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Custom RenderersΒΆ

Pyramid supports custom renderers, alongside the default renderers shipped with Pyramid.

Here’s a basic comma-separated value (CSV) renderer to output a CSV file to the browser. Add the following to a renderers.py module in your application (or anywhere else you’d like to place such things):

import csv
import io

class CSVRenderer(object):
   def __init__(self, info):

def __call__(self, value, system):
   fout = io.StringIO()
   writer = csv.writer(fout, delimiter=',',quotechar =',',quoting=csv.QUOTE_MINIMAL)

   filename = value['filename']

   resp = system['request'].response
   resp.content_type = 'text/csv'
   resp.content_disposition = 'attachment;filename=' + filename + '.csv'
   return fout.getvalue()

Now you have a renderer. Let’s register with our application’s Configurator:

config.add_renderer('csv', 'myapp.renderers.CSVRenderer')

Of course, modify the dotted-string to point to the module location you decided upon. To use the renderer, create a view:

@view_config(route_name='data', renderer='csv')
def my_view(self):
   d = datetime.now()
   query = DBSession.query(table).all()
   header = ['First Name', 'Last Name']
   rows = []

   # returns filename of report with timestamp and beginning 0 removed
   filename = "report" + d.strftime(" %m/%d").replace(' 0', '')
   for i in query:
       items = [i.first_name, i.last_name]

   return {
      'header': header,
      'rows': rows,
      'filename': filename

def main(global_config, **settings):
    config = Configurator(settings=settings)
    config.add_route('data', '/data')
    return config.make_wsgi_app()

This view does a few things, not all of which are required. Query your database in your query variable, establish your headers and initialize rows[]. Then it determines the filename. You only need a name here, but I’ve added the month and day using datetime() and strftime().

Then it loops the query in items[] and then appends the result into the rows[] array we initialized earlier.

Lastly, we return all of our data to pass it to the CSV renderer. Not all of what you see is required. The only thing the renderer requires is a header, rows, and a filename.

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