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Tutorial Add a python plugin bundle to your Gateway

API settings

To add a Python plugin to your API, you must specify the bundle name using the custom_middleware_bundle field:

  "name": "Tyk Test API",
  "api_id": "1",
  "org_id": "default",
  "definition": {
    "location": "header",
    "key": "version"
  "auth": {
      "auth_header_name": "authorization"
  "use_keyless": true,
  "version_data": {
    "not_versioned": true,
    "versions": {
      "Default": {
        "name": "Default",
        "expires": "3000-01-02 15:04",
        "use_extended_paths": true,
        "extended_paths": {
          "ignored": [],
          "white_list": [],
          "black_list": []
  "proxy": {
    "listen_path": "/quickstart/",
    "target_url": "http://httpbin.org",
    "strip_listen_path": true
  "custom_middleware_bundle": "test-bundle"

Global settings

To enable Python plugins you need to add the following block to tyk.conf:

"coprocess_options": {
  "enable_coprocess": true,
  "python_path_prefix": "/opt/tyk-gateway"
"enable_bundle_downloader": true,
"bundle_base_url": "http://dummy-bundle-server.com/bundles/",
"public_key_path": "/path/to/my/pubkey",

enable_coprocess: enables the rich plugins feature.

python_path_prefix: Sets the path to built-in Tyk modules, this will be part of the Python module lookup path. The value used here is the default one for most installations.

enable_bundle_downloader: enables the bundle downloader.

bundle_base_url: is a base URL that will be used to download the bundle, in this example we have test-bundle specified in the API settings, Tyk will fetch the URL for your specified bundle server (in the above example): dummy-bundle-server.com/bundles/test-bundle. You need to create and then specify your own bundle server URL.

public_key_path: sets a public key, this is used for verifying signed bundles, you may omit this if unsigned bundles are used.

Running the Tyk Python Gateway build

To use Tyk with Python support you will need to use an alternative binary, it is provided in the standard Tyk package but it has a different service name.

Firstly stop the standard Tyk version:

service tyk-gateway stop

and then start the Python build:

service tyk-gateway-python start

To restart Tyk use:

service tyk-gateway-python restart