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An OAuth2 client for the Coursera App Platform.

Project Description

This project is a library consisting of a command line interface and a client for interacting with Coursera’s OAuth2 authorized APIs.


To install this sdk, simply execute:

sudo pip install courseraoauth2client

pip is a python package manager. If you do not have pip installed on your machine, please follow the installation instructions for your platform found at:


Before using Coursera’s OAuth2 APIs, be sure you know your client id, client secret, and scopes you want for for your application. You may create an application at When creating the application, set the Redirect URI to be http://localhost:9876.

Next, authorize your application by running courseraoauth2client config authorize --app APP where APP is a disambiguating identifier to be referred to later when making Coursera API calls.

Command Line Interface

The project includes a command line tool. Simply run:

courseraoauth2client -h

for a complete list of features, flags, and documentation.


Configures the Coursera OAuth2 client library.

  • courseraoauth2client config authorize --app APP

    Configures the tool to go through the authorization secret flow for application APP.

  • courseraoauth2client config check-auth --app APP

    Checks whether the current instance can authorize against Coursera’s API server for application APP


import requests
from courseraoauth2client import oauth2
app = 'my_application_name'
url = ''
auth = oauth2.build_oauth2(app=app).build_authorizer()
response = requests.get(url, auth=auth)
print response.json()

If my_application_name was successfully configured, you will be able to successfully make a request. Otherwise, an exception will be thrown telling you to set up your application for API access.

Bugs / Issues / Feature Requests

Please us the github issue tracker to document any bugs or other issues you encounter while using this tool.

Developing / Contributing

We recommend developing courseraoauth2client within a python virtualenv. To get your environment set up properly, do the following:

virtualenv venv
source venv/bin/activate
python develop
pip install -r test_requirements.txt


To run tests, simply run: nosetests, or tox.

Code Style

Code should conform to pep8 style requirements. To check, simply run:

pep8 courseraoauth2client tests

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