APD Sensor package
Advanced Python Development Sensors
This is the data collection package that forms part of the running example for the book Advanced Python Development.
This installs a console script called
sensors that returns a report on
various aspects of the system. The available sensors are:
- Python version
- IP Addresses
- CPU Usage
- RAM Available
- Battery charging state
- Ambient Temperature
- Ambient Humidity
There are no command-line options, to view the report run
sensors on the
The Ambient Temperature and Ambient Humidity sensors are only available on
RaspberryPi hosts and assume that a DHT22 sensor is connected to pin
The location and type of the sensor can be controlled by setting a pair of
If there is an entry in
/etc/hosts for the current machine's hostname that
value will be the only result from the IP Addresses sensor.
You can install with
pip3 install apd.sensors under Python 3.7 or higher.
We recommend using pipenv to manage your environment, in which case you would
pipenv --three install apd.sensors and run the programme using
pipenv run sensors.
There is an optional API server shipped with apd.sensors. To use this you
should install the
apd.sensors[webapp] extra. The API can then be started
with the non-production quality wsgiref server using:
python -m apd.sensors.wsgi.serve
or through Waitress (if installed) using:
waitress-serve --call apd.sensors.wsgi:set_up_config
Other WSGI servers will also work, you should use set_up_config as a factory function.
An environment variable is required to use the API server,
should be set to the API key required to gain access. One can be generated
python -c "import uuid; print(uuid.uuid4().hex)"
The following endpoints are supported:
You can install optional functionality to periodically store sensor
values using the
apd.sensors[scheduled] extra. In this case,
sensors --save will store the recorded data to
in the current working directory.
The database connection can be specified with
for example. It can also be specified with the
The database must be migrated to contain the correct data first. This can be
done by running
alembic upgrade head with the following alembic.ini file
in the current working directory.
[alembic] script_location = apd.sensors:alembic sqlalchemy.url = sqlite:///sensor_data.sqlite
Historical data API
An API to extract historical data is also available if installed with
This provides the following three URIs, where start and end are a date/time in ISO format.
- Unexpected errors from sensors should not cause a 500 error in the v3 API (Matthew Wilkes)
- Add ability to store data points on query (Matthew Wilkes)
- Add v3.0 API to distinguish sensor errors and include historical data (Matthew Wilkes)
- Cache DHT sensor connections (Matthew Wilkes)
- Force use of bitbang interface for DHT sensors, to improve reliability on Linux (Matthew Wilkes)
- Add optional APD_SENSORS_DEPLOYMENT_ID parameter and v2.1 API which allows users to find a unique identifier for a webapp sensor deployment (Matthew Wilkes)
from_json_compatiblemethods to Sensor to facilitate better HTTP API (Matthew Wilkes)
HTTP API is now versioned. The API from 1.3.0 is available at /v/1.0 and an updated version is at /v/2.0 (Matthew Wilkes)
- WSGI HTTP API support added (Matthew Wilkes)
- Add external plugin support through
apd.sensors.sensorsentrypoint (Matthew Wilkes)
- Add --develop argument (Matthew Wilkes)
- Fix broken 1.0.0 release (Matthew Wilkes)
- Added initial sensors (Matthew Wilkes)
Copyright (c) 2019 Matthew Wilkes
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