CSRF exempt for Flask-RESTPlus API

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The @csrf.exempt method does not work with Resource methods or decorators, it should be done on Api level. Here is an example how to exclude resources from CSRF protection based on class:

def csrf_exempt_my_resource(view):
    if issubclass(view.view_class, MyResource):
        return csrf.exempt(view)
    return view

api_blueprint = Blueprint('api', __name__)
api = Api(api_blueprint, title='My API', decorators=[csrf_exempt_my_resource])

Or for all resources:

api_blueprint = Blueprint('api', __name__)
api = Api(api_blueprint, title='My Private API', decorators=[csrf.exempt])

Function as model column in Flask Admin

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I like the idea about separation of business logic from models and views into services. There are more details in these slides from the EuroPython talk.

Usually in Flask-Admin for a new column a new method with @property decorator is added and the model becomes fat. Also it’s not good to put something with queries in property. Another way is to put this function to the services and use column formatter in Flask-Admin.

def get_some_data(model_id)
    """Function in services."""
    return RelatedModel.objects(model=model_id).count()

class MyModelView(ModelView):
    column_formatters = {
        'related_model_count': lambda view, context, model, name: get_some_data(model.id)

    column_list = [..., 'related_model_count']

Remote model in Flask-Admin

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The task is to show a model from another application in Flask-Admin. A way to do it is to overwrite BaseModelView and get the data through HTTP request. Here is a simple example for a sortable list with a pagination.

Celery flower for several applications

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If there is a need to monitor several applications, there are two ways:

  • run celery flower instance for each application
celery flower --app app1.celeryapp --port=5555
celery flower --app app2.celeryapp --port=5556
  • run celery flower with broker option, there will be less options to control tasks
celery flower --broker=redis://redis/0

Celery checklist

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There is a good checklist to build great celery async tasks.

I want only to add how to autoreload celery worker in development mode. Before there was an --autoreload option, but now it’s removed. For this task I use watchdog.

pip install watchdog
watchmedo auto-restart --recursive -d app -p '*.py' -i '*.pyc' -- celery worker --app app.celeryapp --queues my_query -n my_queue@%h --loglevel INFO

Export and import for MongoEngine model in Flask-Admin

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Another tip for Flask-Admin. The task’s requirements are:

  • possibility to choose some model’s objects and download them in JSON
  • possibility to upload them back

There is a ModelView property can_export, it adds an action to export in CSV or another format supported by tablib, but it does not allow to select records and there is no import. So for my task it’s not a solution.

The export is easy to do with an action decorathor.

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