Understanding Django Middleware


Middleware in Django is a powerful feature that allows you to process requests and responses globally before they reach your views or after they leave your views. In this guide, we'll explore the concept of Django middleware and how to use it effectively, complete with sample code.


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

  • Django: You should have Django installed. If not, use
    pip install django
    to install it.
  • Django Project: You should have a Django project set up. If not, refer to the guide on creating your first Django project.

Step 1: Understanding Middleware

Middleware is a series of hooks that Django applies to each request and response. It sits between the web server and your views. Middleware can perform various tasks such as authentication, security, and modifying request or response data.

Step 2: Creating Custom Middleware

You can create custom middleware by defining a Python class. Each middleware class should implement one or more of the following methods, depending on when you want the middleware to execute:

  • __init__(self):
    Constructor for the middleware class.
  • __call__(self, request):
    Process the request.
  • __call__(self, request, response):
    Process the response.

Sample Code

Here's an example of a custom middleware class that adds a custom header to the response:

class CustomMiddleware:
def __init__(self, get_response):
self.get_response = get_response
def __call__(self, request):
response = self.get_response(request)
response['X-Custom-Header'] = 'Hello from Custom Middleware'
return response

Step 3: Configuring Middleware

To use your custom middleware, you need to add it to the list of middleware classes in your project's settings.

Sample Code

Add your middleware class to the

setting in your project's

# ...
# ...

Step 4: Middleware Execution Order

Middleware classes are executed in the order they are defined in the

setting. The order is important because one middleware's output can affect the input of another middleware.


Understanding and using Django middleware is essential for various tasks in web development. By following these steps and exploring the available middleware classes in Django, you can enhance the functionality and security of your Django project.