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UserVoice Python library

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UserVoice Python module for API connections

This library allows you to easily:

  • Generate SSO token for creating SSO users / logging them into UserVoice (
  • Do 3-legged and 2-legged UserVoice API calls safely without having to worry about the cryptographic details (unless you want).


Install the uservoice Python module from PyPI:

pip install uservoice

or get the source from ( and use the method:

python install

Now you should be good to go!



# Suppose your UserVoice site is at
USERVOICE_SUBDOMAIN = 'uservoice-subdomain'
SSO_KEY = '982c88f2df7257859e8e23423eg87ed' # Admin Console: Settings -> General -> User Authentication

# Define an API client at: Admin Console -> Settings -> Channels -> API
API_KEY = 'oQt2BaunWNuainc8BvZpAm'
API_SECRET = '3yQMSoXBpAwuK3nYHR0wpY6opE341inL9a2HynGF2'

SSO-token generation using the uservoice python library

SSO-token can be used to create sessions for SSO users. They are capable of synchronizing the user information from one system to another. Generating the SSO token from SSO key and given uservoice subdomain can be done by calling UserVoice.generate_sso_token method like this:

import uservoice

sso_token = uservoice.generate_sso_token(USERVOICE_SUBDOMAIN, SSO_KEY, {
    'guid': 1000000,
    'display_name': "User Name",
    'email': ''
}, 5*60) # the token will be valid for 5 minutes (5*60 seconds) by default

print "https://" + USERVOICE_SUBDOMAIN + "" + sso_token

Making API calls

You need to create an instance of uservoice.Client. Get API_KEY and API_SECRET for an API client which you can create from Admin Console. Go to Settings -> Channels -> API.

import uservoice
    client = uservoice.Client(USERVOICE_SUBDOMAIN, API_KEY, API_SECRET)

    # Get users of a subdomain (requires trusted client, but no user)
    users = client.get_collection("/api/v1/users")

    print "Subdomain \"{subdomain}\" has {total} users".format(subdomain=USERVOICE_SUBDOMAIN,
    for user in users:
        print 'User: "{name}", Profile URL: {url}'.format(**user)

    # Now, let's login as, a regular user
    with client.login_as('') as regular_access_token:
        # Example request #1: Get current user.
        user = regular_access_token.get("/api/v1/users/current")['user']

    print 'User: "{name}", Profile URL: {url}'.format(**user)

    # Login as account owner
    owner_access_token = client.login_as_owner()

    # Example request #2: Create a new private forum limited to only email domain.
    forum ="/api/v1/forums", {
        'forum': {
            'name': 'Python Client Private Feedback',
            'private': True,
            'allow_by_email_domain': True,
            'allowed_email_domains': [{'domain': ''}]

    print 'Forum "{name}" created! URL: {url}'.format(**forum)
except uservoice.Unauthorized as e:
    # Thrown usually due to faulty tokens, untrusted client or if attempting
    # operations without Admin Privileges
    print e
except uservoice.NotFound as e:
    # Thrown when attempting an operation to a resource that does not exist
    print e

Verifying a UserVoice user

If you want to make calls on behalf of a user, but want to make sure he or she actually owns certain email address in UserVoice, you need to use 3-Legged API calls. Just pass your user an authorize link to click, so that user may grant your site permission to access his or her data in UserVoice.

import uservoice
CALLBACK_URL = 'http://localhost:3000/' # your site

client = uservoice.Client(USERVOICE_SUBDOMAIN, API_KEY, API_SECRET, callback=CALLBACK_URL)

# At this point you want to print/redirect to client.authorize_url in your application.
# Here we just output them as this is a command-line example.
print "1. Go to {url} and click \"Allow access\".".format(url=client.authorize_url())
print "2. Then type the oauth_verifier which is passed as a GET parameter to the callback URL:"

# In a web app we would get the oauth_verifier via a redirection to CALLBACK_URL.
# In this command-line example we just read it from stdin:
access_token = client.login_with_verifier(raw_input())

# All done. Now we can read the current user's email address:
user = access_token.get("/api/v1/users/current")['user']
print "User logged in, Name: {name}, email: {email}".format(**user)

# To reuse the access token at a later point, store the token and secret. For example:
# 1. Find user (in Django)
u = User.objects.get(email=user['email'])
# 2. Associate token and secret with the user
u.access_tokens.create(system='uservoice', token=access_token.token, secret=access_token.secret)

# When you need the token again:
# 1. Find token of the current user
token = u.access_tokens.get(system='uservoice')
# 2. Use the token and secret to log in
access_token = client.login_with_access_token(token.token, token.secret)

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