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A helper package for preparing and sending requests towards the TVB REST API

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TVB REST client

The tvb-rest-client is a helper package built with the intention to simplify a Python client interaction with TVB REST Server. All the logic necessary to prepare and send requests towards the REST server, is embedded under this client API.

GET requests are sent from this python client using the requests library.

For the POST requests, a client has to attach a file with some input configuration. Such a file is usually an H5 in TVB specific format. Thus, tvb-rest-client has all the logic for preparing those H5 files and sending requests. Also, the REST server uses a Keycloak client at log in time, so this client will open a browser that allows the user to log in, before attempting to make the requests.


You should have a TVB REST server running, or access to a public one. Then into tvb-rest-client you need to provide the URL towards this TVB REST server. For the following example, we will suppose TVB REST server runs on http://localhost:9090

To launch a TVB REST server locally, you should download tvb-framework version >2.0. and launch it:

$ python -m   # Launch TVB REST server locally

Accessing the client API entry-point

If the TVB REST server you want to access runs at another address, change the parameter in the bellow TVBClient instantiation.

from import TVBClient
tvb_client = TVBClient("http://localhost:9090")

Attempt to login and start using the client API to send requests, by calling different types of methods:

  • methods that return a list of DTOs

list_of_user_projects = tvb_client.get_project_list()
list_of_datatypes_in_project = tvb_client.get_data_in_project(list_of_user_projects[0].gid)
list_of_operations_for_datatype = tvb_client.get_operations_for_datatype(list_of_datatypes_in_project[0].gid)
  • method that download data files locally, under a folder chosen by the client

datatype_path = tvb_client.retrieve_datatype(list_of_datatypes_in_project[0].gid, download_folder)
  • method that loads in memory the datatype downloaded previously

datatype = tvb_client.load_datatype_from_file(datatype_path)
  • methods that launch operations in the TVB server

    Such an operation requires the client to prepare the operation configuration and send it in an H5 file together with the requests.

    By using the client API, the user only needs to instantiate the proper Model class and send it as argument to the following method. It wraps the serialization of the Model inside the H5 and the attaching to the POST request.

    The example above launches a Fourier analyzer, we suppose the Fourier AlgorithmDTO is list_of_operations_for_datatype[0].

from tvb.adapters.analyzers.fourier_adapter import FFTAdapterModel, FourierAdapter

project_gid = list_of_user_projects[0].gid
model = FFTAdapterModel()
# logic to fill the model with required attributes
operation_gid = tvb_client.launch_operation(project_gid, FourierAdapter, model)
  • method to monitor the status of an operation

monitor_operation(tvb_client, operation_gid)


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation under the Specific Grant Agreement Nos. 785907 (Human Brain Project SGA2), 945539 (Human Brain Project SGA3) and VirtualBrainCloud 826421.

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