The Quixote Web Framework

Last Modified: 2017-10-24


Quixote is a framework for writing Web-based applications using Python. Its goals are flexibility and high-performance, in that order. The two major versions of Quixote, version 1 and version 2, are simliar but incompatible with each other. Both are actively maintained and are used by numerous public sites.

There is a small demo as part of the Quixote distribution. It provides a basic example of a Quixote application and could also serve as a template for new applications.

Quixote is an open-source project and users are encouraged to join the mailing list



The latest development version of the documentation is available for online browsing. An introductory guide to version 2.x called the Quixote Cookbook is also available.


While Quixote is actively maintained, the frequency of releases is low. Existing Quixote users seem happy with the features Quixote provides, generally it just gets out of your way and lets you write application code. In fact, a number of users have not bothered to make the switch from version 1.x to version 2.x.

The focus of recent development has been to fix bugs, improve standards compliance, and to increase Quixote's flexibility (as long as that does not require major incompatible changes). A version of compatible with Python 3.x is in the works. The git repository is available via github. Developer discussion occurs on the quixote-users mailing list.

Sites using Quixote

We maintain a list of Quixote users. Quixote has the reliability and speed to handle high-profile sites.

Send comments to webmaster at quixote.ca.