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Command line interface for controlling the Rossum platform

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The elisctl package has been renamed to rossum.
You may want to uninstall elisctl before installing rossum.

đź“ť Consider substituting rossum in your project with the more up-to-date rossum-sdk library.

rossum is a set of tools for Rossum integrators that wrap the Rossum API to provide an easy way to configure and customize a Rossum account programmatically. It is the best buddy when it comes to making requests to Rossum API.


See the rossum setup tutorial for detailed instructions.


Download an installation file from GitHub releases. Install it. And run it either from start menu or from command prompt.

UNIX based systems

Install the package from PyPI:

pip install rossum


Python API Client Library

The rossum library can be used to communicate with Rossum API, instead of using requests library directly. The advantages of using rossum:

  • it contains a function that merges the paginated results into one list so the user does not need to get results page by page and take care of their merging,
  • it takes care of login and logout for the user,
  • it includes many methods for frequent actions that you don't need to write by yourself from scratch,
  • it includes configurable retry logic,
  • in case the API version changes, the change will be implemented to the library by Rossum for all the users.

To make any request to Rossum API, use RossumClient() class wrapper. You can use a Rossum token to log in or use username and password. You need to either pass the credentials including the URL directly to the client, or set ROSSUM_URL envvar and either a token or ROSSUM_USERNAME and ROSSUM_PASSWORD envvars in your code. See the sample script using rossum within a code to export the documents:

import datetime
from rossum.lib.api_client import RossumClient

queue_id = 123456
username = "your_username"
password = "your_password"
endpoint = ""

def export_documents():
    with RossumClient(context=None, user=username, password=password, url=endpoint) as client:
        date_today =
        date_end = date_today
        date_start = date_today - datetime.timedelta(days=1)
        response = client.get(
    if not response.ok:
        raise ValueError(f"Failed to export: {response.status_code}")

if __name__ == "__main__":

API Client command line tool

:warning: CLI functionality is not actively developed anymore.

The rossum tool can be either used in a command line interface mode by executing each command through rossum individually by passing it as an argument, or in an interactive shell mode of executing rossum without parameters and then typing the commands into the shown prompt.

Individual Rossum operations are triggered by passing specific commands to rossum. Commands are organized by object type in a tree-like structure and thus are composed of multiple words (e.g. user create or schema transform).

So either get the list of commands and execute them immediately such as:

rossum --help
rossum configure

or run the interactive shell by simply running


See the sample using rossum command line tool to create the main objects within an organization and
assign a user to a queue:

$ rossum configure
$ rossum workspace create "My New Workspace"
$ rossum queue create "My New Queue Via rossum" -s schema.json -w 12345 --email-prefix my-queue-email --bounce-email
$ rossum user create -q 50117 -g annotator -p my-secret-password-154568
59119, my-secret-password-154568
$ rossum user_assignment add -u 59119 -q 50117

Configure profiles

To run commands described below under a chosen user, it is possible to use profiles defined by configure function such as

rossum --profile profile_name configure

After defining necessary profiles and their credentials, the profile can be chosen the following way

rossum --profile profile_name queue list

Edit Schema

Some of the most common advanced operations are related to setting up the sidebar-describing schema according to business requirements. Using rossum you can edit schema easily as a JSON or XLSX file.

List queues to obtain schema id:

$ rossum queue list
  id  name                           workspace  inbox                                       schema  users
----  ---------------------------  -----------  ----------------------------------------  --------  ----------------------
   6  My Queue 1                             6                    7  27

Download schema as a json:

rossum schema get 7 -O schema.json

Open the schema.json file in you favourite editor and upload modified version back to Rossum.

rossum schema update 7 --rewrite schema.json

You can also edit schema as an Excel (xlsx) file.

rossum schema get 7 --format xlsx -O schema.xlsx
rossum schema update 7 --rewrite schema.xlsx

From now on, documents will follow new schema. (Warning! If you don't use --rewrite option, the new schema will receive a new id - obtain it by queue list again.)

Schema Transformations

In addition, there is a scripting support for many common schema operations, that may be easily used for schema management automation. See rossum schema transform and rossum tools tools for further reference.

Run something like:

$ rossum schema transform substitute-options default_schema.json centre <( \
   rossum tools xls_to_csv ~/Downloads/ERA_osnova_strediska.xlsx --header 0 --sheet 1 | rossum tools csv_to_options - ) \
 | rossum schema transform substitute-options - gl_code <( \
    rossum tools xls_to_csv ~/Downloads/ERA_osnova_strediska.xlsx --header 0 | rossum tools csv_to_options - ) \
 | rossum schema transform remove - contract \
 > era_schema.json




  • Use pre-commit to avoid linting issues.

  • Submit a pull request from forked version of this repo.

  • Select any of the maintainers as a reviewer.

  • After an approved review, when releasing, a Collaborator with Admin role shall do the following in master branch:

    • Update the Changelog in README, describing all the changes included in the newest release

    • run:

      bump2version minor
      git push
      git push --tags
  • In the end, to build a Windows installer, run:

    pynsist installer.cfg
  • Go to releases and upload the newest .exe file from the .build folder of your rossum repository to the newest release


2024-01-25 v3.18.0

  • Fix: Substitute obsolete click function

2024-01-25 v3.17.1

  • Fix: Pin openpyxl dependency to a specific version due to this issue

2024-01-25 v3.17.0

  • Pin openpyxl dependency to allow using Rossum CLI

2024-01-25 v3.16.0

  • Allow using click>8.0.0

2022-08-04 v3.15.0

  • feat(.gitignore): ignore vscode
  • feat(api_client): add email param for user creation
  • feat(tox) add py39 test env
  • ref(README) format file by linter
  • build(pre-commit) update versions

2022-02-18 v3.14.0

  • Ensure compatibility with click<8.1.0

2021-11-1 v3.13.1 and v3.13.2

  • Update setup of the release process for pypi

2021-10-29 v3.13.0

  • Add method for getting annotations
  • Refactor sideloading functionality to enable sideloading of new objects
  • Add sideloading option for get_paginated() method

2021-10-29 v3.12.1

  • Propagate changelogs to the releases

2021-10-24 v3.12.0

  • Allow sending new attributes to API when creating hooks
  • Response is being propagated to the RossumException
  • Added functions to iterate over hook payload easily
  • Fix for library versioning due to incorrectly published tags

2021-09-06 v3.10.0

  • Allow creation of inbox without passing bounce email
  • Allow uploading documents by passing file as bytes to the API client

2021-04-18 v3.9.1

  • Include tenacity library in the Windows build

2021-04-15 v3.9.0

  • Allow filtering specific queue IDs when listing all user's queues

2021-04-06 v3.8.0

  • Allow passing token_owner, test and run_after attributes when creating and changing hook objects

2021-04-01 v3.7.0

  • Applied configurable retry mechanism to all requests done via rossum library
  • Enable assigning annotator_limited role to user

2021-03-04 v3.6.0

  • Allow setting rir_params for queues

2021-01-25 v3.5.0

  • Allow setting custom timeout for APIClient requests
  • Use openpyxl engine for xlsx files reading
  • Apply minor code optimalization fixes

2020-11-16 v3.4.0

  • Create password command

2020-11-11 v3.3.0

  • Allow passing parameters when listing hooks
  • Fix passing metadata when creating a workspace

2020-10-20 v3.2.1

  • Remove Obsoletes-Dist

2020-10-20 v3.2.0

  • Enable creating serverless functions
  • Add method for creating workspaces
  • Allow setting up sideloading on hooks
  • Refactor _request_url() to allow custom logging

2020-09-29 v3.1.0

  • Fix missing library in
  • Remove references to old package names
  • Update

2020-09-29 v3.0.0

  • elisctl was renamed to rossum

2020-07-27 v2.10.1

  • Fix attribute name for setting max token lifetime

2020-07-24 v2.10.0

  • Add schema list command
  • Fix webhook change command issue
  • Remove csv get command
  • Add example script for setting up a new organisation
  • Enable assigning manager role to user
  • Enable setting max token lifetime
  • Catch ValueError when parsing schema in XLSX
  • Fix Python3.8 support

2020-02-18 v2.9.0

  • allow editing inbox attributes separately on queue-related commands
  • add support for can_collapse in xlsx schema
  • add sample usage of elisctl library in a Python code
  • make queue option required on user create

2019-10-31 v2.8.0

  • Add webhook command
  • Allow creating and changing inbox properties on queue change command

2019-09-30 v2.7.1

  • Improve documentation

2019-08-13 v2.7.0

  • Add command user_assignment for bulk assignment of users to queues
  • Change command connector create: queue_id parameter needs to be specified, if there is more than one queue in organization
  • Support schema attribute width in XLSX schema format
  • Fixed: booleans, in XLSX schema format, can be specified as boolean types
  • Internal: filename can be specified in ELISClient.upload_document

2019-07-30 v2.6.0

  • Enable passing custom filename with upload

2019-07-12 v2.5.0

  • Add support for schema specified in XLSX when creating queue
  • Remove the necessity to specify schema file type when uploading
  • Fix XML and CSV formats of elisctl document extract

2019-07-09 v2.4.0

  • Add support for can_export in xlsx schema format
  • Add document command

2019-06-21 v2.3.1

  • Fix: annotator cannot use elisctl connector list command

2019-06-13 v2.3.0

  • Add connector command

2019-06-11 v2.2.1

  • Update packages for windows build.

2019-06-03 v2.2.0

  • Added support for --profile option to all elisctl commands
  • Fix: remove extra whitespace in xlsx schema export/import

2019-04-02 v2.1.0

  • Added support for --output-file to elisctl tools and elisctl schema transform
  • Fix Schema Transformations description in README

2019-03-14 v2.0.1

  • Fixed MS Windows application entry point (running elisctl from the start menu)
  • Fixed parsing of boolean values in xlsx schema export/import

2019-03-14 v2.0.0

  • Disable interpolation in config parsing, so that special characters are allowed in e.g. password
  • Experimental support for schema modification using xlsx file format
  • Allow to show help in schema transform add (backward incompatible change)

2019-03-08 v1.1.1

  • Fixed bug with UnicodeDecodeError in elisctl schema get ID -O file.json on Windows

2019-03-03 v1.1.0

  • Added support for python 3.6
  • Added User-Agent header (elisctl/{version} ({platform})) for every request to ROSSUM API
  • Improved error when login fails with the provided credentials

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