz del managerpara exponer todos los comandos de migración de la base de datos a través de Flask-Script.
  • line 20y 25marca las dos funciones como ejecutables desde la línea de comandos.
Flask-Migrate expone dos clases Migratey MigrateCommand. La Migrateclase contiene toda la funcionalidad de la extensión. La MigrateCommandclase solo se usa cuando se desea exponer los comandos de migración de la base de datos a través de la extensión Flask-Script.

En este punto, podemos probar la aplicación ejecutando el siguiente comando en el directorio raíz del proyecto.

python manage.py run

Si todo está bien, debería ver algo como esto:

Modelos de base de datos y migración

Ahora creemos nuestros modelos. Usaremos la dbinstancia de sqlalchemy para crear nuestros modelos.

La dbinstancia contiene todas las funciones y ayudantes de ambos sqlalchemyysqlalchemy.ormyproporciona una clase llamada Modelque es una base declarativa que puede usarse para declarar modelos.

In the model package, create a file called user.py with the following content:

from .. import db, flask_bcrypt class User(db.Model): """ User Model for storing user related details """ __tablename__ = "user" id = db.Column(db.Integer, primary_key=True, autoincrement=True) email = db.Column(db.String(255), unique=True, nullable=False) registered_on = db.Column(db.DateTime, nullable=False) admin = db.Column(db.Boolean, nullable=False, default=False) public_id = db.Column(db.String(100), unique=True) username = db.Column(db.String(50), unique=True) password_hash = db.Column(db.String(100)) @property def password(self): raise AttributeError('password: write-only field') @password.setter def password(self, password): self.password_hash = flask_bcrypt.generate_password_hash(password).decode('utf-8') def check_password(self, password): return flask_bcrypt.check_password_hash(self.password_hash, password) def __repr__(self): return "".format(self.username)

The above code within user.py does the following:

  • line 3: The user class inherits from db.Model class which declares the class as a model for sqlalchemy.
  • line 7 through 13 creates the required columns for the user table.
  • line 21 is a setter for the field password_hash and it uses flask-bcryptto generate a hash using the provided password.
  • line 24 compares a given password with already savedpassword_hash.

Now to generate the database table from the user model we just created, we will use migrateCommand through the manager interface. For managerto detect our models, we will have to import theuser model by adding below code to manage.py file:

... from app.main.model import user ...

Ahora podemos proceder a realizar la migración ejecutando los siguientes comandos en el directorio raíz del proyecto:

  1. Inicie una carpeta de migración usando el initcomando para que alambic realice las migraciones.
python manage.py db init

2. Cree un script de migración a partir de los cambios detectados en el modelo mediante el migratecomando. Esto todavía no afecta la base de datos.

python manage.py db migrate --message 'initial database migration'

3. Aplique el script de migración a la base de datos mediante el upgradecomando

python manage.py db upgrade

Si todo funciona correctamente, debería tener una nueva base de datos sqlLite

flask_boilerplate_main.db archivo generado dentro del paquete principal.

Cada vez que cambia el modelo de la base de datos, repita los comandos migrateyupgrade

Pruebas

Configuración

Para estar seguro de que la configuración de nuestro entorno está funcionando, escribamos un par de pruebas para ello.

Create a file called test_config.py in the test package with the content below:

import os import unittest from flask import current_app from flask_testing import TestCase from manage import app from app.main.config import basedir class TestDevelopmentConfig(TestCase): def create_app(self): app.config.from_object('app.main.config.DevelopmentConfig') return app def test_app_is_development(self): self.assertFalse(app.config['SECRET_KEY'] is 'my_precious') self.assertTrue(app.config['DEBUG'] is True) self.assertFalse(current_app is None) self.assertTrue( app.config['SQLALCHEMY_DATABASE_URI'] == 'sqlite:///' + os.path.join(basedir, 'flask_boilerplate_main.db') ) class TestTestingConfig(TestCase): def create_app(self): app.config.from_object('app.main.config.TestingConfig') return app def test_app_is_testing(self): self.assertFalse(app.config['SECRET_KEY'] is 'my_precious') self.assertTrue(app.config['DEBUG']) self.assertTrue( app.config['SQLALCHEMY_DATABASE_URI'] == 'sqlite:///' + os.path.join(basedir, 'flask_boilerplate_test.db') ) class TestProductionConfig(TestCase): def create_app(self): app.config.from_object('app.main.config.ProductionConfig') return app def test_app_is_production(self): self.assertTrue(app.config['DEBUG'] is False) if __name__ == '__main__': unittest.main()

Run the test using the command below:

python manage.py test

You should get the following output:

User Operations

Now let’s work on the following user related operations:

  • creating a new user
  • getting a registered user with his public_id
  • getting all registered users.

User Service class: This class handles all the logic relating to the user model.

In the service package, create a new file user_service.py with the following content:

import uuid import datetime from app.main import db from app.main.model.user import User def save_new_user(data): user = User.query.filter_by(email=data['email']).first() if not user: new_user = User( public_id=str(uuid.uuid4()), email=data['email'], username=data['username'], password=data['password'], registered_on=datetime.datetime.utcnow() ) save_changes(new_user) response_object = { 'status': 'success', 'message': 'Successfully registered.' } return response_object, 201 else: response_object = { 'status': 'fail', 'message': 'User already exists. Please Log in.', } return response_object, 409 def get_all_users(): return User.query.all() def get_a_user(public_id): return User.query.filter_by(public_id=public_id).first() def save_changes(data): db.session.add(data) db.session.commit() 

The above code within user_service.py does the following:

  • line 8 through 29 creates a new user by first checking if the user already exists; it returns a success response_object if the user doesn’t exist else it returns an error code 409 and a failure response_object.
  • line 33y 37devolver una lista de todos los usuarios registrados y un objeto de usuario proporcionando public_idrespectivamente.
  • line 40para 42confirmar los cambios en la base de datos.
No es necesario usar jsonify para formatear un objeto a JSON, Flask-restplus lo hace automáticamente

En el mainpaquete, cree un nuevo paquete llamado util. Este paquete contendrá todas las utilidades necesarias que podamos necesitar en nuestra aplicación.

En el utilpaquete, cree un archivo nuevo dto.py. Como su nombre lo indica, el objeto de transferencia de datos (DTO) será responsable de transportar datos entre procesos. En nuestro propio caso, se utilizará para calcular datos para nuestras llamadas a la API. Entenderemos esto mejor a medida que avancemos.

from flask_restplus import Namespace, fields class UserDto: api = Namespace('user', description="user related operations") user = api.model('user', { 'email': fields.String(required=True, description="user email address"), 'username': fields.String(required=True, description="user username"), 'password': fields.String(required=True, description="user password"), 'public_id': fields.String(description='user Identifier') })

El código anterior dentro dto.pyhace lo siguiente:

  • line 5 creates a new namespace for user related operations. Flask-RESTPlus provides a way to use almost the same pattern as Blueprint. The main idea is to split your app into reusable namespaces. A namespace module will contain models and resources declaration.
  • line 6 creates a new user dto through the model interface provided by the api namespace in line 5.

User Controller: The user controller class handles all the incoming HTTP requests relating to the user .

Under the controller package, create a new file called user_controller.py with the following content:

from flask import request from flask_restplus import Resource from ..util.dto import UserDto from ..service.user_service import save_new_user, get_all_users, get_a_user api = UserDto.api _user = UserDto.user @api.route('/') class UserList(Resource): @api.doc('list_of_registered_users') @api.marshal_list_with(_user, envelope="data") def get(self): """List all registered users""" return get_all_users() @api.response(201, 'User successfully created.') @api.doc('create a new user') @api.expect(_user, validate=True) def post(self): """Creates a new User """ data = request.json return save_new_user(data=data) @api.route('/') @api.param('public_id', 'The User identifier') @api.response(404, 'User not found.') class User(Resource): @api.doc('get a user') @api.marshal_with(_user) def get(self, public_id): """get a user given its identifier""" user = get_a_user(public_id) if not user: api.abort(404) else: return user

line 1 through 8 imports all the required resources for the user controller.

We defined two concrete classes in our user controller which are

userList and user. These two classes extends the abstract flask-restplus resource.

Concrete resources should extend from this classand expose methods for each supported HTTP method.If a resource is invoked with an unsupported HTTP method,the API will return a response with status 405 Method Not Allowed.Otherwise the appropriate method is called and passed all argumentsfrom the URL rule used when adding the resource to an API instance.

The api namespace in line 7 above provides the controller with several decorators which includes but is not limited to the following:

  • api.route: A decorator to route resources
  • api.marshal_with: A decorator specifying the fields to use for serialization (This is where we use the userDto we created earlier)
  • api.marshal_list_with: A shortcut decorator for marshal_with above withas_list = True
  • api.doc: A decorator to add some api documentation to the decorated object
  • api.response: A decorator to specify one of the expected responses
  • api.expect: A decorator to Specify the expected input model ( we still use the userDto for the expected input)
  • api.param: A decorator to specify one of the expected parameters

We have now defined our namespace with the user controller. Now its time to add it to the application entry point.

In the __init__.py file of app package, enter the following:

# app/__init__.py from flask_restplus import Api from flask import Blueprint from .main.controller.user_controller import api as user_ns blueprint = Blueprint('api', __name__) api = Api(blueprint,, version="1.0", description="a boilerplate for flask restplus web service" ) api.add_namespace(user_ns, path="/user")

The above code within blueprint.py does the following:

  • In line 8, we create a blueprint instance by passing name and import_name.API is the main entry point for the application resources and hence needs to be initialized with the blueprint in line 10.
  • In line 16 , we add the user namespace user_ns to the list of namespaces in the API instance.

We have now defined our blueprint. It’s time to register it on our Flask app.

Update manage.py by importing blueprint and registering it with the Flask application instance.

from app import blueprint ... app = create_app(os.getenv('BOILERPLATE_ENV') or 'dev') app.register_blueprint(blueprint) app.app_context().push() ...

We can now test our application to see that everything is working fine.

python manage.py run

Now open the URL //127.0.0.1:5000 in your browser. You should see the swagger documentation.

Let’s test the create new user endpoint using the swagger testing functionality.

You should get the following response

Security and Authentication

Let’s create a model blacklistToken for storing blacklisted tokens. In the models package, create a blacklist.py file with the following content:

from .. import db import datetime class BlacklistToken(db.Model): """ Token Model for storing JWT tokens """ __tablename__ = 'blacklist_tokens' id = db.Column(db.Integer, primary_key=True, autoincrement=True) token = db.Column(db.String(500), unique=True, nullable=False) blacklisted_on = db.Column(db.DateTime, nullable=False) def __init__(self, token): self.token = token self.blacklisted_on = datetime.datetime.now() def __repr__(self): return '

Lets not forget to migrate the changes to take effect on our database.

Import the blacklist class in manage.py.

from app.main.model import blacklist

Run the migrate and upgrade commands

python manage.py db migrate --message 'add blacklist table' python manage.py db upgrade

Next create blacklist_service.py in the service package with the following content for blacklisting a token:

from app.main import db from app.main.model.blacklist import BlacklistToken def save_token(token): blacklist_token = BlacklistToken(token=token) try: # insert the token db.session.add(blacklist_token) db.session.commit() response_object = { 'status': 'success', 'message': 'Successfully logged out.' } return response_object, 200 except Exception as e: response_object = { 'status': 'fail', 'message': e } return response_object, 200

Update the user model with two static methods for encoding and decoding tokens. Add the following imports:

import datetime import jwt from app.main.model.blacklist import BlacklistToken from ..config import key
  • Encoding
def encode_auth_token(self, user_id): """ Generates the Auth Token :return: string """ try: payload = { 'exp': datetime.datetime.utcnow() + datetime.timedelta(days=1, seconds=5), 'iat': datetime.datetime.utcnow(), 'sub': user_id } return jwt.encode( payload, key, algorithm="HS256" ) except Exception as e: return e
  • Decoding: Blacklisted token, expired token and invalid token are taken into consideration while decoding the authentication token.
 @staticmethod def decode_auth_token(auth_token): """ Decodes the auth token :param auth_token: :return: integer|string """ try: payload = jwt.decode(auth_token, key) is_blacklisted_token = BlacklistToken.check_blacklist(auth_token) if is_blacklisted_token: return 'Token blacklisted. Please log in again.' else: return payload['sub'] except jwt.ExpiredSignatureError: return 'Signature expired. Please log in again.' except jwt.InvalidTokenError: return 'Invalid token. Please log in again.'

Now let’s write a test for the user model to ensure that our encode and decode functions are working properly.

In the test package, create base.py file with the following content:

from flask_testing import TestCase from app.main import db from manage import app class BaseTestCase(TestCase): """ Base Tests """ def create_app(self): app.config.from_object('app.main.config.TestingConfig') return app def setUp(self): db.create_all() db.session.commit() def tearDown(self): db.session.remove() db.drop_all()

The BaseTestCase sets up our test environment ready before and after every test case that extends it.

Create test_user_medol.py with the following test cases:

import unittest import datetime from app.main import db from app.main.model.user import User from app.test.base import BaseTestCase class TestUserModel(BaseTestCase): def test_encode_auth_token(self): user = User( email="[email protected]", password="test", registered_on=datetime.datetime.utcnow() ) db.session.add(user) db.session.commit() auth_token = user.encode_auth_token(user.id) self.assertTrue(isinstance(auth_token, bytes)) def test_decode_auth_token(self): user = User( email="[email protected]", password="test", registered_on=datetime.datetime.utcnow() ) db.session.add(user) db.session.commit() auth_token = user.encode_auth_token(user.id) self.assertTrue(isinstance(auth_token, bytes)) self.assertTrue(User.decode_auth_token(auth_token.decode("utf-8") ) == 1) if __name__ == '__main__': unittest.main() 

Run the test with python manage.py test. All the tests should pass.

Let’s create the authentication endpoints for login and logout.

  • First we need a dto for the login payload. We will use the auth dto for the @expect annotation in login endpoint. Add the code below to the dto.py
class AuthDto: api = Namespace('auth', description="authentication related operations") user_auth = api.model('auth_details', { 'email': fields.String(required=True, description="The email address"), 'password': fields.String(required=True, description="The user password"), })
  • Next, we create an authentication helper class for handling all authentication related operations. This auth_helper.py will be in the service package and will contain two static methods which are login_user and logout_user

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When a user is logged out, the user’s token is blacklisted ie the user can’t log in again with that same token.
from app.main.model.user import User from ..service.blacklist_service import save_token class Auth: @staticmethod def login_user(data): try: # fetch the user data user = User.query.filter_by(email=data.get('email')).first() if user and user.check_password(data.get('password')): auth_token = user.encode_auth_token(user.id) if auth_token: response_object = { 'status': 'success', 'message': 'Successfully logged in.', 'Authorization': auth_token.decode() } return response_object, 200 else: response_object = { 'status': 'fail', 'message': 'email or password does not match.' } return response_object, 401 except Exception as e: print(e) response_object = { 'status': 'fail', 'message': 'Try again' } return response_object, 500 @staticmethod def logout_user(data): if data: auth_token = data.split(" ")[1] else: auth_token = '' if auth_token: resp = User.decode_auth_token(auth_token) if not isinstance(resp, str): # mark the token as blacklisted return save_token(token=auth_token) else: response_object = { 'status': 'fail', 'message': resp } return response_object, 401 else: response_object = { 'status': 'fail', 'message': 'Provide a valid auth token.' } return response_object, 403
  • Let us now create endpoints for login and logout operations.

    In the controller package, create

    auth_controller.py with the following contents:

from flask import request from flask_restplus import Resource from app.main.service.auth_helper import Auth from ..util.dto import AuthDto api = AuthDto.api user_auth = AuthDto.user_auth @api.route('/login') class UserLogin(Resource): """ User Login Resource """ @api.doc('user login') @api.expect(user_auth, validate=True) def post(self): # get the post data post_data = request.json return Auth.login_user(data=post_data) @api.route('/logout') class LogoutAPI(Resource): """ Logout Resource """ @api.doc('logout a user') def post(self): # get auth token auth_header = request.headers.get('Authorization') return Auth.logout_user(data=auth_header)
  • At this point the only thing left is to register the auth api namespace with the application Blueprint

Update __init__.py file of app package with the following

# app/__init__.py from flask_restplus import Api from flask import Blueprint from .main.controller.user_controller import api as user_ns from .main.controller.auth_controller import api as auth_ns blueprint = Blueprint('api', __name__) api = Api(blueprint,, version="1.0", description="a boilerplate for flask restplus web service" ) api.add_namespace(user_ns, path="/user") api.add_namespace(auth_ns)

Run the application with python manage.py run and open the url //127.0.0.1:5000 in your browser.

The swagger documentation should now reflect the newly created auth namespace with the login and logout endpoints.

Before we write some tests to ensure our authentication is working as expected, let’s modify our registration endpoint to automatically login a user once the registration is successful.

Add the method generate_token below to user_service.py:

def generate_token(user): try: # generate the auth token auth_token = user.encode_auth_token(user.id) response_object = { 'status': 'success', 'message': 'Successfully registered.', 'Authorization': auth_token.decode() } return response_object, 201 except Exception as e: response_object = { 'status': 'fail', 'message': 'Some error occurred. Please try again.' } return response_object, 401

The generate_token method generates an authentication token by encoding the user id. This token isthe returned as a response.

Next, replace the return block in save_new_user method below

response_object = { 'status': 'success', 'message': 'Successfully registered.' } return response_object, 201

with

return generate_token(new_user)

Now its time to test the login and logout functionalities. Create a new test file test_auth.py in the test package with the following content:

import unittest import json from app.test.base import BaseTestCase def register_user(self): return self.client.post( '/user/', data=json.dumps(dict( email="[email protected]", username="username", password="123456" )), content_type="application/json" ) def login_user(self): return self.client.post( '/auth/login', data=json.dumps(dict( email="[email protected]", password="123456" )), content_type="application/json" ) class TestAuthBlueprint(BaseTestCase): def test_registered_user_login(self): """ Test for login of registered-user login """ with self.client: # user registration user_response = register_user(self) response_data = json.loads(user_response.data.decode()) self.assertTrue(response_data['Authorization']) self.assertEqual(user_response.status_code, 201) # registered user login login_response = login_user(self) data = json.loads(login_response.data.decode()) self.assertTrue(data['Authorization']) self.assertEqual(login_response.status_code, 200) def test_valid_logout(self): """ Test for logout before token expires """ with self.client: # user registration user_response = register_user(self) response_data = json.loads(user_response.data.decode()) self.assertTrue(response_data['Authorization']) self.assertEqual(user_response.status_code, 201) # registered user login login_response = login_user(self) data = json.loads(login_response.data.decode()) self.assertTrue(data['Authorization']) self.assertEqual(login_response.status_code, 200) # valid token logout response = self.client.post( '/auth/logout', headers=dict( Authorization="Bearer" + json.loads( login_response.data.decode() )['Authorization'] ) ) data = json.loads(response.data.decode()) self.assertTrue(data['status'] == 'success') self.assertEqual(response.status_code, 200) if __name__ == '__main__': unittest.main()

Visit the github repo for a more exhaustive test cases.

Route protection and Authorization

So far, we have successfully created our endpoints, implemented login and logout functionalities but our endpoints remains unprotected.

We need a way to define rules that determines which of our endpoint is open or requires authentication or even an admin privilege.

We can achieve this by creating custom decorators for our endpoints.

Before we can protect or authorize any of our endpoints, we need to know the currently logged in user. We can do this by pulling the Authorization token from the header of the current request by using the flask library request.We then decode the user details from the Authorization token.

In the Auth class of auth_helper.py file, add the following static method:

@staticmethod def get_logged_in_user(new_request): # get the auth token auth_token = new_request.headers.get('Authorization') if auth_token: resp = User.decode_auth_token(auth_token) if not isinstance(resp, str): user = User.query.filter_by(id=resp).first() response_object = { 'status': 'success', 'data': { 'user_id': user.id, 'email': user.email, 'admin': user.admin, 'registered_on': str(user.registered_on) } } return response_object, 200 response_object = { 'status': 'fail', 'message': resp } return response_object, 401 else: response_object = { 'status': 'fail', 'message': 'Provide a valid auth token.' } return response_object, 401

Now that we can retrieve the logged in user from the request, let’s go ahead and create the decorators.

Create a file decorator.py in the util package with the following content:

from functools import wraps from flask import request from app.main.service.auth_helper import Auth def token_required(f): @wraps(f) def decorated(*args, **kwargs): data, status = Auth.get_logged_in_user(request) token = data.get('data') if not token: return data, status return f(*args, **kwargs) return decorated def admin_token_required(f): @wraps(f) def decorated(*args, **kwargs): data, status = Auth.get_logged_in_user(request) token = data.get('data') if not token: return data, status admin = token.get('admin') if not admin: response_object = { 'status': 'fail', 'message': 'admin token required' } return response_object, 401 return f(*args, **kwargs) return decorated

For more information about decorators and how to create them, take a look at this link.

Now that we have created the decorators token_required and admin_token_required for valid token and for an admin token respectively, all that is left is to annotate the endpoints which we wish to protect with the freecodecamp orgappropriate decorator.

Extra tips

Currently to perform some tasks in our application, we are required to run different commands for starting the app, running tests, installing dependencies etc. We can automate those processes by arranging all the commands in one file using Makefile.

On the root directory of the application, create a Makefile with no file extension. The file should contain the following:

.PHONY: clean system-packages python-packages install tests run all clean: find . -type f -name '*.pyc' -delete find . -type f -name '*.log' -delete system-packages: sudo apt install python-pip -y python-packages: pip install -r requirements.txt install: system-packages python-packages tests: python manage.py test run: python manage.py run all: clean install tests run

Here are the options of the make file.

  1. make install : installs both system-packages and python-packages
  2. make clean : cleans up the app
  3. make tests : runs the all the tests
  4. make run : starts the application
  5. make all : performs clean-up,installation , run tests , and starts the app.

Extending the App & Conclusion

It’s pretty easy to copy the current application structure and extend it to add more functionalities/endpoints to the App. Just view any of the previous routes that have been implemented.

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Visit the github repository for the complete project.

Thanks for reading and good luck!