Saturday, January 31, 2015

Re: Restrict downloading files in Django?

On Sat, Jan 31, 2015 at 11:52 AM, Robert Rössler <> wrote:
> what is the best way to restrict downloading files only to authorized users?

it's not hard to do if you manage the file downloading with a view.

of course, file serving within Django is very inefficient, your
webserver (Apache, nginx, etc.) is far more efficient at this.

so, the solution is to write a view that looks like it's serving the
file (after checking for authorization), but instead of actually
serving, delegates the job to the webserver. check X-Accel-Redirect
(nginx) or X-Sendfile (apache)


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