datasette-events-forward by datasette

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Forward Datasette events to another instance


Install this plugin in the same environment as Datasette.

datasette install datasette-events-forward


Configure the plugin like so:

    "plugins": {
        "datasette-events-forward": {
            "api_token": "***",
            "api_url": "",
            "instance": "localhost"

The plugin will then gather all events and forward them to the specified instance, adding them to a table called datasette_events which will be created if it does not exist.

The instance key can be used to differentiate different instances that report to the same backend. Events are identified with a ULID to ensure they are unique even across different instances.

Events are forwarded in batches of up to 10, no more than once every 10 seconds.

Full list of configuration settings:

  • api_url: The write API URL of a Datasette instance to forward the events to.
  • api_token: The API token to use when sending events. Use {"$env": "FORWARD_TOKEN"} to read the token from the FORWARD_TOKEN environment variable.
  • instance: A string to identify the instance that is sending the events.

The api_url can be either a endpoint for inserting rows, or a endpoint for creating a table and inserting rows into it. If the table does not yet exist you should use the /-/create variant, otherwise use the /-/insert variant.

If you use /-/insert your API token just needs insert-row permissions. For /-/create you will need create-table permissions as well.

And to control the rate at which batches of events are sent to the Datasette write API:

  • batch_limit: The number of events to send in each batch, defaults to 10. The Datasette write API has a 100 row limit by default so this should be set to a value less than that.
  • max_rate: The maximum number of deliver HTTP requests to send in the specified time period, defaults to 1.
  • time_period: The time period for the rate limiting in seconds, defaults to 10.


To set up this plugin locally, first checkout the code. Then create a new virtual environment:

cd datasette-events-forward
python3 -m venv venv
source venv/bin/activate

Now install the dependencies and test dependencies:

pip install -e '.[test]'

To run the tests: