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API adapter used to control programmatically an Elmo alarm system.

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E-connect Python API

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econnect-python is an API adapter used to control programmatically an Elmo alarm system. Through a generic configuration, the client allows:

  • Retrieving access tokens to make API calls
  • Obtaining/releasing the system Lock() to have exclusive control of the system
  • Arm/disarm all the alarms registered in the system
  • Query the system and get the status of your sectors and inputs


  • Python 3.5+
  • requests

Getting Started

This package is available on PyPI:

$ pip install econnect-python


from elmo import query
from elmo.api.client import ElmoClient

# Initialize the client with an API endpoint and a vendor and
# authenticate your connection to retrieve the access token
client = ElmoClient("", "vendor")
client.auth("username", "password")

# To arm/disarm the system you must gain the exclusive Lock()
with client.lock("secret-code") as c:
    c.arm()                # Arm all alarms
    c.disarm()             # Disarm all alarms
    c.arm(sectors=[3, 4])  # Arm only sectors 3 and 4
    c.disarm(sectors=[3])  # Disarm only sector 3

# Query the system
sectors_armed, sectors_disarmed = client.query(query.SECTORS)
inputs_alerted, inputs_wait = client.query(query.INPUTS)

# Or use the shortcut
status = client.check()

# Returns:
# {
#   "sectors_armed": [{"id": 0, "name": "Entryway", "element": 1, "index": 0}, ...],
#   "sectors_disarmed": [{"id": 1, "name": "Kitchen", "element": 2, "index": 1}, ...],
#   "inputs_alerted": [{"id": 0, "name": "Door", "element": 3, "index": 0}, ...],
#   "inputs_wait": [{"id": 1, "name": "Window", "element": 4, "index": 1}, ...],
# }

The access token is valid for 10 minutes after that you need to authenticate again to refresh the token. Obtaining the lock via client.lock("code") is mandatory to arm or disarm the alert, otherwise the API returns 403.

Once the lock is obtained, other clients cannot connect to the alarm system and only a manual override on the terminal is allowed. Outside the context manager, the lock is automatically released.


We accept external contributions even though the project is mostly designed for personal needs. If you think some parts can be exposed with a more generic interface, feel free to open a GitHub issue and to discuss your suggestion.

Coding Guidelines

We use flake8 as a style guide enforcement. That said, we also use black to reformat our code, keeping a well defined style even for quotes, multi-lines blocks and other.

Before submitting your code, be sure to launch black to reformat your PR.


tox is used to execute the following test matrix:

  • lint: launches flake8 and black --check to be sure the code honors our style guideline
  • py{35,36,37,38}: launches py.test to execute all tests under Python 3.5, 3.6, 3.7 and 3.8.

To launch the full test matrix, just:

$ tox

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