Creating a REST API Documentation with Django


Documentation is a crucial part of building and using a REST API. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore how to create clear and effective REST API documentation using Django. Proper documentation helps developers understand your API, its endpoints, and how to use it. You'll learn how to generate and structure API documentation, making it easier for developers to work with your API.


Before you begin, make sure you have the following prerequisites in place:

  • Django Project: You should have an existing Django project with a REST API.
  • Python Knowledge: Basic knowledge of Python programming is essential.
  • API Knowledge: Familiarity with RESTful API concepts and Django REST framework is recommended.

Step 1: Choosing Documentation Tools

The first step is to choose the tools and libraries you'll use for creating API documentation. Popular choices include Swagger, ReDoc, and custom templates.

Sample Choice

Let's choose Swagger for our API documentation. You can install it using the `drf-yasg` package:

# Install drf-yasg
pip install drf-yasg

Step 2: Configuring API Documentation

Next, you need to configure your Django project to include API documentation. You'll typically configure it in your project's ``.

Sample Configuration

Configure API documentation for your Django project using `drf-yasg`:

from django.contrib import admin
from django.urls import path, re_path, include
from rest_framework import permissions
from drf_yasg.views import get_schema_view
from drf_yasg import openapi
schema_view = get_schema_view(
title="Your API",
description="Your API description",
license=openapi.License(name="Your License"),
urlpatterns = [
path('api/', include('your_api_app.urls')),
re_path(r'^swagger(?P<format>\.json|\.yaml)$', schema_view.without_ui(cache_timeout=0), name='schema-json'),
path('swagger/', schema_view.with_ui('swagger', cache_timeout=0), name='schema-swagger-ui'),
path('redoc/', schema_view.with_ui('redoc', cache_timeout=0), name='schema-redoc'),


Proper API documentation is essential for developer-friendly APIs. This guide has introduced you to the basics of creating REST API documentation with Django, but there's much more to explore as you fine-tune your documentation, add examples, and provide comprehensive details for API consumers.