Creating Websauna addons

Websauna supports reusable addon packages which bring additional functionality to your application. The functionality may include

  • Additional forms and widgets

  • Additional functionality, like SMS messaging and two-factor authentication

  • Different user models and backends

Addons vs. applications

  • Addons live in websauna namespace. E.g. an addon package could be websauna.yourpackage.

  • Addon must be initialized by calling config.include(`websauna.youraddon`) Pyramid inclusion mechanism in the application initializer

  • Addons have their own Alembic migration table

  • Addons should never inherit models from websauna.system.model.meta.Base directly, but instead use websauna.system.model.meta.attach_model_to_base to allow the addon consumer to customize they SQLAlchemy structure

Creating addon

  • Use cookiecutter-websauna-addon command with websauna_addon scaffold.

  • Install addon to your virtualenv after creation: pip install -e .["test"]

Example addons


Addon initialization process

  • Websauna application initializer calls includeme() entry points very early in the application initialization process, right after pyramid.config.Configurator and logging have been set up

  • Addons can hook themselves to the part of initialization process using events. websauna.system.Initializer provides join points which can be hooked in with websauna.utils.autoevent.before() and websauna.utils.autoevent.after() decorators.

  • Addon sets up its addon initializer instance and bind it to application initializer using websauna.utils.autoevent.bind_events().

  • The application continues its initialization process

  • Every time application hits any of event source methods, the addon event hooks get called


from websauna.system import Initializer
from websauna.utils.autoevent import after
from websauna.utils.autoevent import bind_events

class AddonInitializer:

    def __init__(self, config:Configurator):
        self.config = config

    def configure_templates(self):
        """Include our package templates folder in Jinja 2 configuration."""
        self.config.add_jinja2_search_path('websauna.myaddon:templates', name='.html', prepend=False)  # HTML templates for

    def run(self):
        # Nothing here, advisors get called later
        bind_event(self.config.registry.initializer, self)

def includeme(config: Configurator):
    init = AddonInitializer(config)

Creating addon migrations

When you manipulate addon models and add new fields you need to create migrations specific to addon.

Easiest way to do this is to develop against addon development.ini and use addon specific development database.