tvdb_api is an easy to use interface to thetvdb.com
It supports Python 2.7, and 3.5 onwards
tvnamer has moved to a separate repository: github.com/dbr/tvnamer - it is a utility which uses
tvdb_api to rename files from
Some Show - [01x03] - The Episode Name.avi (which works by getting the episode name from
You can easily install
pip install --upgrade tvdb_api
You may need to use sudo, depending on your setup:
sudo pip install --upgrade tvdb_api
First initialise an instance of the
Tvdb class with your API key:
import tvdb_api t = tvdb_api.Tvdb()
Note you must specify the apikey argument here, for example:
t = Tvdb(apikey="ENTER YOUR API KEY HERE") # doctest:+SKIP
See https://thetvdb.com/api-information to register a key.
Then to use the API:
episode = t['My Name Is Earl'] # get season 1, episode 3 of show print episode['episodename'] # Print episode name
Registering an API key
You must have an API key from http://thetvdb.com in order to use this module.
Registering for a key is easy to do and can be done within a few minutes - see the following page for details:
tvdb_api v2 a default key was included for convenience. However over time this key became very heavily used and this causes problems for TheTVDB.com admins. This old shared key will be deprecated and removed at some point soon.
Most of the documentation is in docstrings. The examples are tested (using doctest) so will always be up to date and working.
The docstring for
Tvdb.__init__ lists all initialisation arguments, including support for non-English searches, custom "Select Series" interfaces and enabling the retrieval of banners and extended actor information. You can also override the default API key using
apikey, recommended if you're using
tvdb_api in a larger script or application
There are several exceptions you may catch, these can be imported from
tvdb_error- this is raised when there is an error communicating with thetvdb.com (a network error most commonly)
tvdb_userabort- raised when a user aborts the Select Series dialog (by
ctrl+c, or entering
tvdb_shownotfound- raised when
t['show name']cannot find anything
tvdb_seasonnotfound- raised when the requested series (
t['show name]) does not exist
tvdb_episodenotfound- raised when the requested episode (
t['show name]) does not exist.
tvdb_attributenotfound- raised when the requested attribute is not found (
t['show name']['an attribute'],
t['show name']['an attribute'], or
t['show name']['an attribute'])
All data exposed by thetvdb.com is accessible via the
Show class. A Show is retrieved by doing..
>>> import tvdb_api >>> t = tvdb_api.Tvdb() >>> show = t['scrubs'] >>> type(show) <class 'tvdb_api.Show'>
For example, to find out what network Scrubs is aired:
>>> t['scrubs']['network'] u'ABC'
The data is stored in an attribute named
data, within the Show instance:
>>> t['scrubs'].data.keys() ['networkid', 'rating', 'airs_dayofweek', 'contentrating', 'seriesname', 'id', 'airs_time', 'network', 'fanart', 'lastupdated', 'actors', 'ratingcount', 'status', 'added', 'poster', 'tms_wanted_old', 'imdb_id', 'genre', 'banner', 'seriesid', 'language', 'zap2it_id', 'addedby', 'firstaired', 'runtime', 'overview']
Although each element is also accessible via
t['scrubs'] for ease-of-use:
>>> t['scrubs']['rating'] u'9.0'
This is the recommended way of retrieving "one-off" data (for example, if you are only interested in "seriesname"). If you wish to iterate over all data, or check if a particular show has a specific piece of data, use the
>>> 'rating' in t['scrubs'].data True
Banners and actors
Since banners and actors are separate XML files, retrieving them by default is undesirable. If you wish to retrieve banners (and other fanart), use the
banners Tvdb initialisation argument:
>>> from tvdb_api import Tvdb >>> t = Tvdb(banners = True)
Then access the data using a
>>> t['scrubs']['_banners'].keys() ['fanart', 'poster', 'series', 'season']
The banner data structure will be improved in future versions.
Extended actor data is accessible similarly:
>>> t = Tvdb(actors = True) >>> actors = t['scrubs']['_actors'] >>> actors <Actor "Zach Braff"> >>> actors.keys() ['sortorder', 'image', 'role', 'id', 'name'] >>> actors['role'] u'Dr. John Michael "J.D." Dorian'
Remember a simple list of actors is accessible via the default Show data:
>>> t['scrubs']['actors'] u'|Zach Braff|Donald Faison|Sarah Chalke|Judy Reyes|John C. McGinley|Neil Flynn|Ken Jenkins|Christa Miller|Aloma Wright|Robert Maschio|Sam Lloyd|Travis Schuldt|Johnny Kastl|Heather Graham|Michael Mosley|Kerry Bish\xe9|Dave Franco|Eliza Coupe|'