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Pythonic access to the OpenSenseMap API

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SenseMAPI - Pythonic access to the OpenSenseMap API

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sensemapi is a Python package to access the OpenSenseMap API.


This software was developed within the context of a CO2 monitoring project of the University of Tübingen, Germany. The developer is not in any way affiliated with the senseBox project.

What can sensemapi do?

With sensemapi, you can do the most important things that you can also do via the OpenSenseMap user interface.

See some examples:

Access an OpenSenseMap account

account = sensemapi.account.SenseMapAccount(
    email = "SENSEMAP_EMAIL",
    password = os.environ.get("SENSEMAP_PASSWORD")

Create new senseBoxes

# set up a senseBox (offline)
box = sensemapi.senseBox.senseBox(
    exposure = "outdoor",
    name="My senseBox",
# add a temperature sensor to the box (offline)
# create the senseBox (online)

Modify senseBoxes and sensors

# retreive the account's boxes
# choose the first box
box = account.boxes[0]
# change the box = "My supercool senseBox"
# ... do anything with the box object ...
# upload the changes

Upload measurements

# select the box's first sensor
sensor = box.sensors[0]
# reset the time to use the current time
sensor.last_time = None
# specify measurement value
sensor.last_value = 25.2
# upload the measurement

Delete a senseBox

# delete the account's first senseBox
account.delete_box(account.boxes[0].id, really=True)

Retreive any senseBox by its ID

# with an account
account.get_box(id = "57000b8745fd40c8196ad04c")
# without an account
sensemapi.client.SenseMapClient().get_box(id = "57000b8745fd40c8196ad04c")

Retreive measurements of a senseBox sensor

# get a box
box = sensemapi.client.SenseMapClient().get_box(id="57000b8745fd40c8196ad04c")
# the box' first sensor
sensor = box.sensors[0]
# get the sensor's latest measurements as pandas.Series
series = sensor.get_measurements().series

More features are likely to follow...


The sensemapi package is best installed via pip3. Run from anywhere:

pip3 install --user sensemapi
pip3 install --user pandas # if you want pandas support

This downloads and installs the package from the Python Package Index.

You may also install sensemapi via pip3 from the repository root:

pip3 install --user .


Documentation of the sensemapi package can be found here on GitLab.


The following might only be interesting for developers


Since this is an API library, you need to specify an account to run the tests:

export SENSEMAP_EMAIL=""   # specify either the email...
export SENSEMAP_USER="username"          # or the username
export SENSEMAP_PASSWORD="5uP3rP45sW0Rd"

You may also specifiy this sensitive data in a file which can then be sourced.

To run the test suite, run from the repository root

./ test

To get a test coverage, run

make coverage

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