Django Loose FK handles local or remote "ForeignKey" references.

ForeignKey, URL, reference, decentralization, integrity
pip install django-loose-fk==1.0.2


Django Loose FK

Version: 1.0.2
Keywords: ForeignKey, URL reference, decentralization, integrity

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Django Loose FK handles local or remote "ForeignKey" references.

In a decentralized API landscape various providers can offer the same type of data, while your own API also provides this. The django model field allows you to handle this transparently and present a unified, clean Python API.

1   Features

  • Always work with Django model instances
  • Automatically added check constraints
  • Pluggable interface to fetch remote objects
  • Automatically supports DRF Hyperlinked serializers and serializer fields

2   Installation

2.1   Requirements

  • Python 3.7 or above
  • setuptools 30.3.0 or above
  • Django 2.2 or newer

2.2   Install

pip install django-loose-fk


You must also make sure ALLOWED_HOSTS is a list of actual domains, and not a wildcard. When loose-fk gets a URL to load, it first looks up if the domain is a local domain and if so, will load the actual local database record.

3   Usage

At the core sits a (virtual) django model field.

from django_loose_fk.fields import FkOrURLField

class SomeModel(models.Model):
    name = models.CharField(max_length=100)

class OtherModel(models.Model):
    local = models.ForeignKey(SomeModel, on_delete=models.CASCADE, blank=True, null=True)
    remote = models.URLField(blank=True)
    relation = FkOrURLField(fk_field="local", url_field="remote")

You can now create objects with either local instances or URLs:

some_local = SomeModel.objects.get()


Accessing the attribute will always yield an instance:

>>> other = OtherModel.objects.get(id=1)  # local FK
>>> other.relation
<SomeModel (pk: 1)>

>>> other = OtherModel.objects.get(id=2)  # remote URL
>>> other.relation
<SomeModel (pk: None)>

In the case of a remote URL, the URL will be fetched and the JSON response used as init kwargs for a model instance. The .save() method is blocked for remote instances to prevent mistakes.

3.1   Loaders

Loaders are pluggable interfaces to load data. The default loader is django_loose_fk.loaders.RequestsLoader, which depends on the requests library to fetch the data.

You can specify a global default loader with the setting DEFAULT_LOOSE_FK_LOADER

DEFAULT_LOOSE_FK_LOADER = "django_loose_fk.loaders.RequestsLoader"

or override the loader on a per-field basis:

from django_loose_fk.loaders import RequestsLoader

class MyModel(models.Model):

    relation = FkOrURLField(