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Framework for making good API client libraries using urllib3.

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Tiny framework for building good API client libraries thanks to urllib3.


  • Threadsafely reuses connections with Keep-Alive (via urllib3).
  • Small and easy to understand codebase perfect for extending and building upon.
  • Built-in support for rate limiting and request throttling.
  • Functional examples for the Klout API and the Facebook OpenGraph API.


How to make your own super-simple client API library:

from apiclient import APIClient

class AcmePublicAPI(APIClient):
    BASE_URL = 'https://localhost:1234/'

acme_api = AcmePublicAPI()
r ='/stream') # <- Returns parsed JSON response

How to add rate limiting to your client API library so that we don’t exceed 10 requests per minute:

from apiclient import RateLimiter

lock = RateLimiter(max_messages=10, every_seconds=60)

acme_api = AcmePublicAPI(rate_limit_lock=lock)

# Get the first 100 pages
for page in xrange(100):
    # Whenever our request rate exceeds the specifications of the API's
    # RateLimiter, the next request will block until the next request window
    r ='/stream', page=str(page))

For more specific API examples, see the examples/ directory.


  • More documentation and examples.
  • Tests.

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