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Python package for controlling Neato pybotvac Connected vacuum robot

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This is an unofficial API for controlling Neato Botvac Connected vacuum robots. The code is based on and credit for reverse engineering the API goes to Lars Brillert @kangguru


This API is experimental. Use at your own risk. Feel free to contribute if things are not working.


Install using pip

pip install pybotvac

Alternatively, clone the repository and run

python install



If the serial and secret for your robot is known, simply run

>>> from pybotvac import Robot
>>> robot = Robot('OPS01234-0123456789AB', '0123456789ABCDEF0123456789ABCDEF', 'my_robot_name')
>>> print(robot)
Name: sample_robot, Serial: OPS01234-0123456789AB, Secret: 0123456789ABCDEF0123456789ABCDEF

The format of the serial should be 'OPSxxxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx', and the secret should be a string of hex characters 32 characters long. These can be found by using the Account class.

To start cleaning


If no exception occurred, your robot should now get to work.

Currently the following methods are available in the Robot class:

  • get_robot_state()
  • start_cleaning()
  • start_spot_cleaning()
  • pause_cleaning()
  • stop_cleaning()
  • send_to_base()
  • enable_schedule()
  • disable_schedule()
  • get_schedule()

For convenience, properties exist for state and schedule

# Get state
state = robot.state

# Check if schedule is enabled

# Disable schedule
robot.schedule_enabled = False


If the serial and secret is unknown, they can be retrieved using the Account class.

>>> from pybotvac import Account
>>> # List all robots associated with account
>>> for robot in Account('', 'sample_password').robots:

Name: my_robot_name, Serial: OPS01234-0123456789AB, Secret: 0123456789ABCDEF0123456789ABCDEF, Traits: ['maps']

Information about maps and download of maps can be done from the Account class:

>>> from pybotvac import Account
>>> # List all maps associated with a specific robot
>>> for map_info in Account('', 'sample_password').maps:

A cleaning map can be downloaded with the account class. Returns the raw image response. Example shows latest map. You need the url from the map output to do that:

>>> from pybotvac import Account
>>> # List all maps associated with a specific robot
>>> map = Account('', 'sample_password').maps
>>> download_link = map['robot_serial']['maps'][0]['url']
    Account('', 'sample_password').get_map_image('download_link')

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