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A Python client and wrapper around the 1Password CLI.

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OnePassword python client

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Python client around the 1Password password manager cli for usage within python code and Jupyter Notebooks. Developed by Data Scientists from Wandera (a Jamf company).


pip install 1password

If you have issues with PyYaml or other distutils installed packages then use:

pip install --ignore-installed 1password

You are welcome to install and manage op yourself by visiting

The above commands will check op is present already and if not will install the best op cli it can work out plus the python client itself. This is currently fixed at op version 1.10.3 to ensure compatibility. If you wish to use a higher version of op you can by running op update in a terminal however note that we cannot ensure it will work with our client yet.

Mac OS users will be prompted with a seperate installation windows to ensure you have a signed version of op - make sure to check other desktops that the installer might pop up on.

Optional pre-requisites


This utility is used to create a unique guid for your device but this isn't a hard requirement from AgileBits and so if you see base32: command not found an empty string will be used instead, and the client will still work fully.

If you really want to, you can make sure you have this installed by installing coreutils. Details per platform can be found here:

Basic Usage

Currently tested on Mac OS and Linux.

On first usage users will be asked for both the enrolled email, secret key and password. There is also verification of your account domain and name.

For all following usages you will only be asked for a password.

You will be given 3 attempts and then pointed to reset password documentation or alternatively you can restart your kernel.

No passwords are stored in memory without encryption.

If you have 2FA turned on for your 1Password account the client will ask for your six digit authenticator code.

from onepassword import OnePassword
import json

op = OnePassword()

# List all vaults 

# List all items in a vault, default is Private

# Get all fields, one field or more fields for an item with uuid="example"
op.get_item(uuid="example", fields="username")
op.get_item(uuid="example", fields=["username", "password"])

Input formats

To be sure what you are using is of the right format

  • Enrolled email: standard email format e.g.
  • Secret key: provided by 1Password e.g. ##-######-######-#####-#####-#####-#####
  • Account domain: domain that you would login to 1Password via browser e.g.
  • Account name: subdomain or account name that cli can use for multiple account holders e.g. example


The GitHub action will run a full build, test and release on any push. If this is to the main branch then this will release to public PyPi and bump the patch version.

For a major or minor branch update your new branch should include this new version and this should be verified by the code owners.

In general, this means when contributing you should create a feature branch off of the main branch and without manually bumping the version you can focus on development.

CLI coverage

Full op documentation can be found here:

The below is correct as of version 0.3.0.


This is the set of commands the current python SDK covers:

  • create: Create an object
    • document
  • delete: Remove an object
    • item: we use this method to remove documents but now there is a new delete document method
  • get: Get details about an object
    • document
    • item
  • list: List objects and events
    • items
    • vaults
  • signin: Sign in to a 1Password account
  • signout: Sign out of a 1Password account

This is what still needs developing due to new functionality being released:

  • add: Grant access to groups or vaults
    • group
    • user
  • completion: Generate shell completion information
  • confirm: Confirm a user
  • create: Create an object
    • group
    • user
    • item
    • vault
  • delete: Remove an object
    • document
    • user
    • vault
    • group
    • trash
  • edit: Edit an object
    • document
    • group
    • item
    • user
    • vault
  • encode: Encode the JSON needed to create an item
  • forget: Remove a 1Password account from this device
  • get: Get details about an object
    • account
    • group
    • template
    • totp
    • user
    • vault
  • list: List objects and events
    • documents
    • events
    • groups
    • templates
    • users
  • reactivate: Reactivate a suspended user
  • remove: Revoke access to groups or vaults
  • suspend: Suspend a user
  • update: Check for and download updates


  • Add Windows functionality
  • Add clean uninstall of client and op
  • Remove subprocess usage everywhere -> use pexpect
  • Add test docker image
  • Get full UT coverage
  • Align response types into JSON / lists instead of JSON strings
  • Ensure full and matching functionality of CLI in python
    • add
    • confirm
    • create
    • delete
    • edit
    • encode
    • forget
    • get
    • list
    • reactivate
    • remove
    • suspend
  • Use the new CLI update method

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