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A simple python library to interact with Microsoft Graph and Office 365 API

Project description

pyo365 - Microsoft Graph and Office 365 API made easy

This project aims is to make it easy to interact with Microsoft Graph and Office 365 Email, Contacts, Calendar, OneDrive, etc.

This project is inspired on the super work done by Toben Archer Python-O365. The oauth part is based on the work done by Royce Melborn which is now integrated with the original project.

I just want to make this project different in almost every sense, and make it also more pythonic. So I ended up rewriting the whole project from scratch.

The result is a package that provides a lot of the Microsoft Graph and Office 365 API capabilities.

This is for example how you send a message:

from pyo365 import Account

credentials = ('client_id', 'client_secret')

account = Account(credentials)
m = account.new_message()'')
m.subject = 'Testing!'
m.body = "George Best quote: I've stopped drinking, but only while I'm asleep."

Python 3.4 is the minimum required... I was very tempted to just go for 3.6 and use f-strings. Those are fantastic!

This project was also a learning resource for me. This is a list of not so common python characteristics used in this project:

  • New unpacking technics: def method(argument, *, with_name=None, **other_params):
  • Enums: from enum import Enum
  • Factory paradigm
  • Package organization
  • Timezone conversion and timezone aware datetimes
  • Etc. (see the code!)

This project is in early development. Changes that can break your code may be commited. If you want to help please feel free to fork and make pull requests.

What follows is kind of a wiki... but you will get more insights by looking at the code.

Table of contents


pyo365 is available on Simply run pip install pyo365 to install it.

Project dependencies installed by pip:

  • requests
  • requests-oauthlib
  • beatifulsoup4
  • stringcase
  • python-dateutil
  • tzlocal
  • pytz

The first step to be able to work with this library is to register an application and retrieve the auth token. See Authentication.


Protocols handles the aspects of comunications between different APIs. This project uses by default either the Office 365 APIs or Microsoft Graph APIs. But, you can use many other Microsoft APIs as long as you implement the protocol needed.

You can use one or the other:

Both protocols are similar but the Graph one has access to more resources (for example OneDrive). It also depends on the api version used.

The default protocol used by the Account Class is MSGraphProtocol.

You can implement your own protocols by inheriting from Protocol to communicate with other Microsoft APIs.

You can instantiate protocols like this:

from pyo365 import MSGraphProtocol

# try the api version beta of the Microsoft Graph endpoint.
protocol = MSGraphProtocol(api_version='beta')  # MSGraphProtocol defaults to v1.0 api version

Each API endpoint requires a resource. This usually defines the owner of the data. Every protocol defaults to resource 'ME'. 'ME' is the user which has given consent, but you can change this behaviour by providing a different default resource to the protocol constructor.

For example when accesing a shared mailbox:

# ...
account = Account(credentials=my_credentials, main_resource='')
# Any instance created using account will inherit the resource defined for account.

This can be done however at any point. For example at the protocol level:

# ...
my_protocol = MSGraphProtocol(default_resource='')

account = Account(credentials=my_credentials, protocol=my_protocol)

# now account is accesing the in every api call.
shared_mailbox_messages = account.mailbox().get_messages()

Instead of defining the resource used at the account or protocol level, you can provide it per use case as follows:

# ...
account = Account(credentials=my_credentials)  # account defaults to 'ME' resource

mailbox = account.mailbox('')  # mailbox is using '' resource instead of 'ME'

# or:

message = Message(parent=account, main_resource='')  # message is using '' resource

Usually you will work with the default 'ME' resuorce, but you can also use one of the following:

  • 'me': the user which has given consent. the default for every protocol.
  • '': a shared mailbox or a user account for which you have permissions. If you don't provide 'user:' will be infered anyways.
  • 'sharepoint:sharepoint-site-id': a sharepoint site id.
  • 'group:group-site-id': a office365 group id.


You can only authenticate using oauth athentication as Microsoft deprecated basic oauth on November 1st 2018.

  • Oauth authentication: using an authentication token provided after user consent.

The Connection Class handles the authentication.

Oauth Authentication

This section is explained using Microsoft Graph Protocol, almost the same applies to the Office 365 REST API.

Permissions and Scopes:

When using oauth you create an application and allow some resources to be accesed and used by it's users. Then the user can request access to one or more of this resources by providing scopes to the oauth provider.

For example your application can have Calendar.Read, Mail.ReadWrite and Mail.Send permissions, but the application can request access only to the Mail.ReadWrite and Mail.Send permission. This is done by providing scopes to the connection object like so:

from pyo365 import Connection

credentials = ('client_id', 'client_secret')

scopes = ['', '']

con = Connection(credentials, scopes=scopes)

Scope implementation depends on the protocol used. So by using protocol data you can automatically set the scopes needed:

You can get the same scopes as before using protocols like this:

protocol_graph = MSGraphProtocol()

scopes_graph = protocol.get_scopes_for('message all')
# scopes here are: ['', '']

protocol_office = MSOffice365Protocol()

scopes_office = protocol.get_scopes_for('message all')
# scopes here are: ['', '']

con = Connection(credentials, scopes=scopes_graph)
Authentication Flow
  1. To work with oauth you first need to register your application at Microsoft Application Registration Portal.

    1. Login at Microsoft Application Registration Portal
    2. Create an app, note your app id (client_id)
    3. Generate a new password (client_secret) under "Application Secrets" section
    4. Under the "Platform" section, add a new Web platform and set "" as the redirect URL
    5. Under "Microsoft Graph Permissions" section, add the delegated permissions you want (see scopes), as an example, to read and send emails use:
      1. Mail.ReadWrite
      2. Mail.Send
      3. User.Read
  2. Then you need to login for the first time to get the access token by consenting the application to access the resources it needs.

    1. First get the authorization url.

      url = account.connection.get_authorization_url()
    2. The user must visit this url and give consent to the application. When consent is given, the page will rediret to: "".

      Then the user must copy the resulting page url and give it to the connection object:

      result_url = input('Paste the result url here...')
      account.connection.request_token(result_url)  # This, if succesful, will store the token in a txt file on the user project folder.

      Take care, the access token must remain protected from unauthorized users.

    3. At this point you will have an access token that will provide valid credentials when using the api. If you change the scope requested, then the current token won't work, and you will need the user to give consent again on the application to gain access to the new scopes requested.

    The access token only lasts 60 minutes, but the app will automatically request new tokens through the refresh tokens, but note that a refresh token only lasts for 90 days. So you must use it before or you will need to request a new access token again (no new consent needed by the user, just a login).

    If your application needs to work for more than 90 days without user interaction and without interacting with the API, then you must implement a periodic call to Connection.refresh_token before the 90 days have passed.

Using pyo365 to authenticate

You can manually authenticate by using a single Connection instance as described before or use the helper methods provided by the library.

  1. account.authenticate:

    This is the preferred way for performing authentication.

    Create an Account instance and authenticate using the authenticate method:

    from pyo365 import Account
    account = Account(credentials=('client_id', 'client_secret'))
    result = account.authenticate(scopes=['basic', 'message_all'])  # request a token for this scopes
    # this will ask to visit the app consent screen where the user will be asked to give consent on the requested scopes.
    # then the user will have to provide the result url afeter consent. 
    # if all goes as expected, result will be True and a token will be stored in the default location.
  2. oauth_authentication_flow:

    from pyo365 import oauth_authentication_flow
    result = oauth_authentication_flow('client_id', 'client_secret', ['scopes_required'])

Account Class and Modularity

Usually you will only need to work with the Account Class. This is a wrapper around all functionality.

But you can also work only with the pieces you want.

For example, instead of:

from pyo365 import Account

account = Account(('client_id', 'client_secret'))
message = account.new_message()
# ...
mailbox = account.mailbox()
# ...

You can work only with the required pieces:

from pyo365 import Connection, MSGraphProtocol, Message, MailBox

my_protocol = MSGraphProtocol()
con = Connection(('client_id', 'client_secret'))

message = Message(con=con, protocol=my_protocol)
# ...
mailbox = MailBox(con=con, protocol=my_protocol)
message2 = Message(parent=mailbox)  # message will inherit the connection and protocol from mailbox when using parent.
# ...

It's also easy to implement a custom Class.

Just Inherit from ApiComponent, define the endpoints, and use the connection to make requests. If needed also inherit from Protocol to handle different comunications aspects with the API server.

from pyo365.utils import ApiComponent 

class CustomClass(ApiComponent):
    _endpoints = {'my_url_key': '/customendpoint'}

    def __init__(self, *, parent=None, con=None, **kwargs):
        super().__init__(parent=parent, con=con, **kwargs)
        # ...

    def do_some_stuff(self):

        # self.build_url just merges the protocol service_url with the enpoint passed as a parameter
        # to change the service_url implement your own protocol inherinting from Protocol Class
        url = self.build_url(self._endpoints.get('my_url_key'))  

        my_params = {'param1': 'param1'}

        response = self.con.get(url, params=my_params)  # note the use of the connection here.

        # handle response and return to the user...


Mailbox groups the funcionality of both the messages and the email folders.

mailbox = account.mailbox()

inbox = mailbox.inbox_folder()

for message in inbox.get_messages():

sent_folder = mailbox.sent_folder()

for message in sent_folder.get_messages():

m = mailbox.new_message()'')
m.body = 'George Best quote: In 1969 I gave up women and alcohol - it was the worst 20 minutes of my life.'

Email Folder

Represents a Folder within your email mailbox.

You can get any folder in your mailbox by requesting child folders or filtering by name.

mailbox = account.mailbox()

archive = mailbox.get_folder(folder_name='archive')  # get a folder with 'archive' name

child_folders = archive.get_folders(25) # get at most 25 child folders of 'archive' folder

for folder in child_folders:
    print(, folder.parent_id)

new_folder = archive.create_child_folder('George Best Quotes')


An email object with all it's data and methods.

Creating a draft message is as easy as this:

message = mailbox.new_message()['', ''])
message.sender.address = ''  # changing the from address
message.body = 'George Best quote: I might go to Alcoholics Anonymous, but I think it would be difficult for me to remain anonymous'
message.save_draft()  # save the message on the cloud as a draft in the drafts folder

Working with saved emails is also easy:

query = mailbox.new_query().on_attribute('subject').contains('george best')  # see Query object in Utils
messages = mailbox.get_messages(limit=25, query=query)

message = messages[0]  # get the first one

reply_msg = message.reply()

if '' in  # magic methods implemented
    reply_msg.body = 'George Best quote: I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.'
    reply_msg.body = 'George Best quote: I used to go missing a lot... Miss Canada, Miss United Kingdom, Miss World.'



AddressBook groups the funcionality of both the Contact Folders and Contacts. Outlook Distribution Groups are not supported (By the Microsoft API's).

Contact Folders

Represents a Folder within your Contacts Section in Office 365. AddressBook class represents the parent folder (it's a folder itself).

You can get any folder in your address book by requesting child folders or filtering by name.

address_book = account.address_book()

contacts = address_book.get_contacts(limit=None)  # get all the contacts in the Personal Contacts root folder

work_contacts_folder = address_book.get_folder(folder_name='Work Contacts')  # get a folder with 'Work Contacts' name

message_to_all_contats_in_folder = work_contacts_folder.new_message()  # creates a draft message with all the contacts as recipients

message_to_all_contats_in_folder.subject = 'Hallo!'
message_to_all_contats_in_folder.body = """
George Best quote:

If you'd given me the choice of going out and beating four men and smashing a goal in
from thirty yards against Liverpool or going to bed with Miss World,
it would have been a difficult choice. Luckily, I had both.

# querying folders is easy:
child_folders = address_book.get_folders(25) # get at most 25 child folders

for folder in child_folders:
    print(, folder.parent_id)

# creating a contact folder:
address_book.create_child_folder('new folder')

The Global Address List

Office 365 API (Nor MS Graph API) has no concept such as the Outlook Global Address List. However you can use the Users API to access all the users within your organization.

Without admin consent you can only access a few properties of each user such as name and email and litte more. You can search by name or retrieve a contact specifying the complete email.

  • Basic Permision needed is Users.ReadBasic.All (limit info)
  • Full Permision is Users.Read.All but needs admin consent.

To search the Global Address List (Users API):

global_address_list = account.address_book(address_book='gal')

# start a new query:
q = global_address_list.new_query('display_name')
q.startswith('George Best')


To retrieve a contact by it's email:

contact = global_address_list.get_contact_by_email('')


Everything returned from an AddressBook instance is a Contact instance. Contacts have all the information stored as attributes

Creating a contact from an AddressBook:

new_contact = address_book.new_contact() = 'George Best'
new_contact.job_title = 'football player'
new_contact.emails.add('')  # saved on the cloud

message = new_contact.new_message()  #  Bonus: send a message to this contact

# ...

new_contact.delete()  # Bonus: deteled from the cloud


The calendar and events functionality is group in a Schedule object.

A Schedule instance can list and create calendars. It can also list or create events on the default user calendar. To use other calendars use a Calendar instance.

Working with the Schedule instance:

import datetime as dt

# ...
schedule = account.schedule()

new_event = schedule.new_event()  # creates a new event in the user default calendar
new_event.subject = 'Recruit George Best!'
new_event.location = 'England'

# naive datetimes will automatically be converted to timezone aware datetime
#  objects using the local timezone detected or the protocol provided timezone

new_event.start = dt.datetime(2018, 9, 5, 19, 45) 
# so new_event.start becomes: datetime.datetime(2018, 9, 5, 19, 45, tzinfo=<DstTzInfo 'Europe/Paris' CEST+2:00:00 DST>)

new_event.recurrence.set_daily(1, end=dt.datetime(2018, 9, 10))
new_event.remind_before_minutes = 45

Working with Calendar instances:

calendar = schedule.get_calendar(calendar_name='Birthdays') = 'Football players birthdays'

q = calendar.new_query('start').ge(dt.datetime(2018, 5, 20)).chain('and').on_attribute('end').le(dt.datetime(2018, 5, 24))

birthdays = calendar.get_events(query=q)

for event in birthdays:
    if event.subject == 'George Best Birthday':
        # He died in 2005... but we celebrate anyway!
        event.accept("I'll attend!")  # send a response accepting
        event.decline("No way I'm comming, I'll be in Spain", send_response=False)  # decline the event but don't send a reponse to the organizer


The Storage class handles all functionality around One Drive and Document Library Storage in Sharepoint.

The Storage instance allows to retrieve Drive instances which handles all the Files and Folders from within the selected Storage. Usually you will only need to work with the default drive. But the Storage instances can handle multiple drives.

A Drive will allow you to work with Folders and Files.

account = Account(credentials=my_credentials)

storage =  # here we get the storage instance that handles all the storage options.

# list all the drives:
drives = storage.get_drives()

# get the default drive
my_drive = storage.get_default_drive()  # or get_drive('drive-id')

# get some folders:
root_folder = my_drive.get_root_folder()
attachments_folder = my_drive.get_special_folder('attachments')

# iterate over the first 25 items on the root folder
for item in root_folder.get_items(limit=25):
    if item.is_folder:
        print(item.get_items(2))  # print the first to element on this folder.
    elif item.is_file:
        if item.is_photo:
            print(item.camera_model)  # print some metadata of this photo
        elif item.is_image:
            print(item.dimensione)  # print the image dimensions
            # regular file:
            print(item.mime_type)  # print the mime type

Both Files and Folders are DriveItems. Both Image and Photo are Files, but Photo is also an Image. All have some different methods and properties. Take care when using 'is_xxxx'.

When coping a DriveItem the api can return a direct copy of the item or a pointer to a resource that will inform on the progress of the copy operation.

# copy a file to the documents special folder

documents_folder = drive.get_special_folder('documents')

files ='george best quotes', limit=1)

if files:
    george_best_quotes = files[0]
    operation = george_best_quotes.copy(target=documents_folder)  # operation here is an instance of CopyOperation

    # to check for the result just loop over check_status.
    # check_status is a generator that will yield a new status and progress until the file is finally copied
    for status, progress in operation.check_status():  # if it's an async operations, this will request to the api for the status in every loop
        print('{} - {}'.format(status, progress))  # prints 'in progress - 77.3' until finally completed: 'completed - 100.0'
    copied_item = operation.get_item()  # the copy operation is completed so you can get the item.
    if copied_item:
        copied_item.delete()  # ... oops!

You can also work with share permissions:

current_permisions = file.get_permissions()  # get all the current permissions on this drive_item (some may be inherited)

# share with link
permission = file.share_with_link(share_type='edit')
if permission:
    print(permission.share_link)  # the link you can use to share this drive item
# share with invite
permission = file.share_with_invite(recipients='', send_email=True, message='Greetings!!', share_type='edit')
if permission:
    print(permission.granted_to)  # the person you share this item with

You can also:

# download files:'/quotes/')

# upload files:

# if the uploaded file is bigger than 4MB the file will be uploaded in chunks of 5 MB until completed.
# this can take several requests and can be time consuming.
uploaded_file = folder.upload_file(item='path_to_my_local_file')

# restore versions:
versiones = file.get_versions()
for version in versions:
    if == '2.0':
        version.restore()  # restore the version 2.0 of this file

# ... and much more ...


Work in progress



When using certain methods, it is possible that you request more items than the api can return in a single api call. In this case the Api, returns a "next link" url where you can pull more data.

When this is the case, the methods in this library will return a Pagination object which abstracts all this into a single iterator. The pagination object will request "next links" as soon as they are needed.

For example:

maibox = account.mailbox()

messages = mailbox.get_messages(limit=1500)  # the Office 365 and MS Graph API have a 999 items limit returned per api call.

# Here messages is a Pagination instance. It's an Iterator so you can iterate over.

# The first 999 iterations will be normal list iterations, returning one item at a time.
# When the iterator reaches the 1000 item, the Pagination instance will call the api again requesting exactly 500 items
# or the items specified in the batch parameter (see later).

for message in messages:

When using certain methods you will have the option to specify not only a limit option (the number of items to be returned) but a batch option. This option will indicate the method to request data to the api in batches until the limit is reached or the data consumed. This is usefull when you want to optimize memory or network latency.

For example:

messages = mailbox.get_messages(limit=100, batch=25)

# messages here is a Pagination instance
# when iterating over it will call the api 4 times (each requesting 25 items).

for message in messages:  # 100 loops with 4 requests to the api server

The Query helper

When using the Office 365 API you can filter some fields. This filtering is tedious as is using Open Data Protocol (OData).

Every ApiComponent (such as MailBox) implements a new_query method that will return a Query instance. This Query instance can handle the filtering (and sorting and selecting) very easily.

For example:

query = mailbox.new_query()

query = query.on_attribute('subject').contains('george best').chain('or').startswith('quotes')

# 'created_date_time' will automatically be converted to the protocol casing.
# For example when using MS Graph this will become 'createdDateTime'.

query = query.chain('and').on_attribute('created_date_time').greater(datetime(2018, 3, 21))


# contains(subject, 'george best') or startswith(subject, 'quotes') and createdDateTime gt '2018-03-21T00:00:00Z'
# note you can pass naive datetimes and those will be converted to you local timezone and then send to the api as UTC in iso8601 format

# To use Query objetcs just pass it to the query parameter:
filtered_messages = mailbox.get_messages(query=query)

You can also specify specific data to be retrieved with "select":

# select only some properties for the retrieved messages:
query = mailbox.new_query().select('subject', 'to_recipients', 'created_date_time')

messages_with_selected_properties = mailbox.get_messages(query=query)

Request Error Handling and Custom Errors

Whenever a Request error raises, the connection object will raise an exception. Then the exception will be captured and logged it to the stdout with it's message, an return Falsy (None, False, [], etc...)

HttpErrors 4xx (Bad Request) and 5xx (Internal Server Error) are considered exceptions and raised also by the connection (you can configure this on the connection).

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