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pyopenkeyval: A simple interface to

Project Description is a service for easily storing and retrieving key/value pairs via HTTP. pyopenkeyval is a Python interface to this service, presented as a dict-like object that accesses data on OpenKeyval.


$ sudo python install


Normal usage

from pyopenkeyval import pyopenkeyval
okv = pyopenkeyval()
okv['example'] = 'Hello, online key/value storage!'
print okv['example']

If you need the result from storing a value, use the store() method instead:

result ='example', 'Hello, online key/value storage!')
print result['read_only_key']

To check if a key has a value, use the in keyword. Note that this will also cache the value if caching is activated.

if 'example' in okv:

Deleting keys

To delete a key, either set its value to ‘’ or use the del keyword:

del okv['example']


If you want to cache retrieved values locally, set the cache_time argument when constructing the pyopenkeyval object. This specifies the number of seconds to cache individual values.

okv = pyopenkeyval(cache_time=60)

To clear the cache completely at any time, call the clear_cache() method.

SSL support also supports SSL over HTTPS for more secure transfer of data. To use SSL, set the ssl argument to True.

okv = pyopenkeyval(ssl=True)

Note that the HTTP och HTTPS versions of are completely separate. Values set in one can’t be fetched from the other.

Python 3

pyopenkeyval is since version 0.3 compatible with Python 3. It must, however, either be installed using (as described above) before use, or manually be converted using the 2to3 tool.

Also note that values fetched will be returned as bytes. To use these as strings, call the .decode() method on them first. When setting values, either str or bytes can be used.


Python 2.5 and lower require simplejson to be installed.

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