In terms of a REST-style architecture, the “api” is a collection of resources. In Tastypie, the Api gathers together the Resources & provides a nice way to use them as a set. It handles many of the URLconf details for you, provides a helpful “top-level” view to show what endpoints are available & some extra URL resolution juice.

Quick Start

A sample api definition might look something like (usually located in a URLconf):

from tastypie.api import Api
from myapp.api.resources import UserResource, EntryResource

v1_api = Api(api_name='v1')

# Standard bits...
urlpatterns = patterns('',
    (r'^api/', include(v1_api.urls)),

Api Methods

Implements a registry to tie together the various resources that make up an API.

Especially useful for navigation, HATEOAS and for providing multiple versions of your API.

Optionally supplying api_name allows you to name the API. Generally, this is done with version numbers (i.e. v1, v2, etc.) but can be named any string.


Api.register(self, resource, canonical=True):

Registers an instance of a Resource subclass with the API.

Optionally accept a canonical argument, which indicates that the resource being registered is the canonical variant. Defaults to True.


Api.unregister(self, resource_name):

If present, unregisters a resource from the API.


Api.canonical_resource_for(self, resource_name):

Returns the canonical resource for a given resource_name.



Deprecated. Will be removed by v1.0.0. Please use Api.prepend_urls instead.



A hook for adding your own URLs or matching before the default URLs. Useful for adding custom endpoints or overriding the built-in ones.

Should return a list of individual URLconf lines (NOT wrapped in patterns).




Provides URLconf details for the Api and all registered Resources beneath it.


Api.top_level(self, request, api_name=None):

A view that returns a serialized list of all resources registers to the Api. Useful for discovery.