Official Python client library for the Asana API v1
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Python client library for Asana.

Required: Security procedures for outdated OpenSSL versions

Older versions of OpenSSL can cause a problem when using python-asana In particular, at the time of this writing, at least MacOS X 10.11 and below ship with a very old version of OpenSSL:

$ openssl version
OpenSSL 0.9.8zh 14 Jan 2016

OpenSSL 0.9.8 was first released in 2005, and therefore only supports TLS (Transport Layer Security) version 1.0. Asana has deprecated and stopped accepting requests for clients which do not suport TLS 1.0 and above, which unfortunately includes any software linked against this version of the library - this includes both the MacOS X provided Python interpreter and any homebrew installed Python that is not specifically configured to link against a newer version.

To see if your Python version is affected, run

$ python -c "import ssl; print ssl.OPENSSL_VERSION"

If the version printed at the command line is older than 1.0.1, when, in 2012, OpenSSL first supported TLS 1.1 and 1.2, you will not be able to use python-asana to connect to Asana. Specifically, you will recieve 400 Bad Request responses with an error message in the response body about the lack of support for TLS 1.1 and above.

Fortunately, homebrew makes it easy to install both an updated OpenSSL and a Python interpreter that links to it. Run

$ brew install openssl
  ...                                               # homebrew installs
$ /usr/local/Cellar/openssl/*/bin/openssl version   # Just to verify...
OpenSSL 1.0.2h  3 May 2016

Finally, you have to install the homebrew version of python which links against the newer OpenSSL

$ brew install python --with-brewed-openssl
  ...                                                 # homebrew installs
$ python -c "import ssl; print ssl.OPENSSL_VERSION"   # Verify inside Python
OpenSSL 1.0.2h  3 May 2016

If you see the version of OpenSSL greater than OpenSSL 1.0.1, then you're all set to start using python-asana

Similarly, if you're not using a homebrew version of Python (e.g. using macports or manually compiling) you'll have to make sure that your installation of Python is using an up-to-date version of OpenSSL. Note: this does not apply to using virtualenv; virtualenv manages Python packages, but uses the system python and its standard library packages, including OpenSSL.


Personal Access Token

Create a client using your Asana Personal Access Token:

client = asana.Client.access_token('PERSONAL_ACCESS_TOKEN')

OAuth 2

Asana supports OAuth 2. asana handles some of the details of the OAuth flow for you.

Create a client using your OAuth Client ID and secret:

client = asana.Client.oauth(

Redirect the user to the authorization URL obtained from the client's session object:

(url, state) = client.session.authorization_url()

When the user is redirected back to your callback, check the state URL parameter matches, then pass the code parameter to obtain a bearer token:

if request.params['state'] == state:
  token = client.session.fetch_token(code=request.params['code'])
  # ...
  # error! possible CSRF attack

Note: if you're writing a non-browser-based application (e.x. a command line tool) you can use the special redirect URI urn:ietf:wg:oauth:2.0:oob to prompt the user to copy and paste the code into the application.


The client's methods are divided into several resources: attachments, events, projects, stories, tags, tasks, teams, users, and workspaces.

Methods that return a single object return that object directly:

me =
print "Hello " + me['name']

workspace_id = me['workspaces'][0]['id']
project = client.projects.create_in_workspace(workspace_id, { 'name': 'new project' })
print "Created project with id: " + project['id']

Methods that return multiple items (e.x. find_all) return a page iterator by default. See the "Collections" section.

See the gen folder for methods available for each resource.


Various options can be set globally on the Client.DEFAULTS object, per-client on client.options, or per-request as additional named arguments. For example:

# global:
asana.Client.DEFAULTS['page_size'] = 100

# per-client:
client.options['page_size'] = 100

# per-request:
client.tasks.find_all({ 'project': 1234 }, page_size=100)

Available options

  • base_url (default: ""): API endpoint base URL to connect to
  • max_retries (default: 5): number to times to retry if API rate limit is reached or a server error occures. Rate limit retries delay until the rate limit expires, server errors exponentially backoff starting with a 1 second delay.
  • full_payload (default: False): return the entire JSON response instead of the 'data' propery (default for collection methods and events.get)
  • fields and expand: see API documentation

Collections (methods returning an array as it's 'data' property):

  • iterator_type (default: "items"): specifies which type of iterator (or not) to return. Valid values are "items" and None.
  • item_limit (default: None): limits the number of items of a collection to return.
  • page_size (default: 50): limits the number of items per page to fetch at a time.
  • offset: offset token returned by previous calls to the same method (in response['next_page']['offset'])


  • poll_interval (default: 5): polling interval for getting new events via events.get_next and events.get_iterator
  • sync: sync token returned by previous calls to events.get (in response['sync'])


Items Iterator

By default, methods that return a collection of objects return an item iterator:

workspaces = client.workspaces.find_all(item_limit=1)
print # raises StopIteration if there are no more items


for workspace in client.workspaces.find_all()
  print workspace


You can also use the raw API to fetch a page at a time:

offset = None
while True:
  page = client.workspaces.find_all(offset=offset, iterator_type=None)
  print page['data']
  if 'next_page' in page:
    offset = page['next_page']['offset']


Feel free to fork and submit pull requests for the code! Please follow the existing code as an example of style and make sure that all your code passes lint and tests.

Code generation

The specific Asana resource classes under gen (_Tag, _Workspace, _Task, etc) are generated code, hence they shouldn't be modified by hand. See the [asana-api-meta][meta] repo for details.


Repo Owners Only. Take the following steps to issue a new release of the library.

Automatic Deployment

Run [version]. See -h for additional info.

Manual Deployment

  1. Merge in the desired changes into the master branch and commit them.
  2. Clone the repo, work on master.
  3. Edit package version in asana/ to indicate the semantic version change.
  4. Commit the change
  5. Tag the commit with v plus the same version number you set in the file. git tag v1.2.3
  6. Push changes to origin, including tags: git push origin master --tags

Travis CI will automatically build and deploy the tagged release to pypi.