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The official DataSift API library for Python.

Project description

This is the official Python library for accessing DataSift. See the examples folder for some simple example usage.

Supported Operating Environment

This version of the client library has been tested, and is known to work against the following language versions and Operating Systems:

Language versions

  • Python 2.6
  • Python 2.7
  • Python 3.3
  • Python 3.4
  • pypy 2.7

Operating Systems

  • Linux
  • BSD
  • OS X
  • Windows 7/8


Install with pip:

pip install datasift-beta

Install from source:

git clone
cd datasift-python
python install

Style Guide

This code should conform to pep8, with the exception of E501, the 79 character line limit.

It can be style checked with the pep8 module by running pep8 --show-source --ignore=E501 datasift/*.py


Supports Python 2.6, 2.7 and 3.3, as well as pypy. Uses requests, autobahn, six and twisted.


All code contained in this repository is Copyright 2012-Present MediaSift Ltd.

This code is released under the BSD license. Please see the LICENSE file for more details.


  • v.2.0.7 Small bugfix for livestreaming (2014-05-09)

  • v.2.0.6 Added windows support for livestreaming (2014-05-09)

  • v.2.0.5 Added support for all 3 outputs in pull (2014-04-29)

  • v.2.0.4 Upgraded the output mapper date logic to be more robust (2014-03-18)

  • v.2.0.3 Fixed secure websockets on OpenSSL >1.0 (2014-02-20)

  • v.2.0.2 Improved reconnection logic for livestreaming (2014-02-20)

  • v.2.0.1 Fixed disconnect problems in livestreaming on slow streams (2014-02-19)

  • v.2.0.0 Ground up rewrite. (2014-02-14)

  • v.0.5.7 Fixed issues with buffers on reconnections (2013-06-28)

  • v.0.5.6 Fixed broken tests, multistreaming, reconnection timeout (2013-05-03)

  • v.0.5.5 Introduced automatic reconnection after 65 seconds of no data or ticks. Solves ‘silent disconnect’ issue (2013-03-06)

  • v.0.5.4 Removed checks for existance of deprecated ‘volume_info’ field in historics/prepare response (2013-01-18)

  • v.0.5.3 Added missing Historic sample size into historic/prepare requests (2012-12-03)

  • v.0.5.2 Patch for the missing availability info after Historic/prepare [woozyking]( (2012-11-28)

  • v.0.5.1 Removed unit tests that are no longer required (2012-08-30)

  • v.0.5.0 Added support for Historic queries and Push delivery (2012-08-27)

  • v.0.4.0 Fixed issues with SSL timeouts & low throughput streams (2012-08-08)

  • v.0.3.0 Added SSL support and fixed a reconnection bug (2012-05-16)

    The SSL support is enabled by default and can be disabled by passing false as the third parameter to the User constructor, or calling enableSSL(false) on the User object.

  • v.0.2.0 Fixed the handling of error messages in streams (2012-05-04)

  • v.0.1.1 Initial release (2012-03-09)

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