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Registering URL Patterns

Finally, to make the view accessible to users, we need to register a URL for it. We do this in by defining a urlpatterns variable containing a list of paths.

from django.urls import path

from . import views

urlpatterns = [
    path('random/', views.RandomAnimalView.as_view(), name='random_animal'),

A URL pattern has three components:

  • route - The unique portion of the URL dedicated to this view
  • view - The view itself
  • name - A short name used to identify the URL path internally

This makes our view accessible at the URL /plugins/animal-sounds/random/. (Remember, our AnimalSoundsConfig class sets our app's base URL to animal-sounds.) Viewing this URL should show the base Nautobot template with our custom content inside it.


As a next step, you would typically want to add links from the Nautobot UI to this view, either from the navigation menu, the Nautobot home page, and/or the Installed Apps view.