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Official Uber API Python SDK

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Python SDK (beta) to support the Uber Rides API.


To use the Uber Rides Python SDK:

$ pip install uber_rides

Head over to pip-installer for instructions on installing pip.

To run from source, you can download the source code for uber-rides, and then run:

$ python install

We recommend using virtualenv when setting up your project environment. You may need to run the above commands with sudo if you’re not using it.

Read-Only Use

If you just need read-only access to Uber API resources, like getting a location’s available products, create a Session with the server token you received after registering your app.

from uber_rides.session import Session
session = Session(server_token=YOUR_SERVER_TOKEN)

Use this Session to create an UberRidesClient and fetch API resources:

from uber_rides.client import UberRidesClient
client = UberRidesClient(session)
response = client.get_products(37.77, -122.41)
products = response.json.get('products')


If you need to access protected resources or modify resources (like getting a user’s ride history or requesting a ride), you will need the user to grant access to your application through the OAuth 2.0 Authorization Code flow. See Uber API docs.

The Authorization Code flow is a two-step authorization process. The first step is having the user authorize your app and the second involves requesting an OAuth 2.0 access token from Uber. This process is mandatory if you want to take actions on behalf of a user or access their information.

from uber_rides.auth import AuthorizationCodeGrant
auth_flow = AuthorizationCodeGrant(
auth_url = auth_flow.get_authorization_url()

You can find YOUR_CLIENT_ID and YOUR_CLIENT_SECRET in the developer dashboard under the settings tab of your application. YOUR_PERMISSION_SCOPES is the list of scopes you have requested in the authorizations tab. Note that YOUR_REDIRECT_URL must match the value you provided when you registered your application.

Navigate the user to the auth_url where they can grant access to your application. After, they will be redirected to a redirect_url with the format YOUR_REDIRECT_URL?code=UNIQUE_AUTH_CODE. Use this redirect_url to create a session and start UberRidesClient.

session = auth_flow.get_session(redirect_url)
client = UberRidesClient(session)
credentials = session.oauth2credential

Keep credentials information in a secure data store and reuse them to make API calls on behalf of your user. The SDK will handle the token refresh for you automatically when it makes API requests with an UberRidesClient.

Example Apps

Navigate to the example folder to access the python example apps. Before you can run an example, you must edit the example/config.*.yaml file and add your app credentials from the Uber developer dashboard.

To get an UberRidesClient through the Authorization Code flow, run:

$ python example/

The example above stores user credentials in example/oauth2_rider_session_store.yaml. To create an UberRidesClient with these credentials and go through a surge ride request run:

$ python example/

To get an UberRidesClient authorized for driver endpoints, run:

$ python example/

The example above stores user credentials in example/oauth2_driver_session_store.yaml.

Flask Demo Apps

To get an understanding of how the sdk can be use in an example app see the flask examples for rider and driver dashboards:

$ pip install flask
$ python example/
$ python example/

Get Available Products

response = client.get_products(37.77, -122.41)
products = response.json.get('products')
product_id = products[0].get('product_id')

Get Price Estimates

response = client.get_price_estimates(

estimate = response.json.get('prices')

Get Rider Profile

response = client.get_rider_profile()
profile = response.json

first_name = profile.get('first_name')
last_name = profile.get('last_name')
email = profile.get('email')

Get User History

response = client.get_user_activity()
history = response.json

Request a Ride

# Get products for location
response = client.get_products(37.77, -122.41)
products = response.json.get('products')

product_id = products[0].get('product_id')

# Get upfront fare for product with start/end location
estimate = client.estimate_ride(
fare = estimate.json.get('fare')

# Request ride with upfront fare for product with start/end location
response = client.request_ride(

request = response.json
request_id = request.get('request_id')

# Request ride details from request_id
response = client.get_ride_details(request_id)
ride = response.json

# Cancel a ride
response = client.cancel_ride(request_id)
ride = response.json

This makes a real-world request and send an Uber driver to the specified start location.

To develop and test against request endpoints in a sandbox environment, make sure to instantiate your UberRidesClient with

client = UberRidesClient(session, sandbox_mode=True)

The default for sandbox_mode is set to False. See our documentation to read more about using the Sandbox Environment.

Update Sandbox Ride

If you are requesting sandbox rides, you will need to step through the different states of a ride.

response = client.update_sandbox_ride(ride_id, 'accepted')
response = client.update_sandbox_ride(ride_id, 'in_progress')

If the update is successful, response.status_code will be 204.

The update_sandbox_ride method is not valid in normal mode, where the ride status will change automatically.

Get Driver Profile

response = client.get_driver_profile()
profile = response.json

first_name = profile.get('first_name')
last_name = profile.get('last_name')
email = profile.get('email')

Get Driver Trips

response = client.get_driver_trips()
trips = response.json

Get Driver Payments

response = client.get_driver_payments()
payments = response.json

Get Uber for Business Receipts

from uber_rides.auth import ClientCredentialGrant
from uber_rides.client import UberRidesClient

auth_flow = ClientCredentialGrant(
session = auth_flow.get_session()

client = UberRidesClient(session)
receipt = client.get_business_trip_receipt('2a2f3da4-asdad-ds-12313asd')
pdf_url = client.get_business_trip_receipt_pdf_url('2a2f3da4-asdad-ds-12313asd')

Getting help

Uber developers actively monitor the Uber Tag on StackOverflow. If you need help installing or using the library, you can ask a question there. Make sure to tag your question with uber-api and python!

For full documentation about our API, visit our Developer Site.

See the Getting Started Tutorial.


We love contributions. If you’ve found a bug in the library or would like new features added, go ahead and open issues or pull requests against this repo. Write a test to show your bug was fixed or the feature works as expected.

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