Django Macros Url. Routing must be simple as possible

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Django Macros URL v0.2.3 - Routing must be simple as possible

Django Macros URL makes it easy to write (and read) URL patterns in your Django applications by using macros.

You can combine your prefixes with macro names with an underscore, for example, you can use a macro :slug and :product_slug. They both will be compiled to same regex pattern with their group names of course. Multiple underscores accepted too.

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Supported macros by default

slug - [\w-]+
year - \d{4}
month - (0?([1-9])|10|11|12)
day - ((0|1|2)?([1-9])|[1-3]0|31)
id - \d+
pk - \d+
page - \d+
uuid - [a-fA-F0-9]{8}-?[a-fA-F0-9]{4}-?[1345][a-fA-F0-9]{3}-?[a-fA-F0-9]{4}-?[a-fA-F0-9]{12}

If you want to offer more macros by default, you can fork and make a pull request.


You can install the library with PyPI.

pip install django-macros-url


Django Macros URLs used the same way as Django standard URLs. You just import this and declare your patterns with macros.

Also, you can register new macro (or maybe you want to replace default macro with your like regex pattern) with macrosurl.register(macro, pattern) method.

An example of registration.

import macrosurl

macrosurl.register('myhash', '[a-f0-9]{9}')

urlpatterns = patterns(
    macrosurl.url('^:myhash/$', 'myhash_main'),
    macrosurl.url('^news/:news_myhash/$', 'myhash_news'),

Feel free to register custom macro anywhere (i do it in main file). Macros URLs uses lazy initialization. Macros will be compiled only on the first request.

URL normalization

Once Macros URL completed compile regex pattern, it makes normalization of it by rules:

This makes your URLs always very strong to adding any unexpected params into a path.

Auto-calling as_view() on CBV objects.

Library check type of view and if a view is type object with defined 'as_view' function, call this. This allows you omit ".as_view()" calls in your files. But you can call this manual with params if you need.

This feature helps you to keep your files clean as possible. I hope you like this feature!


Macros URL example file

from django.conf.urls import patterns
from macrosurl import url
from project.portal.views import IndexView

urlpatterns = patterns(
    url('^:category_slug/$', 'category'),
    url(':category_slug/:product_slug/', 'category_product'),
    url(':category_slug/:product_slug/:variant_id', 'category_product_variant'),
    url('news/', 'news'),
    url('news/:year/:month/:day', 'news_date'),
    url('news/:slug', 'news_entry'),
    url('^order/:id$', 'order'),
    url('^$', IndexView),

Standard Django urls example

from django.conf.urls import patterns, url
from project.portal.views import IndexView

urlpatterns = patterns(
    url('^(?P<category_slug>[\w-]+>)/$', 'category'),
    url('^(?P<category_slug>[\w-]+>)/(?P<product_slug>[\w-]+>)/$', 'category_product'),
    url('^(?P<category_slug>[\w-]+>)/(?P<product_slug>[\w-]+>)/(?P<variant_id>\d+>)$', 'category_product_variant'),
    url('^news/$', 'news'),
    url('^news/(?P<year>\d{4}>)/(?P<month>(0?([1-9])|10|11|12)>)/(?P<day>((0|1|2)?([1-9])|[1-3]0|31)>)$', 'news_date'),
    url('^news/(?P<slug>[\w-]+>)$', 'news_entry'),
    url('^order/(?P<id>\d+>)$', 'order'),
    url('^$', IndexView.as_view()),

I think you understand the difference of ways :)

Routing must be simple! ;-)

I think raw URL regexp patterns needed in 1% case only. I prefer simple way to write (and read, this is important) fancy clean URLs.


Alexandr Shurigin

You are welcome to contribute by PR.