Integrate Spackle with Django

This guide will walk you through the process of integrating Spackle with a Django application. By the end of this guide, you will have a Django app that uses Spackle to manage entitlements, enabling you to gate features for users based on their subscriptions.

Prerequisites and Installation

Installing Django

If you haven't installed Django, you can do so using pip:

pip install Django

Create a Django Project and App

Run the following command to create a new Django project:

django-admin startproject myproject

And to create a new app within your project:

cd myproject
python startapp myapp

Install the Spackle Library

To install the Spackle library, run the following command:

pip install -U spackle-python

Extending Django's User Model

Firstly, install the Stripe Python library:

pip install stripe

Then create a new model that inherits from Django's AbstractUser and add a stripe_customer_id field to it.

# myapp/
from django.contrib.auth.models import AbstractUser
from django.db import models
import stripe

class User(AbstractUser):
    stripe_customer_id = models.CharField(max_length=50, null=True, blank=True)

    def save(self, *args, **kwargs):
        if not self.stripe_customer_id:
            stripe.api_key = "your_stripe_api_key_here"
            customer = stripe.Customer.create(
            self.stripe_customer_id =
        super().save(*args, **kwargs)

Then, update your Django settings to use this new User model:

# myproject/
AUTH_USER_MODEL = 'myapp.User'


Set API Key in Django Settings

Your Django file will contain your Spackle API key. Open myproject/ and add:

# myproject/
SPACKLE_API_KEY = '<api_key>'

Spackle Middleware Setup

Create a new file,, in your myapp directory and add the following code:

# myapp/
import spackle
from django.conf import settings

spackle.api_key = settings.SPACKLE_API_KEY

class SpackleMiddleware:
    def __init__(self, get_response):
        self.get_response = get_response

    def __call__(self, request):
        response = self.get_response(request)
        return response

    def process_view(self, request, view_func, view_args, view_kwargs):
        if request.user.is_authenticated:
            stripe_customer_id = request.user.stripe_customer_id
            request.spackle_customer = spackle.Customer.retrieve(stripe_customer_id)

Now, register this middleware by adding it to your Django settings:

# myproject/
    # ... existing middleware
    # ... existing middleware

Example View with Feature Gating

Here's how your view could look like:

# myapp/
from django.http import HttpResponse

def my_protected_view(request):
    if not request.spackle_customer.enabled("feature_key"):
        return HttpResponse('You do not have access to this feature.')

    return HttpResponse('Welcome to the protected feature!')

Rendering a Pricing Table via a Django View with Spackle

To render a dynamic pricing table from Spackle, use the following code. First, add a method to fetch the pricing table using Spackle's Python SDK.

# myapp/
import spackle
from django.shortcuts import render

def pricing_table_view(request):
    pricing_table = spackle.PricingTable.retrieve("abcde123")
    return render(request, 'pricing_table.html', {"pricing_table": pricing_table})

Next, add the URL configuration for this view. Update your as follows:

# myapp/
from django.urls import path
from . import views

urlpatterns = [
    path('pricing/', views.pricing_table_view, name='pricing_table'),
    # ... other url patterns

Now, update your HTML template to display the pricing table dynamically.

<!-- myapp/templates/pricing_table.html -->
      {% for interval in pricing_table.intervals %}
        <th>{{ interval }}</th>
      {% endfor %}
    {% for product in pricing_table.products %}
        <td>{{ }}</td>
        {% for interval in pricing_table.intervals %}
            {{ product.prices[interval].unit_amount }} {{ product.prices[interval].currency }}
        {% endfor %}
    {% endfor %}

This will display the pricing table as defined in your Spackle dashboard, including different intervals, and allows for dynamic updates without requiring changes to your codebase.


For testing, you can set up an in-memory store in your test case's setUp method.

# myapp/
import spackle
from django.test import RequestFactory

def setUp(self):
    spackle.get_store().set_customer_data("cus_00000000", {
        "features": [
            {"type": 0, "key": "feature_key", "value_flag": True},
        "subscriptions": [{"id": "sub_000000000", "status": "trialing", "quantity": 1}],
    self.factory = RequestFactory()

Optional: Configure Logging

If you wish to monitor Spackle's internal tasks, you can control its logging verbosity.

  1. Set the environment variable:
$ export SPACKLE_LOG=debug
  1. Or, set it programmatically:
# myproject/
import spackle
spackle.log = 'debug'

You now have a fully functional Django application that uses Spackle for feature gating and dynamically renders a pricing table fetched from Spackle. Adding this to your Django application allows you to better manage entitlements and pricing, thus enhancing Spackle's utility within your infrastructure.