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tfatool: Toshiba FlashAir Tool

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This package provides easy access to the Toshiba FlashAir wireless SD card. As a library, tfatool provides an easy-to-use abstraction of the FlashAir API. The package includes two command line utilities: flashair-util gives the user a way of synchronizing/mirroring files and directories between the local filesystem and FlashAir, while flashair-config lets the user configure the the deivce.

Command line usage at a glance

Action Command
Monitor FlashAir for new JPEGs, download to ~/Photos flashair-util -s -d /home/tad/Photos --only-jpg
Monitor working dir for new files, upload to FlashAir flashair-util -s -y up
Monitor a local and remote dir for new files, sync them flashair-util -s -y both
Sync down the 10 most recent to a local dir, then quit flashair-util -S time -d images/new/
Sync up all files created in 1999 and afterwards flashair-util -S all -t 1999
Sync down files created between Jan 23rd and Jan 26th flashair-util -S all -t 1-23 -T 01/26
Sync files (up AND down) created this afternoon flashair-util -S all -t 12:00 -T 16:00 -y both
Sync files up created after a very specific date/time flashair-util -S all -t '2016-1-25 11:38:22'
Sync (up and down) 5 most recent files of a certain name flashair-util -S time -k 'IMG-08.+\.raw' -y both
List files on FlashAir created after a certain time flashair-util -l -t '1-21-2016 8:30:11'
Change FlashAir network SSID flashair-config --wifi-ssid myflashairnetwork
Show FlashAir network password & firmware version flashair-config --show-wifi-key --show-fw-version

Package contents at a glance

  • flashair-util: a command line tool for mirroring and listing files on FlashAir
  • flashair-config: a command line tool for configuring FlashAir
  • tfatool.command: abstraction of FlashAir's command.cgi
  • tfatool.upload: abstraction of FlashAir's upload.cgi
  • tfatool.config: abstraction of FlashAir's config.cgi
  • tfatool.sync: functions for synchronizing local dirs with remote FlashAir dirs

Read the FlashAir documentation for more information about the API tfatool uses.

Usage guide

Using the flashair-util script

Help menu

$ flashair-util -h
usage: flashair-util [-h] [-v] [-l] [-c] [-s] [-S {time,name,all}]
                     [-y {up,down,both}] [-r REMOTE_DIR] [-d LOCAL_DIR] [-j]
                     [-n N_FILES] [-k MATCH_REGEX] [-t EARLIEST_DATE]
                     [-T LATEST_DATE]

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -v, --verbose

  -l, --list-files
  -c, --count-files
  -s, --sync-forever    watch for new files in REMOTE_DIR, copy them to
                        LOCAL_DIR (runs until CTRL-C)
  -S {time,name,all}, --sync-once {time,name,all}
                        move files (all or by most recent name/timestamp) from
                        REMOTE_DIR to LOCAL_DIR, then quit

  -y {up,down,both}, --sync-direction {up,down,both}
                        'up' to upload, 'down' to download, 'both' for both
                        (default: down)
  -r REMOTE_DIR, --remote-dir REMOTE_DIR
                        FlashAir directory to work with (default:
  -d LOCAL_DIR, --local-dir LOCAL_DIR
                        local directory to work with (default: working dir)

File filters:
  -j, --only-jpg        filter for only JPEG files
  -n N_FILES, --n-files N_FILES
                        Number of files to move in --sync-once mode
  -k MATCH_REGEX, --match-regex MATCH_REGEX
                        filter for files that match the given pattern
  -t EARLIEST_DATE, --earliest-date EARLIEST_DATE
                        work on only files AFTER datetime of any reasonable
                        format such as YYYY, YYYY-MM, MM/DD, HH:mm (today), or
                        'YYYY-MM-DD HH:mm:ss'
  -T LATEST_DATE, --latest-date LATEST_DATE
                        work on only files BEFORE given datetime

Prelude: filtering files by name, creation time

All operations flashair-util carries out (both remote and local) can be restricted to a subset of files with some simple arguments. We can filter by filename and by creation date/time.

Filtering by date and time

Date/times are parsed from the command line in a human-friendly manner. If you pass "1998", it'll be parsed as "1998-01-01 00:00:00". Passing a string like "11/4" or "11-04" will be be seen as "{current year}-11-04 00:00:00".

The -t or --earliest-date option filters for only files AFTER the given date/time. The -T or --latest-date option filters for only files BEFORE the given date/time. You can use -t and -T together to filter for files within a slice of time. Some examples:

  • -T 2015: all files created before 2015
  • -t 18:00: all files created this evening (after 6:00 pm today)
  • -t 2014 -T 2015: all files created in 2014
  • -t 11/4 -T 11/28: all files created between Nov. 4 and Nov 28 of this year
  • -t '2016-4-02 11:30' -T '2016/04/02 13:30': all files created Apr. 2nd between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm.
  • -t 7:00 -T 11:00: all files created this morning

Filtering by filename

Files can also be filtered by their name. The -j or --only-jpg option filters for JPEG files. Filters of greater complexity can be made with the -k/--match-regex option, which matches the filename against a regular expression pattern. Some examples:

  • --match-regex '.+\.raw': match all files ending in .raw
  • -k 'IMG-08.+\.jpg': match all JPEGs starting with IMG-08

Example 1: sync newly created files on FlashAir card

The -s/--sync-forever mode watches for new files. When new files are found, they're synchronized with the specified local or remote directory.

File synchronizing can be done in one of three ways:

  1. Download only (default or chosen with -y down/--sync-direction down)
  2. Upload only (-y up/--sync-direction up)
  3. Bidirectional (-y both/--sync-direction both)

Monitor FlashAir for JPEGs and copy them to path/to/files as they appear.

$ flashair-util -s -d path/to/files --only-jpg
2016-01-22 21:29:12,336 | INFO | main | Syncing files from /DCIM/100__TSB to path/to/files
2016-01-22 21:28:44,035 | INFO | main | Creating directory 'path/to/files'
2016-01-22 21:29:27,412 | INFO | tfatool.sync | Ready to sync new files (39 existing files ignored)

Some time later, a new photo appears in the default remote directory.

2016-01-22 21:30:05,770 | INFO | tfatool.sync | Files to sync:
2016-01-22 21:30:05,770 | INFO | tfatool.sync | Copying remote file IMG_0802.JPG to stuff/IMG_0802.JPG
2016-01-22 21:30:05,771 | INFO | tfatool.sync | Requesting file: http://flashair/DCIM/100__TSB/IMG_0802.JPG
2016-01-22 21:30:05,866 | INFO | tfatool.sync | Wrote IMG_0802.JPG in 1.00 s (4.31 MB, 4.31 MB/s)

Example 2: sync subset of files on FlashAir just once

Sync JPEG files that were created between December 15th, 2015 (at 3:00 pm) and January 12, 2016 with the local stuff/ directory. Notice that files which already exist and match the size in bytes of those on FlashAir are not overwritten.

flashair-util -S all -d stuff/ -j -t '2015-12-15 15:00' -T 2016-01-12
2016-01-22 22:29:02,228 | INFO | main | Syncing files from /DCIM/100__TSB to stuff/
2016-01-22 22:29:02,330 | INFO | tfatool.sync | File 'stuff/IMG_0800.JPG' already exists; not syncing from SD card
2016-01-22 22:29:02,331 | INFO | tfatool.sync | Copying remote file IMG_0801.JPG to stuff/IMG_0801.JPG
2016-01-22 22:29:02,331 | INFO | tfatool.sync | Requesting file: http://flashair/DCIM/100__TSB/IMG_0801.JPG
2016-01-22 22:29:17,831 | INFO | tfatool.sync | Wrote IMG_0801.JPG in 9.40 s (4.31 MB, 0.46 MB/s)
2016-01-22 22:29:17,833 | INFO | tfatool.sync | File 'stuff/IMG_0802.JPG' already exists; not syncing from SD card
2016-01-22 22:29:17,833 | INFO | tfatool.sync | Copying remote file IMG_0803.JPG to stuff/IMG_0803.JPG
2016-01-22 22:29:17,834 | INFO | tfatool.sync | Requesting file: http://flashair/DCIM/100__TSB/IMG_0803.JPG
2016-01-22 22:29:30,855 | INFO | tfatool.sync | Wrote IMG_0803.JPG in 10.07 s (4.55 MB, 0.45 MB/s)

Other simple --sync-once examples:

  • Just grab the most recent JPEG: flashair-util -S time -n 1
  • Sync most recent 5 files by timestamp: flashair-util -S time --n-files 5
  • Make sure stuff/ local dir and /DCIM remote dir are completely synchronized: flashair-util -S all -y both -d stuff/ -r /DCIM
  • Of all files that end in 08.JPG, sync the 10 greatest filenames: flashair-util -S name --n-files 10 -k '.+08\.JPG'

Example 3: listing files on FlashAir

List all remote files created after 3:00 pm today:

$ flashair-util -l -t 15:00
2016-01-29 16:26:55,287 | INFO | main | Filtering from [2016-01-29 15:00:00] to [end of time]

Files in /DCIM/100__TSB

filename      date        time       MB  created
------------  ----------  ------  -----  -----------
IMG_1184.JPG  2016-01-29  15:03    5.13  7 hours ago
IMG_1184.CR2  2016-01-29  15:03   18.8   7 hours ago
IMG_1185.JPG  2016-01-29  15:03    5.82  7 hours ago
IMG_1185.CR2  2016-01-29  15:03   19.6   7 hours ago

(4 files, 49.34 MB total)

List JPEGs that match a certain filename regex pattern:

flashair-util -l -k 'IMG_058.+' --only-jpg

Files in /DCIM/100__TSB

filename      date        time      MB  created
------------  ----------  ------  ----  -----------
IMG_0583.JPG  2016-01-16  18:54   5.16  13 days ago
IMG_0584.JPG  2016-01-16  18:54   5.12  13 days ago

(2 files, 10.27 MB total)

List all JPEGs created in the years 2014, 2015 and 2016.

flashair-util -l -t 2014 -T 2017 -j
2016-01-29 16:31:26,286 | INFO | main | Filtering from [2012-01-01 00:00:00] to [2017-01-01 00:00:00]

Files in /DCIM/100__TSB

filename       date        time      MB  created
-------------  ----------  ------  ----  -----------
FA000001.JPG   2013-08-29  09:00   0.13  2 years ago
IMG_0583.JPG   2016-01-16  18:54   5.16  13 days ago
IMG_0617.JPG   2016-01-17  00:31   5.55  12 days ago
IMG_1066.JPG   2016-01-26  06:39   3.53  3 days ago
IMG_1185.JPG   2016-01-29  15:03   5.82  7 hours ago

(61 files, 0.26 GB total)

Using the flashair-config script

Help menu

flashair-config -h
usage: flashair-config [-h] [-m MASTERCODE] [-v] [-t WIFI_TIMEOUT]
                       [-w {access_point,station,passthrough}] [-W]
                       [-k WIFI_KEY] [-K PASSTHROUGH_KEY] [-s WIFI_SSID]
                       [-S PASSTHROUGH_SSID] [--app-info APP_INFO]
                       [--bootscreen-path BOOTSCREEN_PATH] [-M]
                       [--timezone TIMEZONE] [-d {disable,enable,upload}]
                       [--show-wifi-ssid] [--show-wifi-key] [--show-mac]
                       [--show-fw-version] [--show-wifi-mode]

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -m MASTERCODE, --mastercode MASTERCODE
                        12-digit hex mastercode to enable configuration of the
                        FlashAir device
  -v, --verbose

WiFi settings:
  -t WIFI_TIMEOUT, --wifi-timeout WIFI_TIMEOUT
                        set WiFi timeout of device
  -w {access_point,station,passthrough}, --wifi-mode {access_point,station,passthrough}
                        set WiFi mode of device
  -W, --wifi-mode-on-boot
                        set the WiFi mode on next boot, not immediately
  -k WIFI_KEY, --wifi-key WIFI_KEY
                        set WiFi security key
                        set internet passthrough security key
  -s WIFI_SSID, --wifi-ssid WIFI_SSID
                        set WiFi SSID
                        set internet passthrough SSID

Misc settings:
  --app-info APP_INFO   set application-specific info
  --bootscreen-path BOOTSCREEN_PATH
                        set path to boot screen image
  -M, --clear-mastercode
  --timezone TIMEZONE   set timezone in hours offset (e.g. -8)
  -d {disable,enable,upload}, --drive-mode {disable,enable,upload}
                        set WebDAV drive mode

Show configuration parameters:

Sample configurations of FlashAir

Set the FlashAir WiFi network's SSID and password.

flashair-config -k supersecretekey -s myflashairnetwork

Prepare for Internet passthrough mode. This sets the LAN SSID, password, and the FlashAir WiFi mode. If this is successful, the device will pass through Internet access to all connected clients.

flashair-config -K supersecretekey -S coffeeshopssid -w passthrough

Set the WiFi mode on boot instead of immediately with the -W flag:

flashair-config -w station -W

Using the tfatool Python library

Example 1: using FlashAir's command.cgi

Listing, counting files on FlashAir:

import arrow  # 
from tfatool import command

# get files in a FlashAir directory as a list of namedtuples
# each namedtuple has six attributes: directory, filename, time, date, etc
flashair_files = command.list_files()  # list files in /DCIM/100__TSB by default
special_files = command.list_files(remote_dir="/DCIM/my_special_folder")

# get an integer count of files in a certain dir
n_files = command.count_files(remote_dir="/DCIM")  # count in specific directory

Files listed by FlashAir are converted to a namedtuple with attributes filename, directory, path, size, attribute, datetime, where size is in bytes, attribute shows file permissions and so on, and datetime is a datetime object from the arrow library. Filters can inspect any of these tuple parameters.

# here we cull any RAW files (.raw or .cr2), files of a certain name,
# and files created after some arrow datetime
# you can combine any number of filters
some_date = arrow.get("1987-04-02 11:33:03")  # arrow datetimes supported
filter_date = lambda f: f.datetime > some_date  # after my birthday
filter_raw = lambda f: not f.filename.lower().endswith(".raw", ".cr2")
filter_name = lambda f: f.filename.lower()startswith("IMG_08")
certain_files = command.list_files(filter_raw, filter_name, filter_date)
for f in certain_files:
    print("{:s}: {:0.2f} MB (created {:s})".format(
        f.filename, f.size / 10**6, f.datetime.humanize()))

Example 2: using file synchronization functions

The sync module contains functions for syncing files UP to FlashAir and DOWN from FlashAir to your local filesystem.

from tfatool import sync

# Sync files as a one-off action
# here we sync the most recent files sorted by (, file.time)
sync.up_by_time(count=10)  # uploads 10 most recent files (in CWD by default)
sync.down_by_time(count=15, local_dir="/home/tad/Pictures")

# Sync specific files selected from files list
from tfatool import command
camille_filter = lambda f: "camille" in f.filename().lower()  # certain filename
jpeg_filter = lambda f: f.filename.lower().endswith(".jpg")  # only JPEGs
size_filter = lambda f: f.size < (5 * (10 ** 6))  # only files < 5 MB
camille_photos = command.list_files(camille_filter, jpeg_filter, size_filter)
sync.down_by_files(camille_photos, local_dir="/home/tad/Pictures/camille")

Example 3A: watching for newly created files

The tfatool.sync module contains three generator functions for monitoring your FlashAir device and your local filesystem for newly created fiiles. File monitoring can work in one of three ways:

  1. watch for new files in a remote FlashAir directory and sync them to a local directory
  2. watch for new files in a local directory and sync them to a remote FlashAir location
  3. watch for new files in both local and remote locations and synchronize them both

Download remote files as they appear with down_by_arrival:

import time
from tfatool import sync

# generates tuples like ("down", {fileinfo, fileinfo...})
to_download = sync.down_by_arrival()

# consuming the generator downloads available files
for direction, pending_download in to_download:
    if not pending_download:
        time.sleep(0.5)  # nothing to download

Use up_by_arrival to upload local files as they appear. Note that with any of these functions you can pass specific local and remote directories.

# generates tuples like ("up", {fileinfo, fileinfo...})
to_upload = sync.up_by_arrival(local_dir="/special/place",

Finally, use up_down_by_arrival to perform a bidirectional sync of the local and remote directories. Note that file filters can be applied to any of these generators.

filter_jpg = lambda f: f.filename.endswith(".jpg")
# generates tuples like ("up", {fileinfo,...}) for pending uploads
# and ("down", {fileinfo...}) for pending downloads
to_upload_or_download = sync.up_down_by_arrival(filter_jpg)

Example 3B: watching for newly created files in a separate thread

The tfatool.sync.Monitor object watches for new files in your FlashAir device and/or your local filesystem with a separate thread.

Uploading new files in the background:

from tfatool import sync

monitor = sync.Monitor(local_dir="/home/tad/Pictures/new",
monitor.sync_up()  # start upload thread
# ... do something else
monitor.stop()  # prompt thread to stop
monitor.join()  # wait for thread to stop

Downloads work the same way, but with the Monitor.sync_down method. Sync bidirectionally with Monitor.sync_both.

Example 4: sending config changes via a POST to config.cgi

The tfatool.config module is an abstraction of FlashAir's config.cgi. To change config parameters, construct a dictionary of parameter names ( Enum types) and values.

from tfatool.config import post, config
from import Config

params = {
    Config.app_info: "special application info",
    Config.wifi_timeout: 3600,  # one-hour WiFi timeout
    Config.wifi_ssid: "SUPER FUN PHOTO ZONE",
    Config.timezone: -11,  # somewhere in the USA, for example

Finally, prep the parameters for URL construction and send the request. The tfatool.config.config function will raise AssertionError if any value is out of bounds (e.g. if the WiFi timeout is < 60 s). These prepped parameters can then be sent to FlashAir via an HTTP POST using

prepped_params = config(params)
response = post(prepped_params)


Requires requests, tqdm, arrow, tabulate, and python3.4+.

Install with your system's Python3:

python3.5 -m pip install tfatool

Or into a virtualenv:

virtualenv -p python3.5 env/
source env/bin/activate
pip install tfatool