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A small cli for uploading time records via a CSV file

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weclapp-cli is a limited command line interface to weclapp's time records. I wrote this tool because I want to upload several time records at once that have been stored in an Excel sheet. The web interface allows you to upload a time record once at a time and when you have several time records to upload, this can take a lot of time.


  • Display the projects and the project tasks (with their respective IDs) for which you can book time records
  • Display the time records that you have already booked
  • Upload time records from a CSV file
  • Allows to use a custom CSV exporter


Note As of this moment, the project is still in development and has not been uploaded to PyPI yet, so the pip command will fail.

pip install weclapp-cli


  • Python3.x


In order to have access to weclapp's public API, you need a API Token. You can get your API Token from the My settings page of your weclapp installation. If you don't have an API Token yet, then click on Create new API token to generate a new one. Please think of your API Token as a password, keep it secret!

Configuring the client

weclapp-cli needs to be configured before you can start using it. The default configuration path is ${HOME}/.config/weclapp-cli/config.yml.

You'll need the following values:

  • the domain of you weclapp installation, usually
  • the API path, usually /webapp/api/v1
  • your API Token

Also check whether you have to access the API via HTTPS. Once you have all these values, open a terminal and type in:

$ weclapp-cli config
Generating a new configuration file /home/shaoran/.config/weclapp-cli/config.yml
Your weclapp domain []:<ENTER>
The API path [/webapp/api/v1]: <ENTER>
Use SSL [yes]: <ENTER>

List projects, tasks and the last 100 time records

$ weclapp-cli projects

List projects, tasks only

$ weclapp-cli projects -t

Uploading time records

Prepare the CSV file, then execute

$ weclapp-cli upload my-records.csv

To get the options (like the separator character) for the default parse, execute

$ weclapp-cli upload --list-parser-options

You can pass these option with the --po KEY=VAL option.

The CSV file

In order to upload a time record, you'll need to store your time records in a CSV-like file.

I store my time records in an Excel sheet that has the following format:

NOTE Do not add empty lines and lines with comments (usually lines beginning with #).

The header

The first 2 rows are the header. It contains the project ID and the task ID for which you want to upload your time records.

In the example above the cells A1 and A2 are ignored, you can have any string you like.

The next two columns (B and C) define the task for which you want to upload time records. The next two columns (D and E) define another task, etc. You can have as many tasks as you want. For every task you need two columns. In the example above B1 and B2 have the project ID and the task ID for the first task. D1 and D2 have the project ID and the task ID for the next task.

The time records

From the third row onward you'll define the time records. On the A column set the date of the day. The next cell contains the number of hours you've worked on the project and the next column is the description of the time record. The description may be empty. The next column is for the next number of hours and so on.

The date colum (A) is parsed using dateutil.parser.parse, so you can have different date formats, for example:

  • Thursday, 01/Feb
  • 2019.02.01
  • 02-01-2019

are recognized as 1st of February 2019. If you omit the year, the current year is assumed.

By default the time of day of the records is 09:00. You can set another time by passing the --po timeStart 08:00 option to weclapp-cli upload command. You have to use the 24 hour format.

If you need that a single entry has a different time of day than the default: instead of just passing the duration (number of hours) as single number, you can pass time/duration. For example: you want a single entry in the B column to have a time of day of 08:30 with a duration of 3 hours. Then enter the value 08:30/5.00. Here you have to use the 24 hour format as well.

The default CSV will ignore time record that have an empty duration, in the image above D5 is empty, so that time record is ignored. The description can always be empty.


The resulting CSV file from the image above would be

PROJECT ID;12345;;323234;
TASK ID;6789;;11232;
Tuesday, 01/ Jan;;;;
Wednesday, 02/ Jan;4.00;some desc;4.00;something else
Thursday, 03/ Jan;8.00;;;
Friday, 04/ Jan;3.00;;5.00;wiki stuff
Saturday, 05/ Jan;;;;
Friday, 11/ Jan;;;;

Custom CSV files

If you want to use a different CSV parser, then you can write your own and let weclapp-cli use it instead of the default one.

Create a file in the same directory where the configuration file is stored (by default in ${HOME}/.config/weclapp-cli).

# ${HOME}/.config/weclapp-cli/
from weclapp import Parser

class MyCustomCSV(Parser):
    implement your parser here

parsers = [
    { "name": "custom", "parser": MyCustomCSV },

The file must have a variable called parsers. This variable is used by weclapp-cli to import your custom parser. And since it is a list, you can export more than one custom parser. If you want to mark a custom parser as the new default, then add "default": True

parsers = [
    { "name": "matrix", "parser": MyCustomCSV, "default": True },

To display the list of parsers, execute

$ weclapp-cli upload -l

The first entry is the default parser.

To use the "matrix" parser:

$ weclapp-cli upload -p matrix file.csv

See Custom Parsers for information about custom parsers


I don't intend to keep adding features, because it already does everything I need. But hey, this is a open source project, so you are welcome to fork it. If you have bug fixes, new features or new parsers, then please send me pull request.


I do not own, develop weclapp and don't claim any copyright. weclapp is a product owned and developed by weclapp GmbH. Any questions you have about weclapp, please go their website, don't ask me.

Use this tool at your own risk, I am not responsible for any data losses or damages as a result of using this tool.


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