Application Dispatcher

This middleware creates a single WSGI application that dispatches to multiple other WSGI applications mounted at different URL paths.

A common example is writing a Single Page Application, where you have a backend API and a frontend written in JavaScript that does the routing in the browser rather than requesting different pages from the server. The frontend is a single HTML and JS file that should be served for any path besides “/api”.

This example dispatches to an API app under “/api”, an admin app under “/admin”, and an app that serves frontend files for all other requests:

app = DispatcherMiddleware(serve_frontend, {
    '/api': api_app,
    '/admin': admin_app,

In production, you might instead handle this at the HTTP server level, serving files or proxying to application servers based on location. The API and admin apps would each be deployed with a separate WSGI server, and the static files would be served directly by the HTTP server.

class werkzeug.middleware.dispatcher.DispatcherMiddleware(app, mounts=None)

Combine multiple applications as a single WSGI application. Requests are dispatched to an application based on the path it is mounted under.

  • app (WSGIApplication) – The WSGI application to dispatch to if the request doesn’t match a mounted path.

  • mounts (Optional[Dict[str, WSGIApplication]]) – Maps path prefixes to applications for dispatching.

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