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A Pythonic interface to the Google Sheets API that actually works as of June 2019.


To install with pip, run:

pip install ezsheets

Quickstart Guide

First, go to and click the "Enable the Google Sheets API" button. You'll need to log into your Google account. (I recommend using a separate Google account specifically made for your Python scripts.) Then download the credentials.json file, rename it to credentials-sheets.json, and place it in the same folder as your Python script.

Next, install the follow modules using pip (or pip3 for Python 3 on macOS and Linux):

pip install --upgrade google-api-python-client google-auth-httplib2 google-auth-oauthlib

Next install the EZSheets module:

pip install --upgrade ezsheets

The first time you call an EZSheets function, the module will use your credentials-sheets.json file to generate a token-sheets.pickle and token-drive.pickle file. Don't share these files: Treat these files the same as you would your Google account password.

Create a Spreadsheet object by using the Spreadsheet's URL:

>>> import ezsheets
>>> s = ezsheets.Spreadsheet('')

You can also just provide the spreadsheet ID part of the URL:

>>> s = ezsheets.Spreadsheet('16RWH9XBBwd8pRYZDSo9EontzdVPqxdGnwM5MnP6T48c')

Spreadsheet objects have a title and spreadsheetId attributes:

>>> s.title
'Class Data Example'
>>> s.title = 'Class Data'
>>> s.title
'Class Data'
>>> s.spreadsheetId

Spreadsheet objects also have a sheets attribute, which is a list of Sheet objects:

>>> s.sheets
(Sheet(title='Sheet3', sheetId=314007586, rowCount=1000, columnCount=26), Sheet(title='Foobar', sheetId=2075929783, rowCount=1000, columnCount=27), Sheet(title='Class Data', sheetId=0, rowCount=101, columnCount=22, frozenRowCount=1), Sheet(title='Sheet2', sheetId=880141843, rowCount=1000, columnCount=26))
>>> s.sheetTitles
('Sheet3', 'Foobar', 'Class Data', 'Sheet2')
>>> sh = s.sheets[0]

You can then view the size and title of a sheet:

>>> sh = s.sheets[0]
>>> sh.title
>>> sh.title = 'My New Title'
>>> sh.title
'My New Title'
>>> sh.columnCount, sh.rowCount
(26, 1000)

You can also get or update data in a specific cell, row, or column:

>>> sh.get(1,1)
>>> sh.update(1, 1, 'New cell value')
>>> sh.getRow(1)
['New cell value', 'fe', 'fa', 'ewafwe', 'f', 'ew', 'ewafawef', 'ewf', 'ewf', 'ew', 'fewa', 'f', 'ew', '', '', '', '', '', '', 'ewf', 'ewafewaf', 'ewfewf', '', 'f', 'ewfewafewaf', 'ewfew']
>>> sh.updateRow(['cell A', 'cell B', 'cell C'])
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
TypeError: updateRow() missing 1 required positional argument: 'values'
>>> sh.updateRow(1, ['cell A', 'cell B', 'cell C'])
>>> sh.getColumn(1)
['cell A']
>>> sh.update(1, 2, 'another value')
>>> sh.getColumn(1)
['cell A', 'another value']
>>> sh.updateAll([['CELL A', 'ANOTHER VALUE', 'CELL C'], ['ANOTHER VALUE']])
>>> sh.getAll()

If the data on the Google Sheet changes, you can refresh your local copy of the data:

>>> sh.refresh() # Updates the Sheet object.
>>> s.refresh()  # Updates the Spreadsheet object and all its sheets.

You can rearrange the order of the sheets in the spreadsheet:

>>> s.sheetTitles
('My New Title', 'Foobar', 'Class Data', 'Sheet2')
>>> s.sheets[0].index
>>> s.sheets[0].index = 2
>>> s.sheetTitles
('Foobar', 'Class Data', 'My New Title', 'Sheet2')
>>> s.sheets[2].index = 0
>>> s.sheetTitles
('My New Title', 'Foobar', 'Class Data', 'Sheet2')

You can recolor the tabs as well. (Currently you can't reset the tab color back to no color.)


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