View configuration controls how view lookup operates in your application. In earlier chapters, you have been exposed to a few simple view configuration declarations without much explanation. In this chapter we will explore the subject in detail.
View Lookup and Invocation¶
View configuration information stored within in the application registry is compared against the context and request by the view lookup subsystem in order to find the “best” view callable for the set of circumstances implied by the context and request.
View predicate attributes are an important part of view configuration that enables the View lookup subsystem to find and invoke the appropriate view. Predicate attributes can be thought of like “narrowers”. In general, the greater number of predicate attributes possessed by a view’s configuration, the more specific the circumstances need to be before the registered view callable will be invoked.
Mapping a Resource or URL Pattern to a View Callable¶
A developer makes a view callable available for use within a Pyramid application via view configuration. A view configuration associates a view callable with a set of statements that determine the set of circumstances which must be true for the view callable to be invoked.
View configuration is performed in one of these ways:
- by running a scan against application source code which has a
pyramid.view.view_configdecorator attached to a Python object as per View Configuration Using the @view_config Decorator.
- by using the
pyramid.config.Configurator.add_view()method as per View Registration Using add_view().
- By specifying a view within a route configuration. View
configuration via a route configuration is performed by using the
pyramid.config.Configurator.add_route()method, passing a
viewargument specifying a view callable.
A package named
pyramid_handlers (available from PyPI) provides
an analogue of Pylons -style “controllers”, which are a special
kind of view class which provides more automation when your application
uses URL dispatch solely.
View Configuration Parameters¶
All forms of view configuration accept the same general types of arguments.
Many arguments supplied during view configuration are view predicate arguments. View predicate arguments used during view configuration are used to narrow the set of circumstances in which view lookup will find a particular view callable.
In general, the fewer number of predicates which are supplied to a particular view configuration, the more likely it is that the associated view callable will be invoked. The greater the number supplied, the less likely. A view with five predicates will always be found and evaluated before a view with two, for example. All predicates must match for the associated view to be called.
This does not mean however, that Pyramid “stops looking” when it finds a view registration with predicates that don’t match. If one set of view predicates does not match, the “next most specific” view (if any) is consulted for predicates, and so on, until a view is found, or no view can be matched up with the request. The first view with a set of predicates all of which match the request environment will be invoked.
If no view can be found with predicates which allow it to be matched up with the request, Pyramid will return an error to the user’s browser, representing a “not found” (404) page. See Changing the Not Found View for more information about changing the default notfound view.
Some view configuration arguments are non-predicate arguments. These tend to modify the response of the view callable or prevent the view callable from being invoked due to an authorization policy. The presence of non-predicate arguments in a view configuration does not narrow the circumstances in which the view callable will be invoked.
permissionis not supplied, no permission is registered for this view (it’s accessible by any caller).
The view machinery defaults to using the
__call__method of the view callable (or the function itself, if the view callable is a function) to obtain a response. The
attrvalue allows you to vary the method attribute used to obtain the response. For example, if your view was a class, and the class has a method named
indexand you wanted to use this method instead of the class’
__call__method to return the response, you’d say
attr="index"in the view configuration for the view. This is most useful when the view definition is a class.
attris not supplied,
Noneis used (implying the function itself if the view is a function, or the
__call__callable attribute if the view is a class).
This is either a single string term (e.g.
json) or a string implying a path or asset specification (e.g.
templates/views.pt) naming a renderer implementation. If the
renderervalue does not contain a dot (
.), the specified string will be used to look up a renderer implementation, and that renderer implementation will be used to construct a response from the view return value. If the
renderervalue contains a dot (
.), the specified term will be treated as a path, and the filename extension of the last element in the path will be used to look up the renderer implementation, which will be passed the full path.
When the renderer is a path, although a path is usually just a simple relative pathname (e.g.
templates/foo.pt, implying that a template named “foo.pt” is in the “templates” directory relative to the directory of the current package), a path can be absolute, starting with a slash on UNIX or a drive letter prefix on Windows. The path can alternately be a asset specification in the form
some.dotted.package_name:relative/path, making it possible to address template assets which live in a separate package.
rendererattribute is optional. If it is not defined, the “null” renderer is assumed (no rendering is performed and the value is passed back to the upstream Pyramid machinery unmolested). Note that if the view callable itself returns a response (see View Callable Responses), the specified renderer implementation is never called.
The view name of a different view configuration which will receive the response body of this view as the
request.wrapped_bodyattribute of its own request, and the response returned by this view as the
request.wrapped_responseattribute of its own request. Using a wrapper makes it possible to “chain” views together to form a composite response. The response of the outermost wrapper view will be returned to the user. The wrapper view will be found as any view is found: see View Lookup and Invocation. The “best” wrapper view will be found based on the lookup ordering: “under the hood” this wrapper view is looked up via
pyramid.view.render_view_to_response(context, request, 'wrapper_viewname'). The context and request of a wrapper view is the same context and request of the inner view.
wrapperis not supplied, no wrapper view is used.
- A dotted Python name to function (or the function itself) which
will be used to decorate the registered view callable. The
decorator function will be called with the view callable as a single
argument. The view callable it is passed will accept
(context, request). The decorator must return a replacement view callable which also accepts
- A Python object or dotted Python name which refers to a view
None. By default it is
None, which indicates that the view should use the default view mapper. This plug-point is useful for Pyramid extension developers, but it’s not very useful for ‘civilians’ who are just developing stock Pyramid applications. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
These arguments modify view lookup behavior. In general, the more predicate arguments that are supplied, the more specific, and narrower the usage of the configured view.
nameis not supplied, the empty string is used (implying the default view).
An object representing a Python class that the context resource must be an instance of or the interface that the context resource must provide in order for this view to be found and called. This predicate is true when the context resource is an instance of the represented class or if the context resource provides the represented interface; it is otherwise false.
contextis not supplied, the value
None, which matches any resource, is used.
route_nameis supplied, the view callable will be invoked only when the named route has matched.
This value must match the
nameof a route configuration declaration (see URL Dispatch) that must match before this view will be called. Note that the
routeconfiguration referred to by
route_namewill usually have a
*traversetoken in the value of its
pattern, representing a part of the path that will be used by traversal against the result of the route’s root factory.
route_nameis not supplied, the view callable will be have a chance of being invoked if no other route was matched. This is when the request/context pair found via resource location does not indicate it matched any configured route.
request_typeis not supplied, the value
Noneis used, implying any request type.
This is an advanced feature, not often used by “civilians”.
This value can either be one of the strings
HEADrepresenting an HTTP
REQUEST_METHOD. A view declaration with this argument ensures that the view will only be called when the request’s
methodattribute (aka the
REQUEST_METHODof the WSGI environment) string matches the supplied value.
request_methodis not supplied, the view will be invoked regardless of the
REQUEST_METHODof the WSGI environment.
This value can be any string. A view declaration with this argument ensures that the view will only be called when the request has a key in the
request.paramsdictionary (an HTTP
POSTvariable) that has a name which matches the supplied value.
If the value supplied has a
=sign in it, e.g.
request_params="foo=123", then the key (
foo) must both exist in the
request.paramsdictionary, and the value must match the right hand side of the expression (
123) for the view to “match” the current request.
request_paramis not supplied, the view will be invoked without consideration of keys and values in the
This value should be a reference to a Python class or interface that a parent object in the context resource’s lineage must provide in order for this view to be found and called. The resources in your resource tree must be “location-aware” to use this feature.
containmentis not supplied, the interfaces and classes in the lineage are not considered when deciding whether or not to invoke the view callable.
See Location-Aware Resources for more information about location-awareness.
This value should be either
False. If this value is specified and is
True, the WSGI environment must possess an
X-Requested-With) header that has the value
xhris not specified, the
HTTP_X_REQUESTED_WITHHTTP header is not taken into consideration when deciding whether or not to invoke the associated view callable.
The value of this argument represents a match query for one or more mimetypes in the
AcceptHTTP request header. If this value is specified, it must be in one of the following forms: a mimetype match token in the form
text/plain, a wildcard mimetype match token in the form
text/*or a match-all wildcard mimetype match token in the form
*/*. If any of the forms matches the
Acceptheader of the request, this predicate will be true.
acceptis not specified, the
HTTP_ACCEPTHTTP header is not taken into consideration when deciding whether or not to invoke the associated view callable.
This value represents an HTTP header name or a header name/value pair.
headeris specified, it must be a header name or a
headeris specified without a value (a bare header name only, e.g.
If-Modified-Since), the view will only be invoked if the HTTP header exists with any value in the request.
headeris specified, and possesses a name/value pair (e.g.
User-Agent:Mozilla/.*), the view will only be invoked if the HTTP header exists and the HTTP header matches the value requested. When the
:(colon), it will be considered a name/value pair (e.g.
Host:localhost). The value portion should be a regular expression.
Whether or not the value represents a header name or a header name/value pair, the case of the header name is not significant.
headeris not specified, the composition, presence or absence of HTTP headers is not taken into consideration when deciding whether or not to invoke the associated view callable.
This value represents a regular expression pattern that will be tested against the
PATH_INFOWSGI environment variable to decide whether or not to call the associated view callable. If the regex matches, this predicate will be
path_infois not specified, the WSGI
PATH_INFOis not taken into consideration when deciding whether or not to invoke the associated view callable.
custom_predicatesis specified, it must be a sequence of references to custom predicate callables. Use custom predicates when no set of predefined predicates do what you need. Custom predicates can be combined with predefined predicates as necessary. Each custom predicate callable should accept two arguments:
requestand should return either
Falseafter doing arbitrary evaluation of the context resource and/or the request. If all callables return
True, the associated view callable will be considered viable for a given request.
custom_predicatesis not specified, no custom predicates are used.
View Configuration Using the
For better locality of reference, you may use the
pyramid.view.view_config decorator to associate your view functions
with URLs instead of using imperative configuration for the same purpose.
Using this feature tends to slows down application startup slightly, as more work is performed at application startup to scan for view declarations.
Usage of the
view_config decorator is a form of declarative
configuration in decorator form.
view_config can be
used to associate view configuration information – as done via the
equivalent imperative code – with a function that acts as a Pyramid
view callable. All arguments to the
pyramid.config.Configurator.add_view() method (save for the
argument) are available in decorator form and mean precisely the same thing.
An example of the
view_config decorator might reside in
a Pyramid application module
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from resources import MyResource from pyramid.view import view_config from pyramid.response import Response @view_config(name='my_view', request_method='POST', context=MyResource, permission='read') def my_view(request): return Response('OK')
Using this decorator as above replaces the need to add this imperative configuration stanza:
config.add_view('.views.my_view', name='my_view', request_method='POST', context=MyResource, permission='read')
All arguments to
view_config may be omitted. For example:
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from pyramid.response import Response from pyramid.view import view_config @view_config() def my_view(request): """ My view """ return Response()
Such a registration as the one directly above implies that the view name will
my_view, registered with a
context argument that matches any
resource type, using no permission, registered against requests with any
request method, request type, request param, route name, or containment.
The mere existence of a
@view_config decorator doesn’t suffice to perform
view configuration. All that the decorator does is “annotate” the function
with your configuration declarations, it doesn’t process them. To make
Pyramid process your
you must do use the
scan method of a
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# config is assumed to be an instance of the # pyramid.config.Configurator class config.scan()
Please see Configuration Decorations and Code Scanning for detailed information
about what happens when code is scanned for configuration declarations
resulting from use of decorators like
view_config decorator can be placed in various points
in your application.
If your view callable is a function, it may be used as a function decorator:
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from pyramid.view import view_config from pyramid.response import Response @view_config(name='edit') def edit(request): return Response('edited!')
If your view callable is a class, the decorator can also be used as a class decorator in Python 2.6 and better (Python 2.5 and below do not support class decorators). All the arguments to the decorator are the same when applied against a class as when they are applied against a function. For example:
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from pyramid.response import Response from pyramid.view import view_config @view_config() class MyView(object): def __init__(self, request): self.request = request def __call__(self): return Response('hello')
You can use the
view_config decorator as a simple
callable to manually decorate classes in Python 2.5 and below without the
decorator syntactic sugar, if you wish:
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from pyramid.response import Response from pyramid.view import view_config class MyView(object): def __init__(self, request): self.request = request def __call__(self): return Response('hello') my_view = view_config()(MyView)
More than one
view_config decorator can be stacked on
top of any number of others. Each decorator creates a separate view
registration. For example:
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from pyramid.view import view_config from pyramid.response import Response @view_config(name='edit') @view_config(name='change') def edit(request): return Response('edited!')
This registers the same view under two different names.
The decorator can also be used against class methods:
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from pyramid.response import Response from pyramid.view import view_config class MyView(object): def __init__(self, request): self.request = request @view_config(name='hello') def amethod(self): return Response('hello')
When the decorator is used against a class method, a view is registered for
the class, so the class constructor must accept an argument list in one of
two forms: either it must accept a single argument
request or it must
accept two arguments,
The method which is decorated must return a response.
Using the decorator against a particular method of a class is equivalent to
attr parameter in a decorator attached to the class itself.
For example, the above registration implied by the decorator being used
amethod method could be spelled equivalently as the below:
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from pyramid.response import Response from pyramid.view import view_config @view_config(attr='amethod', name='hello') class MyView(object): def __init__(self, request): self.request = request def amethod(self): return Response('hello')
View Registration Using
pyramid.config.Configurator.add_view() method within
pyramid.config is used to configure a view imperatively. The
arguments to this method are very similar to the arguments that you provide
@view_config decorator. For example:
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from pyramid.response import Response def hello_world(request): return Response('hello!') # config is assumed to be an instance of the # pyramid.config.Configurator class config.add_view(hello_world, name='hello.html')
The first argument,
view, is required. It must either be a Python object
which is the view itself or a dotted Python name to such an object.
All other arguments are optional. See
pyramid.config.Configurator.add_view() for more information.
Using Resource Interfaces In View Configuration¶
Instead of registering your views with a
context that names a Python
resource class, you can optionally register a view callable with a
context which is an interface. An interface can be attached
arbitrarily to any resource object. View lookup treats context interfaces
specially, and therefore the identity of a resource can be divorced from that
of the class which implements it. As a result, associating a view with an
interface can provide more flexibility for sharing a single view between two
or more different implementations of a resource type. For example, if two
resource objects of different Python class types share the same interface,
you can use the same view configuration to specify both of them as a
In order to make use of interfaces in your application during view dispatch, you must create an interface and mark up your resource classes or instances with interface declarations that refer to this interface.
To attach an interface to a resource class, you define the interface and
zope.interface.implements() function to associate the interface
with the class.
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from zope.interface import Interface from zope.interface import implements class IHello(Interface): """ A marker interface """ class Hello(object): implements(IHello)
To attach an interface to a resource instance, you define the interface and
zope.interface.alsoProvides() function to associate the
interface with the instance. This function mutates the instance in such a
way that the interface is attached to it.
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from zope.interface import Interface from zope.interface import alsoProvides class IHello(Interface): """ A marker interface """ class Hello(object): pass def make_hello(): hello = Hello() alsoProvides(hello, IHello) return hello
Regardless of how you associate an interface, with a resource instance, or a
resource class, the resulting code to associate that interface with a view
callable is the same. Assuming the above code that defines an
interface lives in the root of your application, and its module is named
“resources.py”, the interface declaration below will associate the
mypackage.views.hello_world view with resources that implement, or
provide, this interface.
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# config is an instance of pyramid.config.Configurator config.add_view('mypackage.views.hello_world', name='hello.html', context='mypackage.resources.IHello')
Any time a resource that is determined to be the context provides
this interface, and a view named
hello.html is looked up against it as
per the URL, the
mypackage.views.hello_world view callable will be
Note, in cases where a view is registered against a resource class, and a
view is also registered against an interface that the resource class
implements, an ambiguity arises. Views registered for the resource class take
precedence over any views registered for any interface the resource class
implements. Thus, if one view configuration names a
context of both the
class type of a resource, and another view configuration names a
of interface implemented by the resource’s class, and both view
configurations are otherwise identical, the view registered for the context’s
class will “win”.
For more information about defining resources with interfaces for use within view configuration, see Resources Which Implement Interfaces.
Configuring View Security¶
If an authorization policy is active, any permission attached
to a view configuration found during view lookup will be verified.
This will ensure that the currently authenticated user possesses that
permission against the context resource before the view function is
actually called. Here’s an example of specifying a permission in a view
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# config is an instance of pyramid.config.Configurator config.add_view('myproject.views.add_entry', name='add.html', context='myproject.resources.IBlog', permission='add')
When an authorization policy is enabled, this view will be protected
add permission. The view will not be called if the user does
not possess the
add permission relative to the current context.
Instead the forbidden view result will be returned to the client as
per Protecting Views with Permissions.
It’s useful to be able to debug
NotFound error responses when they
occur unexpectedly due to an application registry misconfiguration. To debug
these errors, use the
PYRAMID_DEBUG_NOTFOUND environment variable or the
debug_notfound configuration file setting. Details of why a view was not
found will be printed to
stderr, and the browser representation of the
error will include the same information. See Environment Variables and .ini File Settings for
more information about how, and where to set these values.