If you haven’t heard of Bottle, it’s a lightweight web framework for Python. It is perfect if you have a small project that requires a web interface, but you don’t want to go all in with a complex framework like Django.

Since Bottle is so lightweight, it doesn’t always have all the features you need built-in. One thing that I was missing was access control. For instance, what if you want to limit access to an admin-page to a certain IP? Sure, if you’re running you’re app behind a full-fledge webserver like Nginx or Apache, you can use it to limit access, but that doesn’t work if you’re deploying to something like Heroku.

As it turns out, implementing a feature like this yourself isn’t really that hard. We’ll simply rely on the HTTP flags REMOTE_ADDR and HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR. Just checking for REMOTE_ADDR won’t work on Heroku.

First, start by creating a function that checks for this:

def adminAccess():
    remoteaddr = request.environ.get('REMOTE_ADDR')
    forwarded = request.environ.get('HTTP\_X\_FORWARDED_FOR')

    if (remoteaddr in accessList) or (forwarded in accessList):
        return True
        return False

Next, create a list of IPs that have access to the admin pages:

accessList = [""]

Now, all you need to do is to add a check for this on each page you want to restrict access. For instance here’s a pointless admin-page that checks for your IP:

def admin_page():
    if adminAccess():
        return "Access denied"

    return "Yay! It worked!"

That’s it. Pretty straight forward.