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A Python wrapper for the Amazon Product Advertising API.

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The Product Advertising API provides programmatic access to Amazon’s product selection and discovery functionality so that developers like you can advertise Amazon products to monetize your website.

The Product Advertising API helps you advertise Amazon products using product search and look up capability, product information and features such as Customer Reviews, Similar Products, Wish Lists and New and Used listings. You can make money using the Product Advertising API to advertise Amazon products in conjunction with the Amazon Associates program. Be sure to join the Amazon Associates program to earn up to 15% in referral fees when the users you refer to Amazon sites buy qualifying products.

More info can be found at


This module offers a light-weight access to the latest version of the Amazon Product Advertising API without getting in your way. All requests are signed as required since August 15, 2009.


In order to install python-amazon-product-api you can use:

easy_install python-amazon-product-api

or download the source package from, untar it and run

python install

You’ll also find binaries there to make your life easier if you happen to use a Windows system.

Basic usage

In order to use this API you’ll obviously need an Amazon Associates Web Service account for which you must with Amazon at Each account contains an AWSAccessKeyId and a SecretKey.

The API itself can used like this:

AWS_KEY = '...'
SECRET_KEY = '...'

node = api.item_search('Books', Publisher='Galileo Press')

The node object returned is a lxml.objectified element. All its content can be accessed using the lxml.objectify API:

# .pyval will convert the node content into int here
total_results = root.Items.TotalResults.pyval
total_pages = root.Items.TotalPages.pyval

# get all books from result set and
# print author and title
for book in node.Items.Item:
    print '%s: "%s"' % (book.ItemAttributes.Author,

Please refer to the lxml.objectify documentation for more examples.


This module is still undergoing development. The support for the Amazon Product API is currently limited to a number of operations. More functionality is to follow as development progresses.

Supported so far are:

  • ItemLookup

  • ItemSearch

  • SimilarityLookup


Development happens over at Feel free to clone the repository and add your own features. If you like what you see, drop me a line at basti at redtoad dot de.

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