We always require an API to fetch the details of the current user. This API, unfortunately, isn’t provided by default in Django OAuth Toolkit. But worry not, it’s fairly easy to write this API, and that is what we’ll do. But before we begin, let’s clarify some assumptions:
- This tutorial is written with Django 2.0 specific commands in mind (eg. Path)
- This is for someone who has Django OAuth Toolkit already up and running in the project.
- This tutorial doesn’t mention imports and will have to be done by developer accordingly.
Now that that’s clear, let’s begin.
Setting up the Authentication Backend and Middlewares
Before we begin writing
API View, make sure to add the following in the
settings.py of the project. First, we add
AUTHENTICATION_BACKENDS = ( 'oauth2_provider.backends.OAuth2Backend', # Not required for DOT, but required for Admin 'django.contrib.auth.backends.ModelBackend', )
Then we add relevant
MIDDLEWARE for the OAuth Toolkit:
MIDDLEWARE = ( '...', # If you use SessionAuthenticationMiddleware, be sure it appears before OAuth2TokenMiddleware. # SessionAuthenticationMiddleware is NOT required for using DOT. 'django.contrib.auth.middleware.SessionAuthenticationMiddleware', 'oauth2_provider.middleware.OAuth2TokenMiddleware', '...', )
These steps are essentials for getting
request.user function, which will be required while writing the
Writing the API
views.py we’ll write a
generic Retrieve API View which when called along with the authorization token will return the User details. For that, we’ll first write a
serializer that will define our JSON response.
Serializer for the User
For our JSON response let’s take id, first name, last name, email, and username. In the
serializers.py file write the following Model Serializer class
class UserDetailSerializer(serializers.ModelSerializer): class Meta: model = User fields = ('id', 'first_name', 'last_name', 'email', 'username')
The Retrieve API View
views.py file we’ll write the UserDetail View:
class UserDetailView(generics.RetrieveAPIView): """ Use this endpoint to retrieve user. """ # Set the AUTH_USER_MODEL in settings.py file to make it work with custom user models as well. model = settings.AUTH_USER_MODEL serializer_class = UserDetailSerializer # Set the permission class if not already set by default permission_classes = [permissions.IsAuthenticated] def get_object(self, *args, **kwargs): return self.request.user
The API Path
Now that the tough part is over we’ll write the URL Path for the API. In your
urls.py add the following URL pattern.
urlpatterns = [ '...' path('api/me/', UserDetailView.as_view(), name='me'), ]
That’s all for the coding part, now when you call the
http://localhost:8000/api/me/?format=json with Authorization Header, you’ll get the ID, First Name, Last Name, Email and Username of the user associated with the JSON Web Token.