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Official Box Python SDK

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pip install boxsdk


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

Get the authorization url

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:

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 token)

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 access token and fresh token.

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

# 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

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.


Get user info

me = client.user(user_id='me').get()
print 'user_login: ' + me['login']

Get folder info

root_folder = client.folder(folder_id='0').get()
print 'folder owner: ' + root_folder.owned_by['login']
print 'folder name: ' + root_folder['name']

Get items in a folder

items = client.folder(folder_id='0').get_items(limit=100, offset=0)

Create subfolder

# creates folder structure /L1/L2/L3

Get file name


Rename an item


Move an item


Get content of a file


Lock/unlock a file



# Get events, stream_position='now')

# Generate events using long polling
for event in
    pass  # Do something with the event

# Get latest stream position


# Get metadata

# Create metadata
client.file(file_id='SOME_FILE_ID').metadata().create({'key': 'value'})

# Update metadata
metadata = client.file(file_id='SOME_FILE_ID').metadata()
update = metadata.start_update()
update.add('/key', 'new_value')



Developer Setup

Create a virtual environment and install packages -

mkvirtualenv boxsdk
pip install -r requirements-dev.txt


Run all tests using -


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

The tox tests are configured to run on Python 2.6, 2.7, 3.3, 3.4, and PyPy.


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