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Kinto client

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Kinto is a service that allows to store and synchronize arbitrary data, attached to a user account. Its primary interface is HTTP.

kinto-http is a Python library that eases the interactions with a Kinto server instance. A project with related goals is also available for JavaScript.


Use pip:

$ pip install kinto-http


  • The first version of this API doesn’t cache any access nor provide any refresh mechanism. If you want to be sure you have the latest data available, issue another call.

Here is an overview of what the API provides:

from kinto_http import Client

client = Client(server_url="http://localhost:8888/v1",
                auth=('alexis', 'p4ssw0rd'))

records = client.get_records(bucket='default', collection='todos')
for i, record in enumerate(records):
    record['title'] = 'Todo #%d' %i

for record in records:

Creating a client

The passed auth parameter is a requests authentication policy, allowing authenticating using whatever scheme fits you best.

By default, Kinto supports Firefox Accounts and Basic authentication policies.

from kinto_http import Client
credentials = ('alexis', 'p4ssw0rd')

client = Client(server_url='http://localhost:8888/v1',

It is also possible to pass the bucket and the collection to the client at creation time, so that this value will be used by default.

client = Client(bucket="payments", collection="receipts", auth=auth)

Getting server information

You can use the server_info method to get the server information:

.. code-block:: python

from kinto_http import Client

client = Client(server_url=’http://localhost:8888/v1’) info = client.server_info() assert ‘schema’ in info[‘capabilities’], “Server doesn’t support schema validation.”

Handling buckets

All operations are rooted in a bucket. It makes little sense for one application to handle multiple buckets at once (but it is possible). If no specific bucket name is provided, the “default” bucket is used.

from kinto_http import Client
credentials = ('alexis', 'p4ssw0rd')

client = Client(server_url='http://localhost:8888/v1',

# It is also possible to manipulate bucket permissions (see later)
client.update_bucket('payments', permissions={})

# Or delete a bucket and everything under.

# Or even every writable buckets.


A collection is where records are stored.

client.create_collection('receipts', bucket='payments')

# Or get an existing one.
client.get_collection('receipts', bucket='payments')

# To delete an existing collection.
client.delete_collection('receipts', bucket='payments')

# Or every collections in a bucket.


Records can be retrieved from and saved to collections.

A record is a dict with the “permissions” and “data” keys.

# You can pass a python dictionary to create the record
# bucket='default' can be omitted since it's the default value

client.create_record(data={'id': 1234, status: 'done', title: 'Todo #1'},
                     collection='todos', bucket='default')

# Retrieve all records.
records = client.get_records(collection='todos', bucket='default')

# Retrieve records timestamp.
records_timestamp = client.get_records_timestamp(collection='todos', bucket='default')

# Retrieve a specific record and update it.
record = client.get_record('89881454-e4e9-4ef0-99a9-404d95900352',
                           collection='todos', bucket='default')
client.update_record(record, collection='todos', bucket='default')

# Update multiple records at once.
client.update_records(records, collection='todos')

# It is also possible to delete a record.

# Or every records of a collection.


By default, authors will get read and write access to the manipulated objects. It is possible to change this behavior by passing a dict to the permissions parameter.

    data={'foo': 'bar'},
    permissions={'read': ['group:groupid']},

Buckets, collections and records have permissions which can be edited. For instance to give access to “leplatrem” to a specific record, you would do:

record = client.get_record(1234, collection='todos', bucket='alexis')

# During creation, it is possible to pass the permissions dict.
client.create_record(data={'foo': 'bar'}, permissions={})

Get or create

In some cases, you might want to create a bucket, collection or record only if it doesn’t exist already. To do so, you can pass the if_not_exists=True to the create_* methods:

client.create_bucket('bucket', if_not_exists=True)

Overwriting existing objects

Most of the methods take a safe argument, which defaults to True. If set to True and a if_match field is present in the passed data, then a check will be added to the requests to ensure the record wasn’t modified on the server side in the meantime.

Batching operations

Rather than issuing a request for each and every operation, it is possible to batch the requests. The client will then issue as little requests as possible.

Currently, batching operations only supports write operations, so it is not possible to do the retrieval of information inside a batch.

It is possible to do batch requests using a Python context manager (with):

with client.batch() as batch:
    for idx in range(0,100):
        batch.update_record(data={'id': idx})

A batch object shares the same methods as another client.

Retry on error

When the server is throttled (under heavy load or maintenance) it can return error responses.

The client can hence retry to send the same request until it succeeds. To enable this, specify the number of retries on the client:

client = Client(server_url='http://localhost:8888/v1',

The Kinto protocol lets the server define the duration in seconds between retries. It is possible (but not recommended) to force this value in the clients:

client = Client(server_url='http://localhost:8888/v1',

Generating endpoint paths

You may want to generate some endpoint paths, you can use the get_endpoint utility to do so:

client = Client(server_url='http://localhost:8888/v1',
                auth=('token', 'your-token'),

# '/buckets/payments/collections/receipts/records/c6894b2c-1856-11e6-9415-3c970ede22b0'

Command-line scripts

In order to have common arguments and options for scripts, some utilities are provided to ease configuration and initialization of client from command-line arguments.

import argparse
import logging

from kinto_http import cli_utils

logger = logging.getLogger(__name__)

if __name__ == "__main__":
    parser = argparse.ArgumentParser(description="Download records")

    args = parser.parse_args()

    cli_utils.setup_logger(logger, args)

    logger.debug("Instantiate Kinto client.")
    client = cli_utils.create_client_from_args(args)"Fetch records.")
    records = client.get_records()
    logger.warn("%s records." % len(records))

The script now accepts basic options:

$ python --help

usage: [-h] [-s SERVER] [-a AUTH] [-b BUCKET] [-c COLLECTION] [-v]
                  [-q] [-D]

Download records

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -s SERVER, --server SERVER
                        The location of the remote server (with prefix)
  -a AUTH, --auth AUTH  BasicAuth token:my-secret
  -b BUCKET, --bucket BUCKET
                        Bucket name.
  -c COLLECTION, --collection COLLECTION
                        Collection name.
  -v, --verbose         Show all messages.
  -q, --quiet           Show only critical errors.
  -D, --debug           Show all messages, including debug messages.

Run tests

In one terminal, run a Kinto server:

$ make runkinto

In another, run the tests against it:

$ make tests

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