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What is a good Python framework for building a RESTful API?

What is a good Python framework for building a RESTful API?


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KFSys
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May 25, 2023

Heya,

There are several great Python frameworks that can help you build a RESTful API. Here are a few of the most popular ones:

  1. Django Rest Framework (DRF): It’s a powerful and flexible toolkit for building Web APIs, with built-in functionalities for serialization, authentication, view sets, routers, and testing. While Django on its own is not designed for making APIs, DRF integrates seamlessly with Django’s ORM and model system.

  2. Flask-RESTful: Flask-RESTful is an extension for Flask that adds support for quickly building REST APIs. Flask-RESTful encourages best practices with minimal setup. It has a simpler, more lightweight design than Django and it’s easy to learn and use, but still robust enough to create complex APIs.

  3. FastAPI: FastAPI is a modern, fast (high-performance), web framework for building APIs with Python 3.6+ based on standard Python type hints. It has built-in support for data validation, authentication, async, and OpenAPI and JSON Schema documentation.

  4. Falcon: Falcon is a minimalist WSGI library for building speedy web APIs and app backends. Falcon emphasizes following HTTP and REST conventions, so it’s a great choice for RESTful API development.

  5. Tornado: Tornado is a Python web framework and asynchronous networking library, which is particularly useful for long-polling, WebSockets, and other applications that require a long-lived connection to each user.

Each of these frameworks has its strengths and is suited to different kinds of projects. The choice between them depends on your specific needs and your familiarity with the framework.

Bobby Iliev
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January 3, 2022

Hi there,

I believe that Flask is a good choice. It is a lightweight WSGI framework and it is designed to make getting started quick and easy, with the ability to scale up to complex applications.

GitHub Project:

https://github.com/pallets/flask

Also here is a link to a quick tutorial on how to get started with Flask:

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-make-a-web-application-using-flask-in-python-3

Hope that this helps. Best, Bobby

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