A simple Django app to comunicate with postoffice

pip install postoffice-django==0.12.1


Post office django client

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What is postoffice django

postoffice_django is a django app to communicate with postoffice.


  • Set up server via django commands:
    • Create necessary topics in postoffice with configure_postoffice_publishers to be able to publish a message
    • Create necessary publishers in postoffice with configure_postoffice_topics to be able to consume messages
  • Easily send messages to postoffice server

How to install it


To be able to run the application, you must have

  • django
  • requests

Obviously, you need a django project up and running

Installing postoffice_django

At the moment there are two ways to install the app:

$ pip install postoffice-django

or add


to your requirements file

Add it to your Django installed apps:


Then, you need to set the required settings for your app:

    'URL': 'http://fake.service',
    'CONSUMERS': [{
            'topic': 'some_topic',
            'target': '',
            'type': 'http',
            'from_now': True
            'topic': 'another_topic',
            'target': '',
            'type': 'pubsub',
            'from_now': False
    'TIMEOUT': 0.3,
    'BULK_TIMEOUT': 5,
    'ORIGIN_HOST': '',
    'TOPICS': ['topic_to_create', 'another_topic_to_create'],
  • URL: Is the url where the Postoffice server is hosted.

  • CONSUMERS: Are the consumers which must been configured as publishers in Postoffice server. With that, we create the necessary topics and publishers on Postoffice.

    • topic: Topic name to the consumer

    • target: Url or pub/sub topic name

    • type: http/pubsub

    • timeout: Seconds Postoffice should wait before cancelling the request. [Optional]

  • TIMEOUT: Specific timeout to use in every communication with Postoffice. If not specified, the default value is 0.5 seconds.

  • BULK_TIMEOUT: Specific timeout to use when sending bulk messages to Postoffice. If not specified, the default value is 5 seconds.

  • ORIGIN_HOST: The host from where the topic is created (your host). It is necessary in order to postoffice know where the topic come from.

  • TOPICS: Topics to be created in order to send messages to postoffice

  • RECOVERY_ENABLED: Enables the recovery of failed messages on all new topics. If not specified, the default value is false.

Finally add postoffice path in your django urls file:

urlpatterns = [
    path('health/', include('')),
    path('postoffice/', include('postoffice_django.urls'))

How to setup Postoffice via django commands

Now we are ready to start sending messages to postoffice. But first, we must generate topics and/or publishers in postoffice depending on the purpose of the project with postoffice.

If we need to create the topics to be able to publish, we should execute:

$ ./ configure_postoffice_topics

and, if we need to create the publishers, we should execute:

$ ./ configure_postoffice_publishers

Sending messages to postoffice

We have three publishers in the publishing module

Publishing a single message

from postoffice_django.publishing import publish

publish(topic: str, message: dict, **attributes: dict) -> None
  • topic: Topic name. This topic must exist on postoffice to manage the message.

  • payload: Message to be sent. This must be a dict.

  • attributes: Additional attr. All attributes are cast to string when publishing a message.

Scheduling messages to be published in the future

In cases where you want to publish a message to PostOffice now, but would like to receive it in the future, you can schedule the message

from postoffice_django.publishing import scheduled_publish

scheduled_publish(topic: str, message: dict, schedule_in: int, **attributes: dict) -> None

The only difference with the publish method, is that it receives a new param:

  • schedule_in: The amount of minutes in the future when you want to receive the message.

Disclaimer: If the message cannot be published to PostOffice and is inserted as a PublishingError, it will not be scheduled as of right now. Please take this into consideration.

Publishing messages in batches

In case we want to send multiple messages to the same topic, the best way is sending them in batches.

from postoffice_django.publishing import bulk_publish

def bulk_publish(topic: str, payload: list, **attrs: dict) -> None:
  • topic: Topic name. This topic must exist on postoffice to manage the message.

  • payload: Message's payloads to be sent. This must be a list.

  • attributes: Additional attr. All attributes are cast to string when publishing a message.

An example:

bulk_publish('test-topic', [{'message1': 'key1'}, {'message2': 'key2'}], {'additional_key': 1})

This will be handled on Postoffices and we'll actually receive two messages for the same topic

  • test_topic, {'message1': 'key1'}, {'additional_key', 1}}
  • test_topic, {'message2': 'key2'}, {'additional_key', 1}}

How to contribute


  1. make install-test-requirements
  2. make env-start
  3. Write a test.
  4. make test
  5. Implement up to the test are green.
  6. Repeat.


  1. make deploy VERSION=1.0.0