Posts tagged: flask

Using the Flask CLI

2017-04-11 12:00:24 ][ Tags: hacking python flask

Who knew that flask had a cli? Previously I used to just use manage.py just like Django does it to "do stuff". The CLI is great, but again it follows the theme of kind of wanting you to install your flask app. (I really should do this). So in order to get your app to work you must point the FLASK_APP variable to the actual python file (not your app module). This is true even if you have a true python module. For instance.

export FLASK_APP = blog/blog.py
flask run

Works, while

export FLASK_APP = blog
flask run

Does not. Even though blog consists of:


Running Flask Tests without installing the app

2017-04-08 12:00:06 ][ Tags: hacking testing python flask

The Flask Docs have a great section for testing. However they assume that you have the app installed with pip install -e . which I almost never do. (Maybe I should start?) I have had trouble with this approach. So one little hack to inject your app into the searchable python path is to do something like this:

export BLOG_PATH=$(pwd) && python tests/blog_tests.py

We use \$(pwd) so that this will "just work" no matter which computer you run it on (i.e. test, dev, other persons dev) Then in your tests/blog_tests.py file you import your flask app like this:

sys.path.insert(0, os.environ.get('BLOG_PATH'))
from blog.blog import app, init_db

You can see the full details here: https://circleci.com/gh/levlaz/blog My biggest issue with installing the app in a traditional sense is that when I run it with apache mod_wsgi it does not seem to actually copy over the right folders and apache is not able to find templates or static files. So that sucks, and I am probably doing something wrong. But this approach works more or less no matter what so sometimes a hack is better than derping around with no solution (as I did for six hours yesterday).

Show all Flask Routes

2016-08-28 21:02:21 ][ Tags: hacking python flask

One of my favorite things about rails is rake routes. This command will show you all of the routes that your application is currently aware of. I was searching for something similar in Flask and came across this snippet. Sadly, it did not work for me. I am using Python 3, so that may have something to do with it. In any case, I did not have time to dig into what was wrong, because just the other day I read this amazing introduction to functional python where my biggest take away was that as soon as you see multiple for loops, its time to use map. With my functional skills in tow, I wrote a simple one liner to print all of my routes.

def routes():
    import pprint
    pprint.pprint(list(map(lambda x: repr(x), app.url_map.iter_rules())))

Running this on braindump, shows me everything that I need to know.

[levlaz braindump]$ python3 manage.py routes
["<Rule '/auth/change-password' (GET, HEAD, OPTIONS, POST) -> "
"<Rule '/auth/change-email' (GET, HEAD, OPTIONS, POST) -> "
"<Rule '/auth/unconfirmed' (GET, HEAD, OPTIONS) -> auth.unconfirmed>",
"<Rule '/auth/register' (GET, HEAD, OPTIONS, POST) -> auth.register>",
"<Rule '/auth/confirm' (GET, HEAD, OPTIONS) -> auth.resend_confirmation>",
"<Rule '/auth/logout' (GET, HEAD, OPTIONS) -> auth.logout>",
"<Rule '/auth/login' (GET, HEAD, OPTIONS, POST) -> auth.login>",
"<Rule '/auth/reset' (GET, HEAD, OPTIONS, POST) -> "
"<Rule '/empty-trash' (GET, HEAD, OPTIONS) -> main.empty_trash>",
"<Rule '/notebooks' (GET, HEAD, OPTIONS, POST) -> main.notebooks>",
"<Rule '/favorites' (GET, HEAD, OPTIONS) -> main.favorites>",
"<Rule '/settings' (GET, HEAD, OPTIONS) -> main.settings>",
"<Rule '/shutdown' (GET, HEAD, OPTIONS) -> main.server_shutdown>",
"<Rule '/archive' (GET, HEAD, OPTIONS) -> main.view_archive>",
"<Rule '/search' (GET, HEAD, OPTIONS) -> main.search>",
"<Rule '/trash' (GET, HEAD, OPTIONS) -> main.trash>",
"<Rule '/add' (GET, HEAD, OPTIONS, POST) -> main.add>",
"<Rule '/' (GET, HEAD, OPTIONS, POST) -> main.index>",
"<Rule '/static/bootstrap/<filename>' (GET, HEAD, OPTIONS) -> "
"<Rule '/auth/change-email/<token>' (GET, HEAD, OPTIONS) -> "
"<Rule '/auth/confirm/<token>' (GET, HEAD, OPTIONS) -> auth.confirm>",
"<Rule '/auth/reset/<token>' (GET, HEAD, OPTIONS, POST) -> "
"<Rule '/delete-forever/<id>' (GET, HEAD, OPTIONS, POST) -> "
"<Rule '/notebook/<id>' (GET, HEAD, OPTIONS) -> main.notebook>",
"<Rule '/notebook/<id>' (DELETE, OPTIONS) -> main.delete_notebook>",
"<Rule '/favorite/<id>' (GET, HEAD, OPTIONS, POST) -> main.favorite>",
"<Rule '/restore/<id>' (GET, HEAD, OPTIONS, POST) -> main.restore>",
"<Rule '/archive/<id>' (GET, HEAD, OPTIONS) -> main.archive>",
"<Rule '/delete/<id>' (GET, HEAD, OPTIONS, POST) -> main.delete>",
"<Rule '/static/<filename>' (GET, HEAD, OPTIONS) -> static>",
"<Rule '/share/<id>' (GET, HEAD, OPTIONS, POST) -> main.share>",
"<Rule '/note/<id>' (GET, HEAD, OPTIONS) -> main.note>",
"<Rule '/edit/<id>' (PUT, OPTIONS) -> main.edit>",
"<Rule '/tag/<name>' (GET, HEAD, OPTIONS) -> main.tag>"]

Now, all that is left is for me to figure out why my API routes are missing. :)