A Python module to use the Tesla Motors Owner API





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A Python implementation based on unofficial documentation of the client side interface to the Tesla Motors Owner API, which provides functionality to monitor and control Tesla products remotely.


This module depends on Python requests, requests_oauthlib and websocket-client. The Tesla class extends requests.Session and therefore inherits methods like get() and post() that can be used to perform API calls. All calls to the Owner API are intercepted by the request() method to add the JSON Web Token (JWT) bearer, which is acquired after authentication. Module characteristics:

  • It implements Tesla's new OAuth 2 Single Sign-On service.
  • Acquired tokens are cached to disk (cache.json) for persistence.
  • The cache stores tokens of each authorized identity (email).
  • Authentication is only needed when a new token is requested (usually once).
  • The token is automatically refreshed when expired without the need to reauthenticate.
  • An email registered in another region (e.g. auth.tesla.cn) is also supported.
  • Streaming API support using a WebSocket.
  • Pluggable cache and authenticator methods.

TeslaPy 2.0.0+ no longer implements headless authentication. The constructor differs and takes these arguments:

emailSSO identity
verify(optional) verify SSL certificate
proxy(optional) URL of proxy server
retry(optional) number of connection retries or Retry instance
user_agent(optional) the User-Agent string
authenticator(optional) Function with one argument, the authorization URL, that returns the redirected URL
cache_file(optional) path to cache file used by default loader and dumper
cache_loader(optional) function that returns the cache dict
cache_dumper(optional) function with one argument, the cache dict

To authenticate, the SSO page opens in the system's default web browser. After successful authentication, a Page not found will be displayed and the URL should start with https://auth.tesla.com/void/callback, which is the redirected URL. The class will use stdio to get the full redirected URL from the web browser by default. You need to copy and paste the full URL from the web browser to the console to continue aquirering API tokens. You can use a pluggable authenticator method to automate this for example using selenium.

The convenience method api() uses named endpoints listed in endpoints.json to perform calls, so the module does not require changes if the API is updated. Any error message returned by the API is raised as an HTTPError exception. Additionally, the class implements the following methods:

fetch_token()requests a new JWT bearer token using Authorization Code grant with PKCE extension
refresh_token()requests a new JWT bearer token using Refresh Token grant
vehicle_list()returns a list of Vehicle objects
battery_list()returns a list of Battery objects
solar_list()returns a list of SolarPanel objects

The Vehicle class extends dict and stores vehicle data returned by the Owner API, which is a pull API. The streaming API pushes vehicle data on-change after subscription. The stream() method takes an optional argument, a callback function that is called with one argument, a dict holding the changed data. The Vehicle object is always updated with the pushed data. If there are no changes within 10 seconds, the vehicle stops streaming data. The stream() method has two more optional arguments to control restarting. Additionally, the class implements the following methods:

api()performs an API call to named endpoint requiring vehicle_id with optional arguments
get_vehicle_summary()gets the state of the vehicle (online, asleep, offline)
sync_wake_up()wakes up and waits for the vehicle to come online
option_code_list() 1lists known descriptions (read from option_codes.json) of the vehicle option codes
get_vehicle_data()gets a rollup of all the data request endpoints plus vehicle config
get_nearby_charging_sites()lists nearby Tesla-operated charging stations
get_service_scheduling_data()retrieves next service appointment for this vehicle
mobile_enabled()checks if mobile access is enabled in the vehicle
compose_image() 2composes a vehicle image based on vehicle option codes
dist_units()converts distance or speed units to GUI setting of the vehicle
temp_units()converts temperature units to GUI setting of the vehicle
decode_vin()decodes the vehicle identification number to a dict
remote_start_drive()enables keyless drive (requires password to be set)
command()wrapper around api() for vehicle command response error handling

1 Option codes appear to be deprecated. Vehicles return a generic set of codes related to a Model 3.

2 Pass vehicle option codes to this method or the image may not be accurate.

Only get_vehicle_summary(), option_code_list(), get_service_scheduling_data(), compose_image() and decode_vin() are available when the vehicle is asleep or offline. These methods will not prevent your vehicle from sleeping. Other methods and API calls require the vehicle to be brought online by using sync_wake_up() and can prevent your vehicle from sleeping if called within too short a period.

The Product class extends dict and stores product data of Powerwalls and solar panels returned by the API. Additionally, the class implements the following methods:

api()performs an API call to named endpoint requiring battery_id or site_id with optional arguments
get_history_data()Retrieve live status of product
get_calendar_history_data()Retrieve live status of product
command()wrapper around api() for battery command response error handling

The Battery class extends Product and stores Powerwall data returned by the API. Additionally, the class implements the following methods:

get_battery_data()Retrieve detailed state and configuration of the battery
set_operation()Set battery operation to self_consumption, backup or autonomous
set_backup_reserve_percent()Set the minimum backup reserve percent for that battery

The SolarPanel class extends Product and stores solar panel data returned by the API. Additionally, the class implements the following methods:

get_site_data()Retrieve current site generation data


Basic usage of the module:

import teslapy
with teslapy.Tesla('elon@tesla.com') as tesla:
    vehicles = tesla.vehicle_list()
    vehicles[0].command('ACTUATE_TRUNK', which_trunk='front')

The Tesla class implements a pluggable authentication method. If you want to implement your own method to handle the SSO page and retrieve the redirected URL after authentication, you can pass a function as an argument to the constructor, that takes the authentication URL as an argument and returns the redirected URL. The authenticator argument is accessible as an attribute as well.

from selenium import webdriver
from selenium.webdriver.support import expected_conditions as EC
from selenium.webdriver.support.ui import WebDriverWait

def custom_auth(url):
    with webdriver.Chrome() as browser:
        WebDriverWait(browser, 300).until(EC.url_contains('void/callback'))
        return browser.current_url

with teslapy.Tesla('elon@tesla.com', authenticator=custom_auth) as tesla:

The Tesla class implements a pluggable cache method. If you don't want to use the default disk caching, you can pass a function to load and return the cache dict, and a function that takes a dict as an argument to dump the cache dict, as arguments to the constructor. The cache_loader and cache_dumper arguments are accessible as attributes as well.

import json
import sqlite3

def db_load():
    con = sqlite3.connect('cache.db')
    cur = con.cursor()
    cache = {}
        for row in cur.execute('select * from teslapy'):
            cache[row[0]] = json.loads(row[1])
    except sqlite3.OperationalError:
    return cache

def db_dump(cache):
    con = sqlite3.connect('cache.db')
    con.execute('create table if not exists teslapy (email text primary key, data json)')
    for email, data in cache.items():
        con.execute('replace into teslapy values (?, ?)', [email, json.dumps(data)])

with teslapy.Tesla('elon@tesla.com', cache_loader=db_load, cache_dumper=db_dump) as tesla:

Take a look at cli.py, menu.py or gui.py for more code examples.

These are the major commands:

MAX_DEFROSTontrue or false
CHANGE_CLIMATE_TEMPERATURE_SETTINGdriver_temp, passenger_temptemperature in celcius
CHANGE_SUNROOF_STATEstatevent or close
WINDOW_CONTROL 1command, lat, lonvent or close, 0, 0
ACTUATE_TRUNKwhich_trunkrear or front
TRIGGER_HOMELINKlat, loncurrent lattitude and logitude
SET_VALET_MODEon, passwordtrue or false, 4 digit PIN
SPEED_LIMIT_SET_LIMITlimit_mphbetween 50-90
SET_SENTRY_MODEontrue or false
REMOTE_SEAT_HEATER_REQUESTheater, levelseat 0-5, level 0-3

1 close requires lat and lon values to be near the current location of the car.


Basic exception handling:

except teslapy.HTTPError as e:

All requests.exceptions and oauthlib.oauth2.rfc6749.errors classes are imported by the module. When the vehicle is asleep or offline and the vehicle needs to be online for the API endpoint to be executed, the following exception is raised: requests.exceptions.HTTPError: 408 Client Error: vehicle unavailable. The exception can be caught as teslapy.HTTPError.

Additionally, sync_wake_up() raises teslapy.VehicleError when the vehicle does not come online within the specified timeout. And command() also raises teslapy.VehicleError when the vehicle command response result is False. For instance, if one of the media endpoints is called and there is no user present in the vehicle, the following exception is raised: VehicleError: user_not_present.

When the passcode_getter or factor_selector function return an empty string and your account has MFA enabled, then the module will cancel the transaction and this exception will be raised: CustomOAuth2Error: (login_cancelled) User cancelled login.

If you get a requests.exceptions.HTTPError: 400 Client Error: endpoint_deprecated:_please_update_your_app for url: https://owner-api.teslamotors.com/oauth/token then you are probably using an old version of this module. As of January 29, 2021, Tesla updated this endpoint to follow RFC 7523 and requires the use of the SSO service (auth.tesla.com) for authentication.

As of September 3, 2021, Tesla has added ReCaptcha to the login form. This caused the headless login implemented by TeslaPy to break. If you get a ValueError: Credentials rejected. Recaptcha is required and you are using correct credentials then you are probably using an old version of this module.

Demo applications

The source repository contains three demo applications.

cli.py is a simple CLI application that can use almost all functionality of the TeslaPy module. The filter option allows you to select a product if more than one product is linked to your account. API output is JSON formatted:

usage: cli.py [-h] -e EMAIL [-f FILTER] [-a API] [-k KEYVALUE] [-c COMMAND]
              [-l] [-o] [-v] [-w] [-g] [-b] [-n] [-m] [-s] [-d] [-r]
              [--service] [--verify] [--proxy PROXY]

Tesla Owner API CLI

optional arguments:
  -h, --help     show this help message and exit
  -e EMAIL       login email
  -f FILTER      filter on id, vin, etc.
  -a API         API call endpoint name
  -k KEYVALUE    API parameter (key=value)
  -c COMMAND     product command endpoint
  -l, --list     list all selected vehicles/batteries
  -o, --option   list vehicle option codes
  -v, --vin      vehicle identification number decode
  -w, --wake     wake up selected vehicle(s)
  -g, --get      get rollup of all vehicle data
  -b, --battery  get detailed battery state and config
  -n, --nearby   list nearby charging sites
  -m, --mobile   get mobile enabled state
  -s, --start    remote start drive
  -d, --debug    set logging level to debug
  -r, --stream   receive streaming vehicle data on-change
  --service      get service self scheduling eligibility
  --verify       disable verify SSL certificate
  --proxy PROXY  proxy server URL

Example usage of cli.py using a cached token:

python cli.py -e elon@tesla.com -w -a ACTUATE_TRUNK -k which_trunk=front

menu.py is a menu-based console application that displays vehicle data in a tabular format. The application depends on geopy to convert GPS coordinates to a human readable address:

gui.py is a graphical interface using tkinter. API calls are performed asynchronously using threading. The GUI supports auto refreshing of the vehicle data and the GUI displays a composed vehicle image. Note that the vehicle will not go to sleep, if auto refresh is enabled. The application depends on geopy to convert GPS coordinates to a human readable address. If Tcl/Tk GUI toolkit version of your Python installation is lower than 8.6 then pillow is required to display the vehicle image.

Vehicle data

Example output of get_vehicle_data() or python cli.py -e elon@tesla.com -w -g below:

    "id": 12345678901234567,
    "vehicle_id": 1234567890,
    "vin": "5YJ3E111111111111",
    "display_name": "Tim's Tesla",
    "color": null,
    "tokens": [
    "state": "online",
    "in_service": false,
    "id_s": "12345678901234567",
    "calendar_enabled": true,
    "api_version": 6,
    "backseat_token": null,
    "backseat_token_updated_at": null,
    "user_id": 123456,
    "charge_state": {
        "battery_heater_on": false,
        "battery_level": 44,
        "battery_range": 99.84,
        "charge_current_request": 16,
        "charge_current_request_max": 16,
        "charge_enable_request": true,
        "charge_energy_added": 14.54,
        "charge_limit_soc": 90,
        "charge_limit_soc_max": 100,
        "charge_limit_soc_min": 50,
        "charge_limit_soc_std": 90,
        "charge_miles_added_ideal": 66.5,
        "charge_miles_added_rated": 66.5,
        "charge_port_cold_weather_mode": false,
        "charge_port_door_open": true,
        "charge_port_latch": "Engaged",
        "charge_rate": 455.7,
        "charge_to_max_range": false,
        "charger_actual_current": 0,
        "charger_phases": null,
        "charger_pilot_current": 16,
        "charger_power": 100,
        "charger_voltage": 2,
        "charging_state": "Charging",
        "conn_charge_cable": "IEC",
        "est_battery_range": 78.13,
        "fast_charger_brand": "Tesla",
        "fast_charger_present": true,
        "fast_charger_type": "Combo",
        "ideal_battery_range": 99.84,
        "managed_charging_active": false,
        "managed_charging_start_time": null,
        "managed_charging_user_canceled": false,
        "max_range_charge_counter": 1,
        "minutes_to_full_charge": 15,
        "not_enough_power_to_heat": null,
        "scheduled_charging_pending": false,
        "scheduled_charging_start_time": null,
        "time_to_full_charge": 0.25,
        "timestamp": 1569952097456,
        "trip_charging": true,
        "usable_battery_level": 44,
        "user_charge_enable_request": null
    "climate_state": {
        "battery_heater": false,
        "battery_heater_no_power": null,
        "climate_keeper_mode": "off",
        "driver_temp_setting": 21.0,
        "fan_status": 3,
        "inside_temp": 21.0,
        "is_auto_conditioning_on": true,
        "is_climate_on": true,
        "is_front_defroster_on": false,
        "is_preconditioning": false,
        "is_rear_defroster_on": false,
        "left_temp_direction": 54,
        "max_avail_temp": 28.0,
        "min_avail_temp": 15.0,
        "outside_temp": 13.5,
        "passenger_temp_setting": 21.0,
        "remote_heater_control_enabled": true,
        "right_temp_direction": 54,
        "seat_heater_left": 0,
        "seat_heater_right": 0,
        "side_mirror_heaters": false,
        "smart_preconditioning": false,
        "timestamp": 1569952097456,
        "wiper_blade_heater": false
    "drive_state": {
        "gps_as_of": 1569952096,
        "heading": 240,
        "latitude": 52.531951,
        "longitude": 6.156999,
        "native_latitude": 52.531951,
        "native_location_supported": 1,
        "native_longitude": 6.156999,
        "native_type": "wgs",
        "power": -100,
        "shift_state": null,
        "speed": null,
        "timestamp": 1569952097456
    "gui_settings": {
        "gui_24_hour_time": true,
        "gui_charge_rate_units": "km/hr",
        "gui_distance_units": "km/hr",
        "gui_range_display": "Rated",
        "gui_temperature_units": "C",
        "show_range_units": false,
        "timestamp": 1569952097456
    "vehicle_config": {
        "can_accept_navigation_requests": true,
        "can_actuate_trunks": true,
        "car_special_type": "base",
        "car_type": "model3",
        "charge_port_type": "CCS",
        "eu_vehicle": true,
        "exterior_color": "SolidBlack",
        "has_air_suspension": false,
        "has_ludicrous_mode": false,
        "key_version": 2,
        "motorized_charge_port": true,
        "plg": false,
        "rear_seat_heaters": 0,
        "rear_seat_type": null,
        "rhd": false,
        "roof_color": "Glass",
        "seat_type": null,
        "spoiler_type": "None",
        "sun_roof_installed": null,
        "third_row_seats": "<invalid>",
        "timestamp": 1569952097456,
        "use_range_badging": true,
        "wheel_type": "Pinwheel18"
    "vehicle_state": {
        "api_version": 6,
        "autopark_state_v2": "unavailable",
        "calendar_supported": true,
        "car_version": "2019.32.11.1 d39e85a",
        "center_display_state": 2,
        "df": 0,
        "dr": 0,
        "fd_window": 0,
        "fp_window": 0,
        "ft": 0,
        "is_user_present": true,
        "locked": false,
        "media_state": {
            "remote_control_enabled": true
        "notifications_supported": true,
        "odometer": 6963.081561,
        "parsed_calendar_supported": true,
        "pf": 0,
        "pr": 0,
        "rd_window": 0,
        "remote_start": false,
        "remote_start_enabled": true,
        "remote_start_supported": true,
        "rp_window": 0,
        "rt": 0,
        "sentry_mode": false,
        "sentry_mode_available": true,
        "software_update": {
            "expected_duration_sec": 2700,
            "status": ""
        "speed_limit_mode": {
            "active": false,
            "current_limit_mph": 85.0,
            "max_limit_mph": 90,
            "min_limit_mph": 50,
            "pin_code_set": false
        "sun_roof_percent_open": null,
        "sun_roof_state": "unknown",
        "timestamp": 1569952097456,
        "valet_mode": false,
        "valet_pin_needed": true,
        "vehicle_name": "Tim's Tesla"

Example output of get_service_scheduling_data() or python cli.py -e elon@tesla.com --service below:

    "response": {
        "enabled_vins": [
                "vin": "5YJ3E111111111111",
                "next_appt_timestamp": "2021-06-08T13:15:00",
                "next_appt_end_timestamp": null,
                "show_badge": false

Powerwall data

Example output of get_battery_data() or python cli.py -e elon@tesla.com -b below:

    "energy_site_id": 111110110110,
    "resource_type": "battery",
    "site_name": "Elon's House",
    "id": "STE10110111-00101",
    "gateway_id": "1111100-11-A--AAA11110A1A111",
    "asset_site_id": "a1100111-1a11-1aaa-a111-1a0011aa1111",
    "energy_left": 0,
    "total_pack_energy": 13746,
    "percentage_charged": 0,
    "battery_type": "ac_powerwall",
    "backup_capable": true,
    "battery_power": 0,
    "sync_grid_alert_enabled": false,
    "breaker_alert_enabled": false,
    "components": {
        "solar": true,
        "solar_type": "pv_panel",
        "battery": true,
        "grid": true,
        "backup": true,
        "gateway": "teg",
        "load_meter": true,
        "tou_capable": true,
        "storm_mode_capable": true,
        "flex_energy_request_capable": false,
        "car_charging_data_supported": false,
        "off_grid_vehicle_charging_reserve_supported": false,
        "vehicle_charging_performance_view_enabled": false,
        "vehicle_charging_solar_offset_view_enabled": false,
        "battery_solar_offset_view_enabled": true,
        "show_grid_import_battery_source_cards": true,
        "battery_type": "ac_powerwall",
        "configurable": false,
        "grid_services_enabled": false
    "grid_status": "Active",
    "backup": {
        "backup_reserve_percent": 0,
        "events": null
    "user_settings": {
        "storm_mode_enabled": false,
        "sync_grid_alert_enabled": false,
        "breaker_alert_enabled": false
    "default_real_mode": "self_consumption",
    "operation": "self_consumption",
    "installation_date": "2020-01-01T10:10:00+08:00",
    "power_reading": [
            "timestamp": "2021-02-24T04:25:39+08:00",
            "load_power": 5275,
            "solar_power": 3,
            "grid_power": 5262,
            "battery_power": 10,
            "generator_power": 0
    "battery_count": 1


TeslaPy is available on PyPI:

python -m pip install teslapy

Make sure you have Python 2.7+ or 3.5+ installed on your system. Alternatively, clone the repository to your machine and run demo application cli.py, menu.py or gui.py to get started, after installing requests_oauthlib, geopy, selenium and websocket-client using PIP as follows:

python -m pip install requests_oauthlib geopy selenium websocket-client

and install ChromeDriver to use Selenium or on Ubuntu as follows:

sudo apt-get install python3-requests-oauthlib python3-geopy python3-selenium python3-websocket

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