How to optionally sign webhook events

Third party services (e.g. Stripe) optionally sign webhook events to verify it is them sending events. If the third party you use does not provide an SDK or official library for verifying signatures, you can manually verify the signature with this snippet.

from django.conf.urls import url
from django.views.decorators.csrf import csrf_exempt

from .views import WebhookView

urlpatterns = [
    url(r'^webhook$', csrf_exempt(WebhookView.as_view())),

import base64
import hashlib
import hmac

from django.conf import settings
from django.http import HttpResponse
from django.views import View

def verify(request):
    signature = str.encode(request.META['HTTP_WEBHOOK_SIGNATURE'])

    digest =

    expected_signature = base64.b64encode(digest)

    return hmac.compare_digest(signature, expected_signature)

class WebhookView(View):
    def dispatch(self, request, *args, **kwargs):
        if not verify(request):
            return HttpResponse(status=400)

        return super().dispatch(request, *args, **kwargs)

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