Official Python SDK for Filestack - API and content management system that makes it easy to add powerful file uploading and transformation capabilities to any web or mobile application.
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Filestack Python

This is the official Python SDK for Filestack - API and content management system that makes it easy to add powerful file uploading and transformation capabilities to any web or mobile application.



Install filestack with pip

pip install filestack-python

or directly from GitHub

pip install git+


The Filestack SDK allows you to upload and handle filelinks using two main classes: Client and Filelink.

Uploading New File with Client

from filestack import Client
client = Client("<YOUR_API_KEY>")

params = {'mimetype': 'image/png'}
new_filelink = client.upload(filepath="path/to/file", params=params)

Uploading local files will use Filestack's multipart upload by default. To disable, just set the argument to false.

new_filelink = client.upload(filepath="path/to/file", multipart=False)

Uploading files using Filestack Intelligent Ingestion

To upload files using Filestack Intelligent Ingestion, simply add intelligent=True argument

new_filelink = client.upload(filepath="path/to/file", intelligent=True)

FII always uses multipart uploads. In case of network issues, it will dynamically split file parts into smaller chunks (sacrificing upload speed in favour of upload reliability).

Create Filelink using Existing Handle

from filestack import Filelink
new_filelink = Filelink("<YOUR_HANDLE>")

Basic Filelink Functions

With a Filelink, you can download to a local path or get the content of a file. You can also delete or overwrite files if you have security enabled on your account.

file_content = new_filelink.get_content()

response ="/path/to/file")


response = filelink.delete()


You can chain transformations on both Filelinks and external URLs. Storing transformations will return a new Filelink object.

transform = client.transform_external('http://<SOME_URL>')
new_filelink = transform.resize(width=500, height=500).flip().enhance().store()

filelink = Filelink("<YOUR_HANDLE">)
new_filelink = filelink.resize(width=500, height=500).flip().enhance().store()

You can also retrieve the transformation url at any point.

transform_candidate = client.transform_external('http://<SOME_URL>')
transform = transform_candidate.resize(width=500, height=500).flip().enhance()

Audio/Video Convert

Audio and video conversion works just like any transformation, except it returns an instance of class AudioVisual, which allows you to check the status of your video conversion, as well as get its UUID and timestamp.

av_object = filelink.av_convert(width=100, height=100)
while (av_object.status != 'completed'):

The status property makes a call to the API to check its current status, and you can call to_filelink() once video is complete (this function checks its status first and will fail if not completed yet).

filelink = av_object.to_filelink()

Security Objects

Security is set on Client or Filelink classes upon instantiation.

from filestack import security

json_policy = {"expiry": 253381964415}
security = security(json_policy, '<YOUR_APP_SECRET>')
client = Client("<YOUR_API_KEY", security=security)

# new Filelink object inherits security and will use for all calls
new_filelink = client.upload(filepath="path/to/file")


Filestack Python SDK follows the Semantic Versioning.