REST Framework XML

XML support for Django REST Framework


XML support extracted as a third party package directly from the official Django REST Framework implementation. It requires the defusedxml package only because it safeguards against some security issues that were discovered.

Note: XML output provided is an ad-hoc format that isn't formally described. If you have specific XML requirements you'll need to write your own XML parsers/renderers in order to fully control the representation.


This project is tested on the combinations of Python and Django that are supported by each version of Django REST Framework.


Install using pip...

$ pip install djangorestframework-xml



You can also set the renderer and parser used for an individual view, or viewset, using the APIView class based views.

from rest_framework import routers, serializers, viewsets
from rest_framework_xml.parsers import XMLParser
from rest_framework_xml.renderers import XMLRenderer

class UserSerializer(serializers.HyperlinkedModelSerializer):
    class Meta:
        model = User
        fields = ('url', 'username', 'email', 'is_staff')

class UserViewSet(viewsets.ModelViewSet):
    queryset = User.objects.all()
    serializer_class = UserSerializer
    parser_classes = (XMLParser,)
    renderer_classes = (XMLRenderer,)

Sample output

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>


Install testing requirements.

$ pip install -r requirements.txt
$ pip install -r requirements-test.txt

Run with runtests.

$ ./

You can also use the excellent tox testing tool to run the tests against all supported versions of Python and Django. Install tox globally, and then simply run:

$ tox


To build the documentation, you'll need to install mkdocs.

$ pip install mkdocs

To preview the documentation:

$ mkdocs serve
Running at:

To build the documentation:

$ mkdocs build