[Fixed]-Creating UTF-8 JsonResponse in Django


As of Django 1.9 you can configure JSONResponse to disable the ensure_ascii switch, by passing in a value for the json_dumps_params argument:

return JsonResponse(response_data, safe=False, json_dumps_params={'ensure_ascii': False})

With ensure_ascii=False, json.dumps() outputs UTF-8 data for non-ASCII codepoints.

You could subclass JsonResponse to make it the default unless set differently:

from django.http.response import JsonResponse

class UTF8JsonResponse(JsonResponse):
    def __init__(self, *args, json_dumps_params=None, **kwargs):
        json_dumps_params = {"ensure_ascii": False, **(json_dumps_params or {})}
        super().__init__(*args, json_dumps_params=json_dumps_params, **kwargs)

then use that throughout instead of JsonResponse.

At the extreme end, you could monkey-patch the class to set ensure_ascii to False by default; put the following in a suitable module of your Django app (say, in a file named patches.py):

import logging
from functools import wraps
from django.http.response import JsonResponse

logger = logging.getLogger(__name__)

def patch_jsonresponse_disable_ensure_ascii():
    if getattr(JsonResponse, '_utf8_patched', False):
        # Already patched. Add warning in logs with stack to see what location
        # is trying to patch this a second time.
        logger.warning("JSONResponse UTF8 patch already applied", stack_info=True)

    logger.debug("Patching JSONResponse to disable ensure_ascii")
    orig_init = JsonResponse.__init__

    def utf8_init(self, *args, json_dumps_params=None, **kwargs):
        json_dumps_params = {"ensure_ascii": False, **(json_dumps_params or {})}
        orig_init(self, *args, json_dumps_params=json_dumps_params, **kwargs)

    JsonResponse.__init__ = utf8_init
    JsonResponse._utf8_patched = True  # to prevent accidental re-patching

then import patch_jsonresponse_disable_ensure_ascii into your Django settings file and call it based on your desired config:

from yourapp.patches import patch_jsonresponse_disable_ensure_ascii





Or if you tend to the utf-8 format, use instead of Django’s JsonResponse():

return HttpResponse(json.dumps(response_data, ensure_ascii=False),


return JsonResponse(json.dumps(response_data, ensure_ascii=False), safe=False)

more about the safe=False HERE


You don’t have to whatever alter.

Although Django creates JSON data in ASCII (from UTF-8), Javascript will automatically decode it back to UTF-8.


from django.core.serializers.json import DjangoJSONEncoder
from django.http import JsonResponse

class MyJsonResponse(JsonResponse):
    def __init__(self, data, encoder=DjangoJSONEncoder, safe=True, **kwargs):
        json_dumps_params = dict(ensure_ascii=False)
        super().__init__(data, encoder, safe, json_dumps_params, **kwargs)


I didn’t find any better way yet than to utilize an already installed REST Framework:

from rest_framework.decorators import api_view, permission_classes
from rest_framework.permissions import IsAuthenticatedOrReadOnly
from rest_framework.response import Response

from .models import INITIATOR_TYPES

@permission_classes((IsAuthenticatedOrReadOnly, ))
def initiator_types(request):
    data = {t[0]: str(t[1]) for t in INITIATOR_TYPES}
    return Response(data)

But I don’t really like it. It’s much more complicated than JsonResponse: https://stackoverflow.com/a/24411716/854477


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