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The Web Server Gateway Interface (WSGI) is a standard interface between web server software and web applications written in Python. Having a standard interface makes it easy to use an application that supports WSGI with a number of different web servers.
Only authors of web servers and programming frameworks need to know every detail and corner case of the WSGI design. You don’t need to understand every detail of WSGI just to install a WSGI application or to write a web application using an existing framework.
wsgiref is a reference implementation of the WSGI specification that can
be used to add WSGI support to a web server or framework. It provides utilities
for manipulating WSGI environment variables and response headers, base classes
for implementing WSGI servers, a demo HTTP server that serves WSGI applications,
and a validation tool that checks WSGI servers and applications for conformance
to the WSGI specification (PEP 333).
See http://www.wsgi.org for more information about WSGI, and links to tutorials and other resources.
wsgiref.util – WSGI environment utilities¶
This module provides a variety of utility functions for working with WSGI environments. A WSGI environment is a dictionary containing HTTP request variables as described in PEP 333. All of the functions taking an environ parameter expect a WSGI-compliant dictionary to be supplied; please see PEP 333 for a detailed specification.
Return a guess for whether
wsgi.url_schemeshould be “http” or “https”, by checking for a
HTTPSenvironment variable in the environ dictionary. The return value is a string.
This function is useful when creating a gateway that wraps CGI or a CGI-like protocol such as FastCGI. Typically, servers providing such protocols will include a
HTTPSvariable with a value of “1” “yes”, or “on” when a request is received via SSL. So, this function returns “https” if such a value is found, and “http” otherwise.
Return the full request URI, optionally including the query string, using the algorithm found in the “URL Reconstruction” section of PEP 333. If include_query is false, the query string is not included in the resulting URI.
request_uri(), except that the
QUERY_STRINGvariables are ignored. The result is the base URI of the application object addressed by the request.
Shift a single name from
SCRIPT_NAMEand return the name. The environ dictionary is modified in-place; use a copy if you need to keep the original
If there are no remaining path segments in
Typically, this routine is used to process each portion of a request URI path, for example to treat the path as a series of dictionary keys. This routine modifies the passed-in environment to make it suitable for invoking another WSGI application that is located at the target URI. For example, if there is a WSGI application at
/foo, and the request URI path is
/foo/bar/baz, and the WSGI application at
shift_path_info(), it will receive the string “bar”, and the environment will be updated to be suitable for passing to a WSGI application at
/foo/bar. That is,
SCRIPT_NAMEwill change from
PATH_INFOwill change from
PATH_INFOis just a “/”, this routine returns an empty string and appends a trailing slash to
SCRIPT_NAME, even though empty path segments are normally ignored, and
SCRIPT_NAMEdoesn’t normally end in a slash. This is intentional behavior, to ensure that an application can tell the difference between URIs ending in
/xfrom ones ending in
/x/when using this routine to do object traversal.
Update environ with trivial defaults for testing purposes.
This routine adds various parameters required for WSGI, including
PATH_INFO, and all of the PEP 333-defined
wsgi.*variables. It only supplies default values, and does not replace any existing settings for these variables.
This routine is intended to make it easier for unit tests of WSGI servers and applications to set up dummy environments. It should NOT be used by actual WSGI servers or applications, since the data is fake!
from wsgiref.util import setup_testing_defaults from wsgiref.simple_server import make_server # A relatively simple WSGI application. It's going to print out the # environment dictionary after being updated by setup_testing_defaults def simple_app(environ, start_response): setup_testing_defaults(environ) status = '200 OK' headers = [('Content-type', 'text/plain')] start_response(status, headers) ret = ["%s: %s\n" % (key, value) for key, value in environ.iteritems()] return ret httpd = make_server('', 8000, simple_app) print "Serving on port 8000..." httpd.serve_forever()
In addition to the environment functions above, the
also provides these miscellaneous utilities:
Return true if ‘header_name’ is an HTTP/1.1 “Hop-by-Hop” header, as defined by RFC 2616.
A wrapper to convert a file-like object to an iterator. The resulting objects support both
__iter__()iteration styles, for compatibility with Python 2.1 and Jython. As the object is iterated over, the optional blksize parameter will be repeatedly passed to the filelike object’s
read()method to obtain strings to yield. When
read()returns an empty string, iteration is ended and is not resumable.
If filelike has a
close()method, the returned object will also have a
close()method, and it will invoke the filelike object’s
close()method when called.
from StringIO import StringIO from wsgiref.util import FileWrapper # We're using a StringIO-buffer for as the file-like object filelike = StringIO("This is an example file-like object"*10) wrapper = FileWrapper(filelike, blksize=5) for chunk in wrapper: print chunk
wsgiref.headers – WSGI response header tools¶
This module provides a single class,
Headers, for convenient
manipulation of WSGI response headers using a mapping-like interface.
Create a mapping-like object wrapping headers, which must be a list of header name/value tuples as described in PEP 333. Any changes made to the new
Headersobject will directly update the headers list it was created with.
Headersobjects support typical mapping operations including
has_key(). For each of these methods, the key is the header name (treated case-insensitively), and the value is the first value associated with that header name. Setting a header deletes any existing values for that header, then adds a new value at the end of the wrapped header list. Headers’ existing order is generally maintained, with new headers added to the end of the wrapped list.
Unlike a dictionary,
Headersobjects do not raise an error when you try to get or delete a key that isn’t in the wrapped header list. Getting a nonexistent header just returns
None, and deleting a nonexistent header does nothing.
Headersobjects also support
items()methods. The lists returned by
items()can include the same key more than once if there is a multi-valued header. The
Headersobject is the same as the length of its
items(), which is the same as the length of the wrapped header list. In fact, the
items()method just returns a copy of the wrapped header list.
Headersobject returns a formatted string suitable for transmission as HTTP response headers. Each header is placed on a line with its value, separated by a colon and a space. Each line is terminated by a carriage return and line feed, and the string is terminated with a blank line.
In addition to their mapping interface and formatting features,
Headersobjects also have the following methods for querying and adding multi-valued headers, and for adding headers with MIME parameters:
Return a list of all the values for the named header.
The returned list will be sorted in the order they appeared in the original header list or were added to this instance, and may contain duplicates. Any fields deleted and re-inserted are always appended to the header list. If no fields exist with the given name, returns an empty list.
add_header(name, value, **_params)¶
Add a (possibly multi-valued) header, with optional MIME parameters specified via keyword arguments.
name is the header field to add. Keyword arguments can be used to set MIME parameters for the header field. Each parameter must be a string or
None. Underscores in parameter names are converted to dashes, since dashes are illegal in Python identifiers, but many MIME parameter names include dashes. If the parameter value is a string, it is added to the header value parameters in the form
name="value". If it is
None, only the parameter name is added. (This is used for MIME parameters without a value.) Example usage:
h.add_header('content-disposition', 'attachment', filename='bud.gif')
The above will add a header that looks like this:
Content-Disposition: attachment; filename="bud.gif"
wsgiref.simple_server – a simple WSGI HTTP server¶
This module implements a simple HTTP server (based on
that serves WSGI applications. Each server instance serves a single WSGI
application on a given host and port. If you want to serve multiple
applications on a single host and port, you should create a WSGI application
PATH_INFO to select which application to invoke for each
request. (E.g., using the
shift_path_info() function from
make_server(host, port, app, server_class=WSGIServer, handler_class=WSGIRequestHandler)¶
Create a new WSGI server listening on host and port, accepting connections for app. The return value is an instance of the supplied server_class, and will process requests using the specified handler_class. app must be a WSGI application object, as defined by PEP 333.
from wsgiref.simple_server import make_server, demo_app httpd = make_server('', 8000, demo_app) print "Serving HTTP on port 8000..." # Respond to requests until process is killed httpd.serve_forever() # Alternative: serve one request, then exit httpd.handle_request()
This function is a small but complete WSGI application that returns a text page containing the message “Hello world!” and a list of the key/value pairs provided in the environ parameter. It’s useful for verifying that a WSGI server (such as
wsgiref.simple_server) is able to run a simple WSGI application correctly.
WSGIServerinstance. server_address should be a
(host,port)tuple, and RequestHandlerClass should be the subclass of
BaseHTTPServer.BaseHTTPRequestHandlerthat will be used to process requests.
You do not normally need to call this constructor, as the
make_server()function can handle all the details for you.
Sets the callable application as the WSGI application that will receive requests.
Returns the currently-set application callable.
WSGIRequestHandler(request, client_address, server)¶
Create an HTTP handler for the given request (i.e. a socket), client_address (a
(host,port)tuple), and server (
You do not need to create instances of this class directly; they are automatically created as needed by
WSGIServerobjects. You can, however, subclass this class and supply it as a handler_class to the
make_server()function. Some possibly relevant methods for overriding in subclasses:
Returns a dictionary containing the WSGI environment for a request. The default implementation copies the contents of the
base_environdictionary attribute and then adds various headers derived from the HTTP request. Each call to this method should return a new dictionary containing all of the relevant CGI environment variables as specified in PEP 333.
Return the object that should be used as the
wsgi.errorsstream. The default implementation just returns
wsgiref.validate — WSGI conformance checker¶
When creating new WSGI application objects, frameworks, servers, or middleware,
it can be useful to validate the new code’s conformance using
wsgiref.validate. This module provides a function that creates WSGI
application objects that validate communications between a WSGI server or
gateway and a WSGI application object, to check both sides for protocol
Note that this utility does not guarantee complete PEP 333 compliance; an absence of errors from this module does not necessarily mean that errors do not exist. However, if this module does produce an error, then it is virtually certain that either the server or application is not 100% compliant.
This module is based on the
paste.lint module from Ian Bicking’s “Python
Wrap application and return a new WSGI application object. The returned application will forward all requests to the original application, and will check that both the application and the server invoking it are conforming to the WSGI specification and to RFC 2616.
Any detected nonconformance results in an
AssertionErrorbeing raised; note, however, that how these errors are handled is server-dependent. For example,
wsgiref.simple_serverand other servers based on
wsgiref.handlers(that don’t override the error handling methods to do something else) will simply output a message that an error has occurred, and dump the traceback to
sys.stderror some other error stream.
This wrapper may also generate output using the
warningsmodule to indicate behaviors that are questionable but which may not actually be prohibited by PEP 333. Unless they are suppressed using Python command-line options or the
warningsAPI, any such warnings will be written to
wsgi.errors, unless they happen to be the same object).
from wsgiref.validate import validator from wsgiref.simple_server import make_server # Our callable object which is intentionally not compliant to the # standard, so the validator is going to break def simple_app(environ, start_response): status = '200 OK' # HTTP Status headers = [('Content-type', 'text/plain')] # HTTP Headers start_response(status, headers) # This is going to break because we need to return a list, and # the validator is going to inform us return "Hello World" # This is the application wrapped in a validator validator_app = validator(simple_app) httpd = make_server('', 8000, validator_app) print "Listening on port 8000...." httpd.serve_forever()
wsgiref.handlers – server/gateway base classes¶
This module provides base handler classes for implementing WSGI servers and gateways. These base classes handle most of the work of communicating with a WSGI application, as long as they are given a CGI-like environment, along with input, output, and error streams.
CGI-based invocation via
os.environ. This is useful when you have a WSGI application and want to run it as a CGI script. Simply invoke
appis the WSGI application object you wish to invoke.
This class is a subclass of
wsgi.multithreadto false, and
wsgi.multiprocessto true, and always uses
osto obtain the necessary CGI streams and environment.
BaseCGIHandler(stdin, stdout, stderr, environ, multithread=True, multiprocess=False)¶
CGIHandler, but instead of using the
osmodules, the CGI environment and I/O streams are specified explicitly. The multithread and multiprocess values are used to set the
wsgi.multiprocessflags for any applications run by the handler instance.
This class is a subclass of
SimpleHandlerintended for use with software other than HTTP “origin servers”. If you are writing a gateway protocol implementation (such as CGI, FastCGI, SCGI, etc.) that uses a
Status:header to send an HTTP status, you probably want to subclass this instead of
SimpleHandler(stdin, stdout, stderr, environ, multithread=True, multiprocess=False)¶
This class is a subclass of
BaseHandler. It overrides the
_flush()methods to support explicitly setting the environment and streams via the constructor. The supplied environment and streams are stored in the
This is an abstract base class for running WSGI applications. Each instance will handle a single HTTP request, although in principle you could create a subclass that was reusable for multiple requests.
BaseHandlerinstances have only one method intended for external use:
Run the specified WSGI application, app.
All of the other
BaseHandlermethods are invoked by this method in the process of running the application, and thus exist primarily to allow customizing the process.
The following methods MUST be overridden in a subclass:
Buffer the string data for transmission to the client. It’s okay if this method actually transmits the data;
BaseHandlerjust separates write and flush operations for greater efficiency when the underlying system actually has such a distinction.
Force buffered data to be transmitted to the client. It’s okay if this method is a no-op (i.e., if
_write()actually sends the data).
Return an input stream object suitable for use as the
wsgi.inputof the request currently being processed.
Return an output stream object suitable for use as the
wsgi.errorsof the request currently being processed.
Insert CGI variables for the current request into the
Here are some other methods and attributes you may wish to override. This list is only a summary, however, and does not include every method that can be overridden. You should consult the docstrings and source code for additional information before attempting to create a customized
Attributes and methods for customizing the WSGI environment:
The value to be used for the
wsgi.multithreadenvironment variable. It defaults to true in
BaseHandler, but may have a different default (or be set by the constructor) in the other subclasses.
The value to be used for the
wsgi.multiprocessenvironment variable. It defaults to true in
BaseHandler, but may have a different default (or be set by the constructor) in the other subclasses.
The default environment variables to be included in every request’s WSGI environment. By default, this is a copy of
os.environat the time that
wsgiref.handlerswas imported, but subclasses can either create their own at the class or instance level. Note that the dictionary should be considered read-only, since the default value is shared between multiple classes and instances.
origin_serverattribute is set, this attribute’s value is used to set the default
SERVER_SOFTWAREWSGI environment variable, and also to set a default
Server:header in HTTP responses. It is ignored for handlers (such as
CGIHandler) that are not HTTP origin servers.
Return the URL scheme being used for the current request. The default implementation uses the
wsgiref.utilto guess whether the scheme should be “http” or “https”, based on the current request’s
environattribute to a fully-populated WSGI environment. The default implementation uses all of the above methods and attributes, plus the
add_cgi_vars()methods and the
wsgi_file_wrapperattribute. It also inserts a
SERVER_SOFTWAREkey if not present, as long as the
origin_serverattribute is a true value and the
server_softwareattribute is set.
Methods and attributes for customizing exception handling:
Log the exc_info tuple in the server log. exc_info is a
(type, value, traceback)tuple. The default implementation simply writes the traceback to the request’s
wsgi.errorsstream and flushes it. Subclasses can override this method to change the format or retarget the output, mail the traceback to an administrator, or whatever other action may be deemed suitable.
The maximum number of frames to include in tracebacks output by the default
None, all frames are included.
This method is a WSGI application to generate an error page for the user. It is only invoked if an error occurs before headers are sent to the client.
This method can access the current error information using
sys.exc_info(), and should pass that information to start_response when calling it (as described in the “Error Handling” section of PEP 333).
Note, however, that it’s not recommended from a security perspective to spit out diagnostics to any old user; ideally, you should have to do something special to enable diagnostic output, which is why the default implementation doesn’t include any.
The HTTP status used for error responses. This should be a status string as defined in PEP 333; it defaults to a 500 code and message.
The HTTP headers used for error responses. This should be a list of WSGI response headers (
(name, value)tuples), as described in PEP 333. The default list just sets the content type to
The error response body. This should be an HTTP response body string. It defaults to the plain text, “A server error occurred. Please contact the administrator.”
Methods and attributes for PEP 333‘s “Optional Platform-Specific File Handling” feature:
None. The default value of this attribute is the
Override to implement platform-specific file transmission. This method is called only if the application’s return value is an instance of the class specified by the
wsgi_file_wrapperattribute. It should return a true value if it was able to successfully transmit the file, so that the default transmission code will not be executed. The default implementation of this method just returns a false value.
Miscellaneous methods and attributes:
This attribute should be set to a true value if the handler’s
_flush()are being used to communicate directly to the client, rather than via a CGI-like gateway protocol that wants the HTTP status in a special
This is a working “Hello World” WSGI application:
from wsgiref.simple_server import make_server # Every WSGI application must have an application object - a callable # object that accepts two arguments. For that purpose, we're going to # use a function (note that you're not limited to a function, you can # use a class for example). The first argument passed to the function # is a dictionary containing CGI-style envrironment variables and the # second variable is the callable object (see PEP 333). def hello_world_app(environ, start_response): status = '200 OK' # HTTP Status headers = [('Content-type', 'text/plain')] # HTTP Headers start_response(status, headers) # The returned object is going to be printed return ["Hello World"] httpd = make_server('', 8000, hello_world_app) print "Serving on port 8000..." # Serve until process is killed httpd.serve_forever()