DRF Generators

Writing APIs can be boring and repetitive work. Don’t write another CRUDdy view in Django Rest Framework. With DRF Generators, one simple command will generate all of your Views, Serializers, and even Urls for your Django Rest Framework application!

For a full step-by-step tutorial, check out my blog post!

This is not intended to give you a production quality API. It was intended to jumpstart your development and save you from writing the same code over and over for each model.

Supported Python versions Latest Version License Travis CI Django 1.11, 2.2, 3.0 DRF 3.11


Install with pip:

$ pip install drf-generators

or Clone the repo and install manually:

$ git clone https://github.com/brobin/drf-generators.git
$ cd drf-generators
$ python setup.py install

To use DRF Generators, add it your INSTALLED_APPS.


Note: In order to use the APIView classes, you must have the rest framework DEFAULT_PAGINATION_CLASS and PAGE_SIZE set.

    'DEFAULT_PAGINATION_CLASS': 'rest_framework.pagination.PageNumberPagination',
    'PAGE_SIZE': 15


To use the generators, run the following command, where app is the application to generate an API for.

$ python manage.py generate {app} {options}
Option Action
--serializers Generate only Serializers for your app.
--views Generate only Views for your app.
--urls Generate only urls for your app.
--force Overwrite existing files without the warning prompt.
-f, --format Format to use when generating views and urls. Valid options: viewset, apiview, function, modelviewset. Default: viewset.
-d, --depth Serialization depth for related models. Default: 0

Example: Generate everything for the app api with function style views, overwriting existing files, with a serialization depth of 2.

$ python manage.py generate api --format function --force --depth=2


Drf Generators will create serializers.py for your application. It currently uses rest framework’s ModelSerializer for serialization of the models defined in models.py.

class ModelSerializer(serializers.ModelSerializer):

    class Meta:
        model = User


DRF Generators will create views.py for your application. It can generate ViewSet, APIView and function based views. Set the --format option when running the generator to pick the preferred style


python manage.py generate api --format viewset

class ModelViewSet(ViewSet):

    def list(self, request):
    def create(self, request):
    def retrieve(self, request, pk=None):
    def update(self, request, pk=None):
    def destroy(self, request, pk=None):


python manage.py generate api --format apiview

class ModelAPIView(APIView):

    def get(self, request, id, format=None):
    def put(self, request, id, format=None):
    def delete(self, request, id, format=None):

class ModelAPIListView(APIView):

    def get(self, request, format=None):
    def post(self, request, format=None):


python manage.py generate api --format function

@api_view(['GET', 'POST'])
def model_list(request):
    if request.method == 'GET':
    elif request.method == 'POST':

@api_view(['GET', 'PUT', 'DELETE'])
def model_detail(request, pk):
    if request.method == 'GET':
    elif request.method == 'PUT':
    elif request.method == 'DELETE':


python manage.py generate api --format modelviewset

class MyModelViewSet(ModelViewSet):
    queryset = MyModel.objects.all()
    serializer_class = MyModelSerializer


Finally, DRF Generator will create you a default urls.py to match the View format you are using.

ViewSet & ModeViewSet Routes

router = SimpleRouter()

router.register(r'model', views.ModelViewSet, 'Model')

urlpatterns = router.urls

APIView urls

url(r'^model/([0-9]+)$', views.ModelAPIView.as_view()),
url(r'^model', views.ModelAPIListView.as_view()),

Function urls

<div class="highlight highlight-source-python position-relative" data-snippet-clipboard-copy-content="urlpatterns = [

url(r'^model/(?P[0-9]+)$’, views.model_detail),
url(r’^model/$’, views.model_list),


urlpatterns = format_suffix_patterns(urlpatterns)

urlpatterns = [

   , views.model_detail),
    url(r'^model/$', views.model_list),


urlpatterns = format_suffix_patterns(urlpatterns)