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Generic HTTP headers decorator

Posted by Edward Stone on 2012-09-28 @ 13:14 and filed in Decorators

If you need to add response header(s) to a view, this add_response_headers decorator does that - pass it a dict of header names and values.

You can wrap the decorator to make convenience decorators for headers you need to add often, as shown by the no index decorator, which adds X-Robots-Tag: noindex to the response.

from functools import wraps

from flask import Flask, make_response

app = Flask(__name__)

def add_response_headers(headers={}):
    """This decorator adds the headers passed in to the response"""
    def decorator(f):
        def decorated_function(*args, **kwargs):
            resp = make_response(f(*args, **kwargs))
            h = resp.headers
            for header, value in headers.items():
                h[header] = value
            return resp
        return decorated_function
    return decorator

def noindex(f):
    """This decorator passes X-Robots-Tag: noindex"""
    @add_response_headers({'X-Robots-Tag': 'noindex'})
    def decorated_function(*args, **kwargs):
        return f(*args, **kwargs)
    return decorated_function

def not_indexed():
    This page will be served with X-Robots-Tag: noindex
    in the response headers
    return "Check my headers!"

if __name__ == "__main__":

# check the headers with: curl -I

This snippet by Edward Stone can be used freely for anything you like. Consider it public domain.