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A bulk upload library for DocumentCloud.

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A Bulk-Upload Library for DocumentCloud

pneumatic is a Python 3 library that adds some luxury and safeguards to the bulk-uploading of hundreds, thousands or hundreds of thousands of files to DocumentCloud. It is meant to do one thing – upload – and serve as an adjunct to, but not a replacement for, the excellent python-documentcloud API wrapper.

pneumatic’s name is inspired by the pneumatic dispatch systems in newsrooms of yore, which featured a series of pneumatic tubes for sending copy from the newsrooms to other departments such as the composing room.


  • Catalogs the API response for each upload in a SQLite database along with the file’s canonical URL.
  • Post-processing, can update the SQLite database with each document’s page count and file hash.
  • Dumps the SQLite data to a CSV if you wish.
  • Prevents inadvertent submission of file types DocumentCloud doesn’t handle, such as audio.

Basic Usage

You will need an active DocumentCloud account and Python 3.5+. First, install via pip:

pip install pneumatic

Example use: To upload all files in a directory (and all sub-directories below it), assign them to an existing project, set the files to public access, and tag each with metadata, run the following code:

from pneumatic import DocumentCloudUploader

uploader = DocumentCloudUploader('', 'your-password')
    data={'type': 'government', 'action': 'lawsuit'})

Please see the full documentation for more examples, including how to access the uploads database.

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