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Box Python SDK

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.. code-block:: console

pip install boxsdk

The current version of the SDK is v2.x — if you're looking for the code or documentation for v1.5.x, please see the 1.5 branch <>. Note that all new features and fixes will be made on the 2.x branch; you should consider upgrading from 1.5.x at your earliest convenience. See the changelog for a list of breaking changes and added features between the major versions.

.. _changelog:

Getting Started

To get started with the SDK, get a Developer Token from the Configuration page of your app in the Box Developer Console_. You can use this token to make test calls for your own Box account.

.. _Box Developer Console:

The SDK provides an interactive DevelopmentClient that makes it easy to test out the SDK in a REPL. This client will automatically prompt for a new Developer Token when it requires one, and will log HTTP requests and responses to aid in debugging and understanding how the SDK makes API calls.

.. code-block:: pycon

>>> from boxsdk import DevelopmentClient
>>> client = DevelopmentClient()
Enter developer token: <ENTER DEVELOPER TOKEN HERE>
>>> user = client.user().get()
GET {'headers': {'Authorization': '---wXyZ',
            'User-Agent': 'box-python-sdk-2.0.0',
            'X-Box-UA': 'agent=box-python-sdk/2.0.0; env=python/3.6.5'},
'params': None}
"GET" 200 454
{'Date': 'Thu, 01 Nov 2018 23:32:11 GMT', 'Content-Type': 'application/json', 'Transfer-Encoding': 'chunked', 'Connection': 'keep-alive', 'Strict-Transport-Security': 'max-age=31536000', 'Cache-Control': 'no-cache, no-store', 'Content-Encoding': 'gzip', 'Vary': 'Accept-Encoding', 'BOX-REQUEST-ID': '0b50luc09ahp56m2jmkla8mgmh2', 'Age': '0'}
{'address': '',
'avatar_url': '',
'created_at': '2012-06-07T11:14:50-07:00',
'id': '123456789',
'job_title': '',
'language': 'en',
'login': '',
'max_upload_size': 16106127360,
'modified_at': '2018-10-30T17:01:27-07:00',
'name': 'Example User',
'phone': '',
'space_amount': 1000000000000000.0,
'space_used': 14330018065,
'status': 'active',
'timezone': 'America/Los_Angeles',
'type': 'user'}

>>> print('The current user ID is {0}'.format(
The current user ID is 123456789

Outside of a REPL, you can initialize a new Client with just the Developer Token to get started.

.. code-block:: python

from boxsdk import OAuth2, Client

auth = OAuth2(
client = Client(auth)

user = client.user().get()
print('The current user ID is {0}'.format(


The Box API uses OAuth2 for auth. The SDK makes it relatively painless to work with OAuth2 tokens.

Server-to-Server Auth with JWT

The Python SDK supports your
`JWT Authentication <>`_

Authenticating with a JWT requires some extra dependencies. To get them, simply

.. code-block:: console

    pip install "boxsdk[jwt]"

Instead of instantiating your ``Client`` with an instance of ``OAuth2``,
instead use an instance of ``JWTAuth``.

.. code-block:: python

    from boxsdk import JWTAuth

    auth = JWTAuth(

    access_token = auth.authenticate_instance()

    from boxsdk import Client

    client = Client(auth)

This client is able to create application users:

.. code-block:: python

    ned_stark_user = client.create_user('Ned Stark')

These users can then be authenticated:

.. code-block:: python

    ned_auth = JWTAuth(
    ned_client = Client(ned_auth)

Requests made with ``ned_client`` (or objects returned from ``ned_client``'s methods)
will be performed on behalf of the newly created app user.

Traditional 3-legged OAuth2

Get the Authorization URL

.. code-block:: python

    from boxsdk import OAuth2

    oauth = OAuth2(

    auth_url, csrf_token = oauth.get_authorization_url('http://YOUR_REDIRECT_URL')

store_tokens is a callback used to store the access token and refresh
token. You might want to define something like this:

.. code-block:: python

    def store_tokens(access_token, refresh_token):
        # store the tokens at secure storage (e.g. Keychain)

The SDK will keep the tokens in memory for the duration of the Python
script run, so you don't always need to pass store_tokens.

Authenticate (Get Access/Refresh Tokens)

If you navigate the user to the auth_url, the user will eventually get
redirected to http://YOUR_REDIRECT_URL?code=YOUR_AUTH_CODE.  After
getting the code, you will be able to use the code to exchange for an
access token and refresh token.

The SDK handles all the work for you; all you need to do is run:

.. code-block:: python

    # Make sure that the csrf token you get from the `state` parameter
    # in the final redirect URI is the same token you get from the
    # get_authorization_url method.
    assert 'THE_CSRF_TOKEN_YOU_GOT' == csrf_token
    access_token, refresh_token = oauth.authenticate('YOUR_AUTH_CODE')

Create an Authenticated Client

.. code-block:: python

    from boxsdk import Client

    client = Client(oauth)

And that's it! You can start using the client to do all kinds of cool stuff
and the SDK will handle the token refresh for you automatically.

Instantiate a Client Given an Access and a Refresh Token

Alternatively, you can instantiate an OAuth2 object with the access token and refresh token. Once
you have an oauth object you can pass that into the Client object to instantiate a client and begin
making calls.

.. code-block:: python

    from boxsdk import Client, OAuth2

    oauth = OAuth2(

    client = Client(oauth)
    user = client.user().get()

This will retrieve the current user! From here you can use the client you created to start making calls.

Other Auth Options

For advanced uses of the SDK, three additional auth classes are provided:

- ``CooperativelyManagedOAuth2``: Allows multiple auth instances to share tokens.
- ``RemoteOAuth2``: Allows use of the SDK on clients without access to your application's client secret. Instead, you
  provide a ``retrieve_access_token`` callback. That callback should perform the token refresh, perhaps on your server
  that does have access to the client secret.
- ``RedisManagedOAuth2``: Stores access and refresh tokens in Redis. This allows multiple processes (possibly spanning
  multiple machines) to share access tokens while synchronizing token refresh. This could be useful for a multiprocess
  web server, for example.

Usage Documentation

Full documentation of the available functionality with example code is available in the `SDK documentation pages`_, and
there is also method-level documentation available on ReadTheDocs_.

.. _SDK documentation pages:
.. _ReadTheDocs:

Making API Calls Manually

The Box API is continually evolving. As such, there are API endpoints available that are not specifically
supported by the SDK. You can still use these endpoints by using the ``make_request`` method of the ``Client``.

.. code-block:: python

    # Returns a Python dictionary containing the result of the API request
    json_response = client.make_request(
        client.get_url('metadata_templates', 'enterprise', 'customer', 'schema'),

``make_request()`` takes two parameters:

- ``method`` -an HTTP verb like ``GET`` or ``POST``
- ``url`` - the URL of the requested API endpoint

The ``Client`` class and Box objects have a ``get_url`` method. Pass it an endpoint
to get the correct URL for use with that object and endpoint.

For API calls which require a body, ``make_request()`` accepts ``**kwargs`` after ``method`` and ``url``.

.. code-block:: python

    # Updates a user's ToS status

    # JSONify the body
    body = json.dumps({"is_accepted":true})

    # Pass body as "data" argument
    client.make_request(method, url, data = body)

Other Client Options

Logging Client

For more insight into the network calls the SDK is making, you can use the ``LoggingClient`` class. This class logs
information about network requests and responses made to the Box API.

.. code-block:: pycon

    >>> from boxsdk import LoggingClient
    >>> client = LoggingClient()
    >>> client.user().get()
    GET {'headers': {u'Authorization': u'Bearer ---------------------------kBjp',
                 u'User-Agent': u'box-python-sdk-1.5.0'},
     'params': None}
    {"type":"user","id":"..","name":"Jeffrey Meadows","login":"..",..}
    <boxsdk.object.user.User at 0x10615b8d0>

For more control over how the information is logged, use the ``LoggingNetwork`` class directly.

.. code-block:: pycon

    from boxsdk import Client
    from import LoggingNetwork

    # Use a custom logger
    client = Client(oauth, network_layer=LoggingNetwork(logger))

Developer Token Client

The Box Developer Console allows for the creation of short-lived developer tokens. The SDK makes it easy to use these
tokens. Use the ``get_new_token_callback`` parameter to control how the client will get new developer tokens as
needed. The default is to prompt standard input for a token.

Development Client

For exploring the Box API, or to quickly get going using the SDK, the ``DevelopmentClient`` class combines the
``LoggingClient`` with the ``DeveloperTokenClient``.


Custom Subclasses

Custom object subclasses can be defined:

.. code-block:: pycon

    from boxsdk import Client
    from boxsdk import Folder

    class MyFolderSubclass(Folder):

    client = Client(oauth)
    client.translator.register('folder', MyFolderSubclass)
    folder = client.folder('0')

    >>> print folder
    >>> <Box MyFolderSubclass - 0>

If an object subclass is registered in this way, instances of this subclass will be
returned from all SDK methods that previously returned an instance of the parent.  See ``BaseAPIJSONObjectMeta``
and ``Translator`` to see how the SDK performs dynamic lookups to determine return types.


See `CONTRIBUTING.rst <>`_.

Developer Setup

Create a virtual environment and install packages -

.. code-block:: console

    mkvirtualenv boxsdk
    pip install -r requirements-dev.txt


Run all tests using -

.. code-block:: console


The tox tests include code style checks via pep8 and pylint.

The tox tests are configured to run on Python 2.7, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, and
PyPy (our CI is configured to run PyPy tests on PyPy 4.0).

Questions, Bugs, and Feature Requests?

Need to contact us directly? `Browse the issues tickets <>`_!  Or, if that
doesn't work, `file a new one <>`_ and we will get back to you.
If you have general questions about the Box API, you can post to the
`Box Developer Forum <>`_.

Copyright and License


 Copyright 2019 Box, Inc. All rights reserved.

 Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
 you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
 You may obtain a copy of the License at

 Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
 distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
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