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Python library to connect to Octopart

Project description

A simple Python client frontend to the Octopart public REST API.

For detailed API documentation, refer to the Octopart APIv2 documentation

This is a fork of Joe Baker’s work, and this fork is incompatible with Python 2 distributions!

You’ll find the sources of this project over



just do:

python3 install

and it’ll be available from your python REPL:

% python3
>>> from pyoctopart.octopart import Octopart
>>> o = Octopart.api(apikey="yourapikey")

when the lib will be considered stable enough, I’ll upload it to pipy:

% pip install pyoctopart


if you just want to develop, you can do:

% buildout

which will download dependencies and deploy a python command in bin/:

% bin/python3
>>> from pyoctopart.octopart import Octopart
>>> o = Octopart.api(apikey="yourapikey")

You can run regression tests using:

% bin/test


API v3 conversion

At the time being only three methods have been switched to the new API:


And the tests will need to be updated. Those methods are the only one being used in the `pyparts <>`_ project, though.

method/argument syntax (for API v3)

A number of arguments in the v3 API are using syntax that are not compatible with python’s syntax, such as include[]=datasheets. To enforce argument’s type checking and stay compatible with the API, the arguments are converted as booleans replacing the assignment with an underscore, making it include_datasheets, so for the Part model you have the following matches:


include_short_description     → include[]=short_description
include_datasheets            → include[]=datasheets
include_compliance_documents  → include[]=compliante_documents
include_descriptions          → include[]=descriptions
include_imagesets             → include[]=imagesets
include_specs                 → include[]=specs
include_category_uids         → include[]=category_uids
include_external_links        → include[]=external_links
include_reference_designs     → include[]=reference_designs
include_cad_models            → include[]=cad_models


show_uid                      → show[]=uid
show_mpn                      → show[]=mpn
show_manufacturer             → show[]=manufacturer
show_brand                    → show[]=brand
show_octopart_url             → show[]=octopart_url
show_offers                   → show[]=offers
show_broker_listings          → show[]=broker_listings
show_short_description        → show[]=short_description
show_datasheets               → show[]=datasheets
show_compliance_documents     → show[]=compliante_documents
show_descriptions             → show[]=descriptions
show_imagesets                → show[]=imagesets
show_specs                    → show[]=specs
show_category_uids            → show[]=category_uids
show_external_links           → show[]=external_links
show_reference_designs        → show[]=reference_designs
show_cad_models               → show[]=cad_models


hide_uid                      → hide[]=uid
hide_mpn                      → hide[]=mpn
hide_manufacturer             → hide[]=manufacturer
hide_brand                    → hide[]=brand
hide_octopart_url             → hide[]=octopart_url
hide_offers                   → hide[]=offers
hide_broker_listings          → hide[]=broker_listings
hide_short_description        → hide[]=short_description
hide_datasheets               → hide[]=datasheets
hide_compliance_documents     → hide[]=compliante_documents
hide_descriptions             → hide[]=descriptions
hide_imagesets                → hide[]=imagesets
hide_specs                    → hide[]=specs
hide_category_uids            → hide[]=category_uids
hide_external_links           → hide[]=external_links
hide_reference_designs        → hide[]=reference_designs
hide_cad_models               → hide[]=cad_models

As a reference, check the include/show/hide directives sections of the manual.

method/argument syntax (for API v2)

There are a number of arguments in the Octopart API documentation which contain periods in their names. When passing these arguments from Python, substitute an underscore for any periods.

Similarly, substitute underscores for backslashes in method names.

For example:

>>> o = Octopart()
>>> o.parts_get(1881614252472, optimize.hide_datasheets=True)
SyntaxError: keyword can't be an expression

Instead, pass the argument as:
>>> o.parts_get(1881614252472, optimize_hide_datasheets=True)

The library will perform the translation internally.


  • [x] switch to python 3

  • [x] create buildout build

  • [x] use function annotations

  • [o] switch to v3 API

  • [ ] improve and fix tests


  • Forked by Bernard Guyzmo Pratz

  • Originally authored by Joe Baker


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