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Twisted-based async interface for Box ( API v2.0

Project description


Twisted-based python async interface for Box ( API (version 2.0).

Usage Example

Following script will print listing of the root folder, upload “test.txt” file there, try to find it in updated folder listing and then remove it.

from twisted.internet import defer, reactor
from txboxdotnet.api_v2 import txBoxAPI

api = txBoxAPI(
    client_secret='...', ... )

if not api.auth_code:
    print '\n'.join([
        'Visit the following URL in any web browser (firefox, chrome, safari, etc),',
            '  authorize there, confirm access permissions, and paste URL of an empty page',
            '  (starting with "") you will get',
            '  redirected to into "auth_code" value in "config" dict above.\n',
        'URL to visit:\n  {}'.format(api.auth_user_get_url()) ])

if'^https?://', api.auth_code):

def do_stuff():

    # Print root directory listing
    print list(e['name'] for e in (yield api.listdir()))

    # Upload "test.txt" file from local current directory
    file_info = yield api.put('test.txt')

    # Find just-uploaded "test.txt" file by name
    file_id = yield api.resolve_path('test.txt')

    # Check that id matches uploaded file
    assert file_info['id'] == file_id

    # Remove the file
    yield api.delete(file_id)

do_stuff().addBoth(lambda ignored: reactor.stop())

Note that parameters passed to txBoxAPI class init above should contain authentication data, which can/should be derived from “client_id” and “client_secret”, provided after app registration on

Service (at least now) has quite annoying requirement that the “auth_code” it will provide after authorizing API access request is only valid for 30 seconds. See API auth docs for more info on the process.

For more complete example (including oauth2 stuff), see code after if __name__ == '__main__': (will need better examples in the future, patches welcome!).


It’s a regular package for Python 2.7 (not 3.X).

Using pip is the best way:

% pip install txboxdotnet

If you don’t have it, use:

% easy_install pip
% pip install txboxdotnet

Alternatively (see also):

% curl | python
% pip install txboxdotnet

Or, if you absolutely must:

% easy_install txboxdotnet

But, you really shouldn’t do that.

Current-git version can be installed like this:

% pip install 'git+'

Note that to install stuff in system-wide PATH and site-packages, elevated privileges are often required. Use “install –user”, ~/.pydistutils.cfg or virtualenv to do unprivileged installs into custom paths.


Implemented methods

Matrix of implemented API method wrappers (same order as in the docs):

  • folders
    • [x] list: listdir
    • [x] create: mkdir
    • [x] get info: info_folder
    • [ ] copy
    • [x] delete: delete_folder
    • [ ] update info
    • [ ] create shared link
    • [ ] view discussions
    • [ ] view collaborations
    • [ ] list from trash
    • [ ] info from trash
    • [ ] restore from trash
    • [ ] delete permanently
  • files
    • [x] upload: put
    • [x] download: get
    • [x] get info: info_file
    • [x] upload overwrite: put
    • [ ] upload rename
    • [ ] view versions
    • [ ] update info
    • [x] delete: delete_file
    • [ ] copy
    • [ ] create shared link
    • [ ] view comments
    • [ ] get thumbnail
    • [ ] get from trash
    • [ ] restore from trash
    • [ ] delete permanently
  • comments
  • discussions
  • collaborations
  • users
    • [x] current user info: info_user
    • [ ] all the rest ;)
  • search
  • shared items
  • events

Note that these wrappers tend to be very thin, just taking python method arguments and translating these into appropriate API keys, typically looking somewhat like this:

def info_file(self, file_id):
  return self(join('files', file_id))

Any missing methods can also be replaced by calling api object in the same way as above, passing all the appropriate (as per docs) parameters.

My purposes are quite narrow - I use service only for file storage - so missing sharing/collaboration wrappers are unlikely to be implemented here without patches from someone interested in having these.

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