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fastapi-chameleon

Adds integration of the Chameleon template language to FastAPI.

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fastapi-chameleon

Adds integration of the Chameleon template language to FastAPI. If you are interested in Jinja instead, see the sister project: github.com/AGeekInside/fastapi-jinja.

Installation

Simply pip install fastapi_chameleon.

Usage

This is easy to use. Just create a folder within your web app to hold the templates such as:

├── main.py
├── views.py
│
├── templates
│   ├── home
│   │   └── index.pt
│   └── shared
│       └── layout.pt

In the app startup, tell the library about the folder you wish to use:

import os
import fastapi_chameleon

dev_mode = True

folder = os.path.dirname(__file__)
template_folder = os.path.join(folder, 'templates')
template_folder = os.path.abspath(template_folder)

fastapi_chameleon.global_init(template_folder, auto_reload=dev_mode)

Then just decorate the FastAPI view methods (works on sync and async methods):

@router.post('/')
@fastapi_chameleon.template('home/index.pt')
async def home_post(request: Request):
    form = await request.form()
    vm = PersonViewModel(**form) 

    return vm.dict() # {'first':'Michael', 'last':'Kennedy', ...}

The view method should return a dict to be passed as variables/values to the template.

If a fastapi.Response is returned, the template is skipped and the response along with status_code and other values is directly passed through. This is common for redirects and error responses not meant for this page template.

Friendly 404s and errors

A common technique for user-friendly sites is to use a custom HTML page for 404 responses. This is especially important in FastAPI because FastAPI returns a 404 response + JSON by default. This library has support for friendly 404 pages using the fastapi_chameleon.not_found() function.

Here's an example:

@router.get('/catalog/item/{item_id}')
@fastapi_chameleon.template('catalog/item.pt')
async def item(item_id: int):
    item = service.get_item_by_id(item_id)
    if not item:
        fastapi_chameleon.not_found()
    
    return item.dict()

This will render a 404 response with using the template file templates/errors/404.pt. You can specify another template to use for the response, but it's not required.

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