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A Python SDK for Spotinst

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Spotinst SDK Python

The official Spotinst SDK for the Python programming language.

Version 2

Version 2 for the Spotinst Python SDK will be moving from the v2 branch to the master branch very soon. The current master will move to it's own v1 branch and eventually be deprecated. Version 2 introduces some breaking changes from v1 and will require updates when switching over. Luckily this process should be easy and is completely explained on the v2 branch in this repository. Both v1 and v2 will be released as spotinst-sdk and spotinst-sdk2 respectively, to prevent any auto version upgrades.

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pip install --upgrade spotinst-sdk


The mechanism in which the SDK looks for credentials is to search through a list of possible locations and stop as soon as it finds credentials. The order in which the SDK searches for credentials is:

  1. Passing credentials as parameters when creating a SpotinstClient object:
session = SpotinstClient(auth_token='foo', account_id='bar')
  1. Environment variables:
  1. Shared credentials file:
  • The shared credentials file has a default location of ~/.spotinst/credentials. This file is an INI formatted file with section names corresponding to profiles. With each section, two configuration variables can be specified: token, account. These are the only supported values in the shared credential file.

  • Below is a minimal example of the shared credentials file:

token   = foo
account = bar
  • The shared credentials file also supports the concept of profiles. Profiles represent logical groups of configuration. The shared credential file can have multiple profiles:
token   = foo
account = bar

token   = foo2
account = bar2

token   = foo3
account = bar3
  • You can configure your Spot credentials using the spotctl configure command. For more information, see the spotctl Getting Started.

  • To maintain compatibility with previous SDK versions, the file can also be in YAML format:

  token: foo
  account: bar
  token: foo2
  account: bar2
  token: foo3
  account: bar3
  • You can change the location of the credentials file and the profile used by setting the SPOTINST_SHARED_CREDENTIALS_FILE and/or SPOTINST_PROFILE environment variables:
export SPOTINST_SHARED_CREDENTIALS_FILE=/path/to/credentials_file
  • Passing the credentials file location and the profile used as parameters when creating a SpotinstClient object:
session = SpotinstClient(credentials_file='/path/to/credentials_file', profile='dev')


For a comprehensive documentation, check out the API documentation.

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