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A Modern Python 2/3 SDK for signing WePay requests.

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The Signer class is designed for those who are signing data on behalf of a public-private keypair.

In principle, the “client party” has public key (i.e., client_id) and a matching private key (i.e., client_secret) that can be verified by both the signer and the client (but nobody else as we don’t want to make forgeries possible).

The “signing party” has a simple identifier which acts as an additional piece of entropy in the algorithm, and can help differentiate between multiple signing parties if the client party does something like try to use the same public-private keypair independently of a signing party (as is common with GPG signing).

Based on a simplified version of the AWS Signature v4.

This project uses Semantic Versioning for managing backwards-compatibility.


from __future__ import print_function
from wepay.signer import Signer
import textwrap

client_id = 'your_client_id'
client_secret = 'your_client_secret'

signer = Signer(client_id, client_secret)
signature = signer.sign(

print(textwrap.wrap(signature, 64))
#=> dfbffab5b6f7156402da8147886bba3eba67bd5baf2e780ba9d39e8437db7c47
#=> 35e9a0b834aa21ac76f98da8c52a2a0cd1b0192d0f0df5c98e3848b1b2e1a037

querystring = signer.generate_query_string_params(

#=> client_id=your_client_id&
#=> page=
#=> redirect_uri=
#=> token=dfbffab5b6f7156402da8147886bba3eba67bd5baf2e780ba9d39e8437db7c47...


Testing occurs against the following versions:

  • Python 2.7

  • Python 3.3

  • Python 3.4

  • Python 3.5

  • Python 3.6 (dev)

  • Pypy (≈2.7.10)

  • Pypy3 (≈3.2.5)

pip install wepay-signer

And include it in your scripts:

from wepay.signer import Signer


  • You can develop in any supported version of Python.

  • Using pyenv to manage your Pythons is highly-recommended. Testing locally depends on it.

  • Install VirtualEnv for your development environment, and activate the environment.

bash pip install virtualenv virtualenv .vendor source .vendor/bin/activate

  • Install the requirements.txt.

bash pip install -r requirements.txt

  • When you make changes, make sure that you run the linter and fix anything that’s broken.

bash make lint


We use tox to handle local testing across multiple versions of Python. We install multiple versions of Python at a time with pyenv.

  1. Install pyenv on your own before running tests.

  2. You need to install all of the supported versions of Python. (This will take a while.) If you would prefer to install your own copies of the supported Python versions (listed above), feel free to manage them yourself.

bash make install-python

  1. You can run the tests as follows:

bash make test

API Reference

Building local docs

make docs
open docs/signer/index.html

Building and pushing docs

make pushdocs

Docs can be viewed at


  1. The Makefile (yes, Makefile) has a series of commands to simplify the development and deployment process.

  2. Also install Chag. This is used for managing the CHANGELOG and annotating the Git release correctly.

Updating the CHANGELOG

Make sure that the is human-friendly. See if you don’t know how.


Running make by itself will show you a list of available sub-commands.

$ make

make readme

If you make changes to, then this will use Pandoc to output a README.rst file in the reStructuredText format used by distutils, Sphinx and most of the Python community.

You must have Pandoc installed on your local system.

NOTE: Initial install via brew install pandoc takes about 8–10 hours. Updates are much faster. Using the installer is much faster for initial installation, but updates are entirely manual.

make version

Sets the version number that will be used by other make tasks related to packaging and bundling.

make tag

This will make sure that the is properly datestamped, add the CHANGELOG contents to the Git commit message, commit them, then create a Git commit which can be pushed upstream.

make buildpip

This will bundle-up your package in preparation for uploading to Pypi.

make pushpip

This will take your bundled package and upload it securely to Pypi using the twine package.

Drafting a GitHub release

  1. Go to

  2. Find the new tag that you just pushed. Click the ellipsis () to see the commit notes. Copy these.

  3. To the right, choose Add release notes. Your Tag version should be pre-filled.

  4. The Release title should match your Tag version.

  5. Inside Describe this release, paste the notes that you copied on the previous page.

  6. Choose Publish release.

  7. Your release should now be the latest.


Here’s the process for contributing:

  1. Fork Signer to your GitHub account.

  2. Clone your GitHub copy of the repository into your local workspace.

  3. Write code, fix bugs, and add tests with 100% code coverage.

  4. Commit your changes to your local workspace and push them up to your GitHub copy.

  5. You submit a GitHub pull request with a description of what the change is.

  6. The contribution is reviewed. Maybe there will be some banter back-and-forth in the comments.

  7. If all goes well, your pull request will be accepted and your changes are merged in.

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