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Django RESTQL is a python library which allows you to turn your API made with Django REST Framework(DRF) into a GraphQL like API. With Django RESTQL you will be able to

  • Send a query to your API and get exactly what you need, nothing more and nothing less.

  • Control the data you get, not the server.

  • Get predictable results, since you control what you get from the server.

  • Get nested resources in a single request.

  • Avoid Over-fetching and Under-fetching of data.

  • Write(create & update) nested data of any level in a single request.

Isn't it cool?.


  • Python >= 3.5
  • Django >= 1.11
  • Django REST Framework >= 3.5


pip install django-restql

Getting Started

Using Django RESTQL to query data is very simple, you just have to inherit the DynamicFieldsMixin class when defining a serializer that's all.

from rest_framework import serializers
from django.contrib.auth.models import User
from django_restql.mixins import DynamicFieldsMixin

class UserSerializer(DynamicFieldsMixin, serializer.ModelSerializer):
    class Meta:
        model = User
        fields = ['id', 'username', 'email']

Django RESTQL handle all requests with a query parameter, this parameter is the one used to pass all fields to be included/excluded in a response. For example to select id and username fields from User model, send a request with a query parameter as shown below.

GET /users/?query={id, username}

        "id": 1,
        "username": "yezyilomo"

Django RESTQL support querying both flat and nested resources, you can expand or query nested fields at any level as defined on a serializer. It also supports querying with all HTTP methods i.e (GET, POST, PUT & PATCH)

You can do a lot with Django RESTQL apart from querying data, like

  • Rename fields
  • Restrict some fields on nested fields
  • Define self referencing nested fields
  • Optimize data fetching on nested fields
  • Data filtering and pagination by using query arguments
  • Data mutation(Create and update nested data of any level in a single request)

Django RESTQL Play Ground

Django RESTQL Play Ground is a graphical, interactive, in-browser tool which you can use to test Django RESTQL features like data querying, mutations etc to get the idea of how the library works before installing it. It's more like a live demo for Django RESTQL, it's available at