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Project Description


zopyx.sharepoint allows to interact Python-based application with Sharepoint lists through the Sharepoint SOAP API (tested against Microsoft Sharepoint Services 3.0).


  • retrieve Sharepoint list definitions
  • retrieve all list items
  • add list items
  • delete list items
  • update list items
  • generic queries
  • authentication over NTLM


In order to connect to Sharepoint you need the following parameters

  • the Lists WSDL URL
  • the ID/Name of the related Sharepoint list you want to interact with
  • a valid Sharepoint username and password (having the related rights)

API usage

Connecting to sharepoint

In order to connect to Sharepoint you need to import the Connector method which is a factory return a ListEndPoint instance:

> from zopyx.sharepoint import Connector
> url = 'http://sharepoint/bereiche/onlineschulungen/'
> username = 'YourDomain\\account'
> password = 'secret'
> list_id = '60e3f442-6faa-4b49-814d-2ce2ec88b8d5'
> service = Connector(url, username, password, list_id)

Sharepoint list model introspection

The internals of the list schema is available through the model property of the ListEndPoint instance:

> fields = service.model

The primary key of the list is exposed through the primary_key property:

> primary_key = service.primary_key

The lists of all required field names and all fields is available through:

> all_fields = service.all_fields
> required_fields = service.required_fields

List item deletion

In order to delete list items by their primary key values, you can use the deleteItems() method:

> result = service.deleteItems('54', '55')
> print result
> print result.result
> print result.ok

The result object is an instance of ParsedSoapResult providing a flag ok (True|False) indicating the overall success or overall failure of the operation. The individual error codes are available by iterating over the result property of the ParsedSoapResult instance.

Updating list items

You can update existing list items by passing one or multiple dictionaries to updateItems(). Each dict must contain the value of the related primary key (in this case the ID field):

> data = dict(ID='77', Title=u'Ruebennase', FirstName=u'Heinz')
> result = service.updateItems(data)
> print result
> print result.result
> print result.ok

updateItems() will not raise any exception. Instead you need to check the ok property of the result object and if needed the individual items of the result property:

# update an item (non-existing ID)
> data = dict(ID='77000', Title=u'Becker')
> result = service.updateItems(data)
> print result
> print result.result
> print result.ok

Adding items to a list

The addItems() method works like the updateItems() method except that do not have pass in a primary key (since it is not known on the client side). The assigned primary key value after adding the item to the list should be available from the result object:

> data = dict(Title=u'Ruebennase', FirstName=u'Heinz')
> result = service.addItems(data)
> print result
> print result.result
> print result.ok
> print 'assigned ID:', result.result[0]['row']._ows_ID

Retrieving a single list item

getItem() will return a single item by its primary key value:

> data = service.getItem('77')

Retrieving all list items

getItems() will return all list items (use with care!):

> items = service.getItems()

Generic query API

query(**kw) can be used to query the list with arbitrary query parameters where each subquery must perform an exact match. All subqueries are combined using a logical AND:

> items = service.query(FirstName='Heinz', Title='Becker')

The result is returned a Python list of dictified list items. All query parameters must represent a valid field name of the list (ValueError exception raised otherwise).

In order to perform a substring search across _all_ query parameter you may pass the mode='contains' parameter. To specify a prefix search across all query parameters, use mode='beginswith'.

View support

zopyx.sharepoint supports list views of Sharepoint. You can either set a default view used for querying Sharepoint like:

> service.setDefaultView('{D9DF14B-21F2-4D75-B796-EA74647C30C6'}')

or you select the view on a per-query basis by passing the view name as viewName method parameter (applies to getItem(), getItems() and query()):

> items = service.getItems(viewName='{D9DF14B-21F2-4D75-B796-EA74647C30C6'}')

Command line usage

zopyx.sharepoint comes with a small sharepoint-inspector commandline utility:

sharepoint-inspector --url <URL> --list <LIST-ID-OR-NAME> --username <USERNAME> --password <PASSWORD> --cmd <CMD>

where <CMD> is either fields or items


  • Python 2.4 or higher (no support for Python 3.X)


  • tested with Python 2.4-2.6
  • suds 0.4.1 beta or checkout of the suds trunk ( suds 0.4.0 is _not_ sufficient!
  • python-ntlm 1.0
  • Microsoft Sharepoint Services 3.0 API


Written for Haufe-Lexware GmbH, Freiburg, Germany.

ZOPYX Limited
Andreas Jung
Charlottenstr. 37/1
D-72070 Tuebingen


0.2.0 - 2011/01/07

  • code fork

0.1.9 - 2011/06/03

  • fixed some documentation glitches
  • added logging at connection time

0.1.8 - 2011/05/30

  • fixed improper parameter usage in exception

0.1.7 - 2011/05/24

  • applied third-party patch containing minor fixes

0.1.6 - 2011/05/04

  • better connection error handling
  • WSDL url prefix automatically added to the Sharepoint URL
  • fixed issue in getItems() with empty result sets

0.1.5 - 2011/02/23

  • added checkin_file(), checkout_file()
  • the connection timeout is now configurable through the Connector() API
  • add setDefaultView() API

0.1.4 - 2011/02/22

  • support for exact|substring|prefix search through the query() API

0.1.3 - 2011/02/22

  • added generic query() API

0.1.2 - 2011/02/21

  • implemented getItem() in a proper way

0.1.1 - 2011/02/18

  • minor fixes
  • documentation updated

0.1 - 2011/02/17

  • Initial release
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