Python Flask — RESTful API

Why :

  1. Built-in development server and debugger
  2. Integrated Unit Testing support
  3. Easy and flexible configurations


Run command

 Python3 -m pip install Flask


from flask import Flaskapp = Flask(__name__)@app.route(‘/’)  def hello_world():  return ‘Hello world’

Run / Start Server

flask run

API Endpoints

Let’s write our API endpoints in the file.

Importing Libraries

from flask import Flask, jsonify, requestimport logging

POST : Handling Request Body

@app.route(‘/api/v1/doa, methods=[‘POST’])  def get_request_body():  request_data = request.get_json()  title = request_data[‘title’]  return title

Send request with curl command :

curl — location — request POST ‘' \ — header ‘Content-Type: application/json’ \ — data-raw ‘{“title”: “wuduk”}’

GET : Handling Query Parameters

@app.route(‘/api/v1/doa/search’)  def query_example():  keyword = request.args.get(‘keyword’)  logging.debug(‘keyword: %s’ % keyword)  return keyword

Endpoint :

Handling Request Headers

@app.route(‘/api/v1/authorisation’, methods=[‘GET’])def api_auth():  if ‘Authorisation’ in request.headers:  authkey = request.headers[‘Authorisation’]  return authkey

Send request with curl command :

curl — location — request GET ‘' \ — header ‘Authorisation: 32vffwfwr23423’ \ — header ‘Content-Type: application/json’

GET : Handling URL Variables

@app.route(‘/api/v1/doa/<id>’, methods=[‘GET’])def api_url_variable(id):return id

Endpoint :


Run the following command if we want to change the main file, otherwise we can use the default


Database Connection : MySQL

pip3 install Flask flask-mysql

Write the following code in your main file .py :

from flaskext.mysql import MySQLmysql = MySQL()# MySQL configurationsapp.config[‘MYSQL_DATABASE_USER’] = ‘your_user’app.config[‘MYSQL_DATABASE_PASSWORD’] = ‘your_password’app.config[‘MYSQL_DATABASE_DB’] = ‘your_database_name’app.config[‘MYSQL_DATABASE_HOST’] = ‘your_host’mysql.init_app(app)@app.route(‘/api/v1/database’)def api_database():  cur = mysql.connect().cursor()  cur.execute(‘’’select * from muslimbrader.doa’’’)  r = [dict((cur.description[i][0], value)  for i, value in enumerate(row)) for row in cur.fetchall()]  return jsonify({‘data’ : r})

Endpoint :

Response :


Flask depends on the Jinja template engine and the Werkzeug WSGI toolkit. Werkzeug is primarily a utility library for WSGI (rather than web server) although it provides a simple web server for development purposes. WSGI itself is a protocol or convention that ensures that our web application can speak with the webserver and more importantly that web applications work nicely together.

Werkzeug summary as follow :

  1. A comprehensive WSGI web application library
  2. Does not have any direct dependencies

Example of response header (I used curl command with -i argument for this) :

HTTP/1.0 200 OKContent-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8Content-Length: 5Server: Werkzeug/2.0.1 Python/3.8.5Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2021 00:32:45 GMT




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