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PyiCloud is a module which allows pythonistas to interact with iCloud webservices.

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PyiCloud is a module which allows pythonistas to interact with iCloud webservices. It’s powered by the fantastic requests HTTP library.

At its core, PyiCloud connects to iCloud using your username and password, then performs calendar and iPhone queries against their API.


Authentication is as simple as passing your username and password to the PyiCloudService class:

>>> from pyicloud import PyiCloudService
>>> api = PyiCloudService('', 'password')

In the event that the username/password combination is invalid, a PyiCloudFailedLoginException exception is thrown.


You can list which devices associated with your account by using the devices property:

>>> api.devices
u'i9vbKRGIcLYqJnXMd1b257kUWnoyEBcEh6yM+IfmiMLh7BmOpALS+w==': <AppleDevice(iPhone 4S: Johnny Appleseed's iPhone)>,
u'reGYDh9XwqNWTGIhNBuEwP1ds0F/Lg5t/fxNbI4V939hhXawByErk+HYVNSUzmWV': <AppleDevice(MacBook Air 11": Johnny Appleseed's MacBook Air)>

and you can access individual devices by either their index, or their ID:

>>> api.devices[0]
<AppleDevice(iPhone 4S: Johnny Appleseed's iPhone)>
>>> api.devices['i9vbKRGIcLYqJnXMd1b257kUWnoyEBcEh6yM+IfmiMLh7BmOpALS+w==']
<AppleDevice(iPhone 4S: Johnny Appleseed's iPhone)>

or, as a shorthand if you have only one associated apple device, you can simply use the iphone property to access the first device associated with your account:

>>> api.iphone
<AppleDevice(iPhone 4S: Johnny Appleseed's iPhone)>

Note: the first device associated with your account may not necessarily be your iPhone.

Find My iPhone

Once you have successfully authenticated, you can start querying your data!


Returns the device’s last known location. The Find My iPhone app must have been installed and initialized.

>>> api.iphone.location()
{u'timeStamp': 1357753796553, u'locationFinished': True, u'longitude': -0.14189, u'positionType': u'GPS', u'locationType': None, u'latitude': 51.501364, u'isOld': False, u'horizontalAccuracy': 5.0}


The Find My iPhone response is quite bloated, so for simplicity’s sake this method will return a subset of the properties.

>>> api.iphone.status()
{'deviceDisplayName': u'iPhone 5', 'deviceStatus': u'200', 'batteryLevel': 0.6166913, 'name': u"Peter's iPhone"}

If you wish to request further properties, you may do so by passing in a list of property names.

Play Sound

Sends a request to the device to play a sound, if you wish pass a custom message you can do so by changing the subject arg.

>>> api.iphone.play_sound()

A few moments later, the device will play a ringtone, display the default notification (“Find My iPhone Alert”) and a confirmation email will be sent to you.

Lost Mode

Lost mode is slightly different to the “Play Sound” functionality in that it allows the person who picks up the phone to call a specific phone number without having to enter the passcode. Just like “Play Sound” you may pass a custom message which the device will display, if it’s not overridden the custom message of “This iPhone has been lost. Please call me.” is used.

>>> phone_number = '555-373-383'
>>> message = 'Thief! Return my phone immediately.'
>>> api.iphone.lost_device(phone_number, message)


The calendar webservice currently only supports fetching events.


Returns this month’s events:


Or, between a specific date range:

>>> from_dt = datetime(2012, 1, 1)
>>> to_dt = datetime(2012, 1, 31)
>>>, to_dt)

Alternatively, you may fetch a single event’s details, like so:

>>> api.calendar.get_event_detail('CALENDAR', 'EVENT_ID')

File Storage (Ubiquity)

You can access documents stored in your iCloud account by using the files property’s dir method:

>>> api.files.dir()

You can access children and their children’s children using the filename as an index:

>>> api.files['com~apple~Notes']
<Folder: u'com~apple~Notes'>
>>> api.files['com~apple~Notes'].type
>>> api.files['com~apple~Notes'].dir()
>>> api.files['com~apple~Notes']['Documents'].dir()
[u'Some Document']
>>> api.files['com~apple~Notes']['Documents']['Some Document'].name
u'Some Document'
>>> api.files['com~apple~Notes']['Documents']['Some Document'].modified
datetime.datetime(2012, 9, 13, 2, 26, 17)
>>> api.files['com~apple~Notes']['Documents']['Some Document'].size
>>> api.files['com~apple~Notes']['Documents']['Some Document'].type

And when you have a file that you’d like to download, the open method will return a response object from which you can read the content.

>>> api.files['com~apple~Notes']['Documents']['Some Document'].open().content
'Hello, these are the file contents'

Note: the object returned from the above open method is a response object and the open method can accept any parameters you might normally use in a request using requests.

For example, if you know that the file you’re opening has JSON content:

>>> api.files['com~apple~Notes']['Documents']['information.json'].open().json()
{'How much we love you': 'lots'}
>>> api.files['com~apple~Notes']['Documents']['information.json'].open().json()['How much we love you']

Or, if you’re downloading a particularly large file, you may want to use the stream keyword argument, and read directly from the raw response object:

>>> download = api.files['com~apple~Notes']['Documents'][''].open(stream=True)
>>> with open('', 'wb') as opened_file:

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