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Python command line tool and API for file transfers with

Project description

Welcome to pyfilemail’s documentation!

Pyfilemail is a command line tool and API for sending and recieving files with Filemail based on requests and filemail’s API.

To avoid nagging about API KEY you should register and get one here. If you register for a paid plan you unlock all features and will be able to add/delete/update your transfers/contacts/group/company settings. Without registering you’ll still be able to send files as a free plan user but remember to use the --free argument in the command line tool.

For more info on the different plans please go to Filemail

I’ve tried to keep this api as simple as possible and rely on filemail’s own validation of data to keep you all in check :) The reason for this is that I don’t work at filemail and have no insight in what validation they have for the data passed. It also saves me a lot of head ache writing rock solid validation code and I think this is a more flexible way of doing it if the Filemail team decides to change the API in any way.

Appart from pyfilemail.User and pyfilemail.Transfer classes, all return objects from filemail are dict objects based on json responses.

So far this has been developed and tested on Ubuntu 16.04. I’ll try to get my hands on a Windows and OSX machine and addapt the code to make sure it works there as well.

API documentation is available at readthedocs

Any feedback is more than welcome and please report bugs through github


pip install pyfilemail


I use this software myself and have not yet experienced broken files, but I take no responsibility for the files sent or received using pyfilemail whether it comes to content or state of files passing through. Pyfilemail is still work in progress and parts of the API might change as I develop and test it further.

Command line example

pyfilemail \
--from \
--to \
--free \
--subject "Amazing document!" \
--message "Have you seen how amazingly big this document is?" \
--payload /path/to/file.ext /path/to/folder/


You can add the API KEY to the local config file with the --add-api-key argumet.

pyfilemail --add-api-key YOUR-API-KEY-FROM-FILEMAIL


You may use a .netrc file to store login information. Make sure you restrict access to only allow your own user to read it.

#$HOME/.netrc example:
        password topsecretpassword

Command line help

usage: pyfilemail [-h] [--version] [--add-api-key ADD_API_KEY] [--free] [-nc]
              [--compress] [--confirm] [--quiet] [--days 3]
              [--downloads 0] [--message MESSAGE] [--notify]
              [--subject SUBJECT]
              [--to [ ...]]
              [--password PASSWORD] [--from USERNAME] [--store-password]
              [--delete-password] [--payload PAYLOAD [PAYLOAD ...]]

Command line Filemail transfer through Python

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  --version             show program's version number and exit
  --add-api-key ADD_API_KEY
                        Add API KEY from Filemail to local config file
  --free                Send files without a registered Filemail account
  -nc, --no-checksum    Skip calculating checksum on added files
  --compress            Compress (ZIP) data before sending?
  --confirm             Email confirmation after sending the files?
  --quiet               Log only warnings to console
  --days 3              Number of days the file(s) are available for download
  --downloads 0         Number of times the file(s) may be downloaded.
  --message MESSAGE     Message to the recipient(s) of the transfer
  --notify              Notify when recipients download your files?
  --subject SUBJECT     Subject of email sent with transfer
  --to [ ...]
                        Recipient(s) of the transfer (email addresses)
  --password PASSWORD   Protect transfer with the supplied password
  --from USERNAME       Your email address
  --store-password      Store user password in keychain if available
  --delete-password     Delete password stored in keychain
  --payload PAYLOAD [PAYLOAD ...]
                        File(s) and/or folder(s) to transfer

Python API examples

import pyfilemail

# Setup a transfer

# Initialize Filemail with as free (as in free beer) user
user = pyfilemail.User(username='')

transfer = pyfilemail.Transfer(user,
                               subject='My BIG file no email can handle',
                               message='You will not belive the speed of this download!',

# Add a single file to transfer queue

# Add multiple files
list_of_files = ['/path/to/my/BIG_file_1.ext',


# Send files to recipient(s)

# Login to a registered Filemail account
user = pyfilemail.User(username='',

# List all prior transfers
transfers = user.get_sent(expired=True)

# Get contacts

# Get one single contact
contact = user.get_contact('')

# Update that contact
contact['name'] = 'Mr. Orange'

# Delete contact
unfriendly = user.get_contact('')

# Download received transfers for the past 7 days
transfers = user.get_received(age=7)
for transfer in transfers:'/home/myname/Downloads')

# Logout

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