24. kay.ext package


This feature is still an experimental. The implementation might change in the future.

Let me introduce you some of useful packages from kay.ext package.

24.1. kay.ext.appstats

kay.ext.appstats is a package that includes utilities to allow you to use appstats easily.

For more information about appstats, please see the Appstats for Python page in the Google Appengine SDK Documentation.

class kay.ext.appstats.middleware.AppStatsMiddleware

The appstats packages includes the AppStatsMiddleware class which will enable appstats for your application. Simply add kay.ext.appstats.middleware.AppStatsMiddleware to your settings.MIDDLEWARE_CLASSES to enable the middleware.

    # ...
    # ...

You will also need to enable the appstats admin interface in your app.yaml as explained in the SDK documentation.

- appstats: on

If using the kay.ext.live_settings application, the AppStatsMiddleware can be disabled without redeploying your application. You can set the setting kay.ext.appstats.middleware to off to disable the middleware and set it to on to enable it.

24.2. kay.ext.ereporter

kay.ext.ereporter adds functionality for storing and viewing error reports generated by the application. The ereporter extension supports storing errors, viewing errors and error frequency in the appengine admin console, and daily reports mailed to admins.

24.2.1. Installation

To install the kay.ext.ereporter application simply add ‘kay.ext.ereporter’ to your settings.INSTALLED_APPS setting in settings.py.

    # ...
    # ...

Once ereporter is installed, kay will not mail admins for each error that occurs in your application. Instead, it will record errors in the datastore to be viewed later by admins. For large sites that may generate many errors, this can really help lighten the burden on your email inbox.

24.2.2. Daily Reports

In order to enable daily error reports, you will need to add the ereporter urls to your settings.APP_MOUNT_POINTS setting in settings.pyand add the url to your cron.yaml file. You will need to set the sender to the email of a developer assigned to your application in the appengine admin console. The following is an example daily report setup:


  'kay.ext.ereporter': '/_kay/ereporter/',


- description: Daily exception report
  url: /_kay/ereporter/?sender=system@example.com
  schedule: every day 00:00

The cron job supports several url parameters which can be added to the cron job url.

  1. sender

This is the the email address that the daily report is send from. The email address must be registered as a developer of your application.

  1. to

This specifies the mail address to send the daily report. By default, if the to parameter is not specified the report is sent to all developers registered with the application.

  1. date

The date parameter specifies the date the report should be generated for. This is usually not specified and defaults to yesterday, but can be specified to generate one off reports for a specific date. The date must be specified in YYYY-MM-YY format.

  1. versions

When deploying an updated version of an application, appengine creates a new minor version of the application. versions can be specified to generate reports for all uploaded minor versions of the of the application or just the latest uploaded version. The versions parameter accepts the values ‘all’ or ‘latest’. Specifying ‘all’ will generate a report including all versions, ‘latest’ will only include the current uploaded version of the application.

24.2.3. The Custom Admin Page


The custom admin page shows application errors in a simple interface that can be viewed in the appengine admin console. You can enable the ereporter admin page by adding the ereporter to your settings.APP_MOUNT_POINTS and enabling the admin page in your app.yaml.


  'kay.ext.ereporter': '/_kay/ereporter/',


  - name: Error Reporter Admin
    url: /_kay/ereporter/admin

24.3. kay.ext.nuke

nuke is a small tool for wipe all of your data in one action.

To use kay.ext.nuke, firstly you need to retrieve bulkupdate copy from github repository, put it under your project directory, add kay.ext.nuke to your settings.INSTALLED_APPS variable, and add these few lines to your app.yaml file.

  - name: Bulk Update Jobs
    url: /_ah/bulkupdate/admin/
  - name: Nuke
    url: /_ah/nuke/

- url: /_ah/nuke/.*
  script: kay/main.py
  login: admin

- url: /_ah/bulkupdate/admin/.*
  script: bulkupdate/handler.py
  login: admin

Then you will see Nuke menu on your admin console, or you can just visit /_ah/nuke directly.

24.4. kay.ext.gaema

kay.ext.gaema is a package for supporting authentication using some social services. Currently following services are supported.

  • google OpenID
  • google OpenID/OAuth Hybrid
  • Twitter OAuth
  • Facebook Connect
  • Yahoo OpenID

kay.ext.gaema.services module has constants for these service names:


All of following functions have service as its first argument, a value of service must be one of service names above.

To use twitter or facebook, you need to register your application on the service’s website, and set your keys to settings.GAEMA_SECRETS dictionary.

kay.ext.gaema.utils package has following functions.

kay.ext.gaema.utils.create_gaema_login_url(service, nexturl)
A function for creating login_url for a particular social service. User will be redirected to the url specified by nexturl argument after successfully logged in.
kay.ext.gaema.utils.create_gaema_logout_url(service, nexturl)
A function for creating logout_url for a particular social service. User will be redirected to the url specified by nexturl argument after successfully logged out.
A function for retrieving current user’s information as a dictionary. If the user is not signed in with a social service, it returns None.

kay.ext.gaema.decorators package has following decorators.

A decorator for restricting access to a view only to users who is signed in with particular social service. You can pass any number of service.

Here is a simple example that shows how to authenticate users with twitter OAuth. Firstly, you need to register your application on Twitter’s website, and set a key and secret from twitter to settings.GAEMA_SECRETS as well as settings.INSTALLED_APPS, and activate kay.sessions.middleware.SessionMiddleware as follows:


  "twitter_consumer_key": "hogehogehogehogehogehoge",
  "twitter_consumer_secret": "fugafugafugafugafugafugafugafuga",


Here is an example for views:

# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
# myapp.views

import logging

from werkzeug import Response
from kay.ext.gaema.utils import (
  create_gaema_login_url, create_gaema_logout_url, get_gaema_user
from kay.ext.gaema.decorators import gaema_login_required
from kay.ext.gaema.services import TWITTER
from kay.utils import (
  render_to_response, url_for

# Create your views here.

def index(request):
  gaema_login_url = create_gaema_login_url(TWITTER,
  return render_to_response('myapp/index.html',
                            {'message': 'Hello',
                             'gaema_login_url': gaema_login_url})

def secret(request):
  user = get_gaema_user(TWITTER)
  gaema_logout_url = create_gaema_logout_url(TWITTER,
  return render_to_response('myapp/secret.html',
                            {'user': user,
                             'gaema_logout_url': gaema_logout_url})

24.5. kay.ext.live_settings

Many applications have global settings which may need to be tweaked or modified for performance and/or business reasons. However, modifying the settings.py file requires developers to redeploy their application which can cause latency spikes and other problems for high volume sites.

Live settings is a way for developers to create global application settings that can be changed without redeploying the application. This can allow for certain things like turning on and off appstats or other middleware without redeploying an application.

24.5.1. Installation

The Live Settings extension is installed by adding kay.ext.live_settings to your settings.INSTALLED_APPS.

    # ...
    # ...

24.5.2. Usage

Live settings are string key to string value key-value pairs. These key-value pairs are stored stored persistenly in the datastore and cached in instance memory and in memcached. However, because of this caching, settings values may take some time to propagate to all of your application instances. Values in instance memory time out every minute by default. Values in memcached are set when settings are modified, and never expire (Though memcached keys can be deleted due to lack of memory). This creates a tiered caching approach which allows applications to retrieve settings values as quickly as possible while still allowing them to be modified.

Getting and setting a setting key is easy:

from kay.ext.live_settings import live_settings

value = live_settings.get("my.settings.key", "default_value")

live_settings.set("my.settings.key", "new-value")

Settings can also be retrieved and set in bulk:

# Get settings in batch
value = live_settings.get_multi(["my.settings.key", "my.other.setting"])

my_setting = value["my.settings.key"]
other_setting = value["my.other.setting"]

# Set settings in batch
    "my.settings.key": "new_value",
    "my.other.setting": "other_value",

Because the live settings feature extension relies on memcache and the datastore live settings can be saved in seperate namespaces. By default live settings are stored in the default namespace regardless of the current set namespace. However, the namespace can be specified for each operation.

from kay.ext.live_settings import live_settings

value = live_settings.get("my.settings.key", "default_value", namespace="mynamespace")

live_settings.set("my.settings.key", "new-value", namespace="mynamespace")

24.5.3. The Custom Admin Page

Modifications to keys can be done via the Live Settings custom admin page as well. It may take a few minutes for settings to propagate to all application instances.


The custom admin page is enabled by adding kay.ext.live_settings to your settings.APP_MOUNT_POINTS and adding the custom admin page to the admin_console section of your app.yaml.


    # ...
    'kay.ext.live_settings': '/_kay/live_settings/',
    # ...


  - name: Live Settings Admin
    url: /_kay/live_settings/admin