The Application class
Application class in BlackSheep is responsible of handling the
application life cicle (start, working state, stop), routing, web requests,
exceptions. This page describes details of the
- How to handle errors.
- Application events and life cycle.
BlackSheep catches any unhandled exception that happens during the execution of
request handlers, producing a
HTTP 500 Internal Server Error response. To see
this in practice, start an application like the following:
from blacksheep.server import Application app = Application() get = app.router.get @get("/") def crash_test(): raise Exception("Crash test")
And observe how a request to its root produces a response with HTTP status 500, and the text "Internal server error".
Exception details are hidden to the client by default: it would be a security issue if the web application returned error details to the client. However, while developing and occasionally while investigating issues, it is useful to be able to obtain error details directly from the web requests that are failing. To enable error details, update the app declaration as follows:
app = Application(show_error_details=True)
Now the application returns the details of the exception with the full stack trace, serving a page like the following:
Consider using environmental variables to handle this kind of settings that can vary across environments. For example:
import os from blacksheep.server import Application app = Application(show_error_details=bool(os.environ.get("SHOW_ERROR_DETAILS", None))) get = app.router.get @get("/") def crash_test(): raise Exception("Crash test")
Note: BlackSheep project templates use a library to handle application settings and configuration roots, named
Configuring exceptions handlers
Application object has a
exception_handlers dictionary that
defines how errors should be handled. When an exception happens while handling
a web request and reaches the application, the application checks if there is a
matching handler for that kind of exception. An exception handler is defined as
a function with the following signature:
from blacksheep import Request, Response async def exception_handler(self, request: Request, exc: Exception) -> Response: pass
In the exception below
class CustomException(Exception): pass async def exception_handler(self, request, exc: CustomException): nonlocal app assert self is app assert isinstance(exc, CustomException) return Response(200, content=TextContent('Called')) # Register the exception handler for the CustomException type: app.exceptions_handlers[CustomException] = exception_handler @app.router.get(b'/') async def home(request): # of course, the exception can be risen at any point # for example in the business logic layer raise CustomException()
Exceptions inheriting from
HTTPException are mapped to handlers by their
status code, using
int keys; while user defined exceptions are mapped to
handlers by their type.
Configuring exception handlers using decorators
It is also possible to register exception handlers using decorators, instead
of interacting with
class CustomException(Exception): pass @app.exception_handler(CustomException) async def handler_example(self, request, exc: CustomException): ...
🚀 New in version 1.0.4
A BlackSheep application exposes three events: on_start, after_start, on_stop.
This event should be used to configure things such as new request handlers,
service registered in
This event should be used to configure things that must happen after request handlers are normalized. At this point, the application router contains information about actual routes handled by the web application, and routes can be inspected. For examples, the built-in generation of OpenAPI Documentation generates the API specification file at this point.
This event should be used to fire callbacks that need to happen when the application is stopped. For example, disposing of services that require disposal, such as DB Connection Pools, HTTP Connection Pools.
Application life cycle
Refer to the following diagram to know more about when application events are fired, and the state of the application when they are executed.
Application events example
from blacksheep.server import Application from blacksheep.server.responses import text, redirect from blacksheep.messages import Request, Response app = Application() get = app.router.get @get("/") async def home(request: Request) -> Response: return "Example Async" async def before_start(application: Application) -> None: print("Before start") async def after_start(application: Application) -> None: print("After start") async def on_stop(application: Application) -> None: print("On stop") app.on_start += before_start app.after_start += after_start app.on_stop += on_stop
Example: after_start callback to log all routes
To define an
after_start callback that logs all routes registered in the
async def after_start_print_routes(application: Application) -> None: print(application.router.routes) app.after_start += after_start_print_routes
Read about the details of routing in BlackSheep.