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CI Status Version Versions is an easy-to-use and fully-functional Python wrapper and command-line utility for the API.

Installation is available for download through the Python Package Index (PyPi). You can install it right away using pip or easy_install.

If you're using Python 3 or above:

pip install "pinboard>=2.0"

For Python 2.7:

pip install "pinboard>=1.0,<2.0"


To get started, you're going to need to get your Pinboard API token from the password page on the Pinboard website. Once you've got that, you're ready to go.

>>> import pinboard
>>> pb = pinboard.Pinboard('API_TOKEN')

Once you've done this, you can now use the pb object to make calls to the Pinboard API. Here are some examples:


Returns the most recent time a bookmark was added, updated or deleted.

>>> pb.posts.update()
datetime.datetime(2014, 7, 27, 18, 11, 29)


Add a bookmark:

>>> pb.posts.add(url="", description="A Great Search Engine", \
        extended="This is a description!", tags=["search", "tools"], shared=True, \

Update a bookmark:

# First, retrieve the bookmark you'd like to edit
>>> bookmark = pb.posts.get(url='')['posts'][0]
>>> bookmark
<Bookmark description="A Great Search Engine" url="">

# You can now change description, extended, shared, toread, tags, or time directly with the bookmark object.
>>> bookmark.description = "Google is pretty awesome"
>>> bookmark.tags = ["search", "searching"]

# If you want to update the bookmark creation date as well, you'll need to pass in `update_time=True` to the save method
>>> import datetime
>>> bookmark.time = - datetime.timedelta(days=5)

Delete a bookmark:

>>> pb.posts.delete(url="")

Get one or more posts on a single day matching the parameters:

>>> pb.posts.get(url="")
{u'date': datetime.datetime(2014, 7, 25, 16, 35, 25),
 u'posts': [<Bookmark description="A Great Search Engine" url="">],
 u'user': u'dlo'}

>>> import datetime
>>> pb.posts.get(
{u'date': datetime.datetime(2014, 7, 25, 16, 35, 25),
 u'posts': [<Bookmark description="A Great Search Engine" url="">,
  <Bookmark description="Smooth Scrolling | CSS-Tricks" url="">,
  <Bookmark description="Apple "Frustrated" that "People Don't Want to Pay Anything" on Mobile, Says 'The Banner Saga' Developer | Touch Arcade" url="">],
 u'user': u'dlo'}

Return all recent bookmarks (optionally filtering by tag):

>>> pb.posts.recent(tag=["programming", "python"])
{u'date': datetime.datetime(2014, 4, 28, 2, 7, 58),
 u'posts': [<Bookmark description="itunesfs : Python Package Index" url="">,
  <Bookmark description="mincss "Clears the junk out of your CSS" -" url="">,
  <Bookmark description="Braintree Test Credit Card Account Numbers" url="">,
  <Bookmark description="Valued Lessons: Monads in Python (with nice syntax!)" url="">,
  <Bookmark description="Paste #EGY1XPQxQ2UPuT91SH83 at spacepaste" url="">,
  <Bookmark description="40 Random Letters and Numbers" url="">,
  <Bookmark description="PEP 3156 -- Asynchronous IO Support Rebooted" url="">,
  <Bookmark description="Brython" url="">,
  <Bookmark description="Django REST framework" url="">,
  <Bookmark description="mypy - A New Python Variant with Dynamic and Static Typing" url="">,
  <Bookmark description="Julython 2012" url="">,
  <Bookmark description="Stripe Blog: Exploring Python Using GDB" url="">,
  <Bookmark description="Python FAQ: Descriptors - fuzzy notepad" url="">,
  <Bookmark description="A Guide to Python's Magic Methods «" url="">,
  <Bookmark description="Melopy" url="">,
  <Bookmark description="litl/rauth" url="">],
 u'user': u'dlo'}

Return a list of dates with the number of posts at each date:

>>> pb.posts.dates(tag=["programming", "python"])
{u'dates': {, 12, 5): 1,, 12, 6): 1,
  ..., 7, 24): 6,, 7, 25): 4},
 u'tag': u'programming+python',
 u'user': u'dlo'}

Get all bookmarks in your account:

>>> pb.posts.all()
[<Bookmark description="Of Princesses and Dragons" url="">
 <Bookmark description="A Great Search Engine" url="">,
 <Bookmark description="Runner Econ 101 - StimHa" url="">,
 <Bookmark description="서인국, 탄탄 근육+ 태평양 어깨…어부바 부른다 : 네이" url="">]

You can also filter by tag, start, results, fromdt, or todt.

>>> import datetime
>>> five_days_ago = - datetime.timedelta(days=5)
>>> pb.posts.all(tag=["programming"], start=10, results=100, fromdt=five_days_ago)
[<Bookmark description="Of Princesses and Dragons" url="">
 <Bookmark description="A Great Search Engine" url="">,
 <Bookmark description="Runner Econ 101 - StimHa" url="">,
 <Bookmark description="서인국, 탄탄 근육+ 태평양 어깨…어부바 부른다 : 네이" url="">]


Suggest tags for a given URL:

>>> pb.posts.suggest(url="")
[{u'popular': [u'pinboard']},
 {u'recommended': [u'bookmark',

Return all tags in your account along with the number of times they were used:

>>> pb.tags.get()
[<Tag name="absurd" count=1>,
<Tag name="accessibility" count=2>,
<Tag name="accounting" count=3>,
<Tag name="zen" count=1>,
<Tag name="zsh" count=1>,
<Tag name="zynga" count=1>]

Delete a tag:

>>> pb.tags.delete(tag="zynga")

Rename a tag:

>>> pb.tags.rename(old='ppython', new='python')


By default, will return parsed JSON objects. If you'd like the raw response object for a request, just pass in parse_response=False.

>>> response = pb.tags.get(parse_response=False)
>>> response
<addinfourl at 4396047680 whose fp = <socket._fileobject object at 0x105f79850>>
... your tags ... maps one-to-one with the Pinboard API (e.g., will send a request to ""). For more information on other methods and usage, please refer to the Pinboard API documentation.

One more note--you might have noticed that there is no "title" attribute for bookmarks. I promise you, there's a good reason for this! This has been done since the Pinboard API calls titles "descriptions" and descriptions "extended" (which, interestingly, was done to stay consistent with the Delicious API, which the Pinboard API was modeled after). In order to keep things minimally confusing, this library sticks to how the Pinboard API names these fields. Just remember--"description" means "title" and "extended" means "description".

Command Line

In addition to providing full Python-level support for the Pinboard API, also comes bundled with a handy command-line utility called "pinboard". Just type "pinboard -h" for a full list of supported commands. Your API token needs to be available to, and can be entered in several ways. Firstly will try to read the ~/.pinboardrc configuration file. If not present then it will try to read an environment variable called PINBOARD_TOKEN. Lastly it will show a shell prompt for the user to enter their token (you can immediately force the latter behavior by typing pinboard login).

All of the commands pre-process and indent the JSON output. If you would like to shoot the raw response data to stdout, just pass "--raw" before the subcommand (e.g., "pinboard --raw bookmarks").


$ pinboard login
Enter your Pinboard API token: username:XXXXX
Saved Pinboard credentials to ~/.pinboardrc
$ pinboard suggest-tags --url
        "popular": [
        "recommended": [
$ pinboard get --date 7-13-2014
    "date": "2014-07-13T03:03:58Z",
    "posts": [
            "extended": "",
            "hash": "e2311835eb0de6bff2595a9b1525bb98",
            "description": "Python 2.7.x and Python 3.x key differences",
            "tags": "python",
            "href": "",
            "meta": "561d1f53791a8c50109393411f0301fc",
            "time": "2014-07-13T03:03:58Z",
            "shared": "yes",
            "toread": "no"
            "extended": "",
            "hash": "4abe28f70154bd35f84be73cec0c53ef",
            "description": "Miami, the great world city, is drowning while the powers that be look away | World news | The Observer",
            "tags": "",
            "href": "",
            "meta": "2ca547789553ba9d3202a5cd3d367685",
            "time": "2014-07-13T02:53:54Z",
            "shared": "yes",
            "toread": "yes"
    "user": "dlo"
$ pinboard --raw get --date 7/13/2014
{"date":"2014-07-13T03:03:58Z","user":"dlo","posts":[{"href":"http:\/\/\/Articles\/2014_python_2_3_key_diff.html","description":"Python 2.7.x and Python 3.x key differences","extended":"","meta":"561d1f53791a8c50109393411f0301fc","hash":"e2311835eb0de6bff2595a9b1525bb98","time":"2014-07-13T03:03:58Z","shared":"yes","toread":"no","tags":"python"},{"href":"http:\/\/\/world\/2014\/jul\/11\/miami-drowning-climate-change-deniers-sea-levels-rising","description":"Miami, the great world city, is drowning while the powers that be look away | World news | The Observer","extended":"","meta":"2ca547789553ba9d3202a5cd3d367685","hash":"4abe28f70154bd35f84be73cec0c53ef","time":"2014-07-13T02:53:54Z","shared":"yes","toread":"yes","tags":""}]}

You can print a full list of pinboard commands by passing the "-h" flag.

$ pinboard -h
usage: pinboard [-h] [--raw]


positional arguments:
    add                 posts/add
    delete              posts/delete
    get                 posts/get
    recent              posts/recent
    dates               posts/dates
    bookmarks           posts/all
    suggest-tags        posts/suggest
    tags                tags/get
    delete-tag          tags/delete
    rename-tag          tags/rename
    notes               notes/list
    note                notes/ID
    rss-key             user/secret
    api-token           user/api_token

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  --raw                 Print the raw data from the Pinboard API without any

...or help for a specific subcommand by passing the subcommand and then the "-h" flag.

$ pinboard bookmarks -h
usage: pinboard bookmarks [-h] [--from_date FROM_DATE] [--to_date TO_DATE]
                          [--tags TAGS [TAGS ...]] [--count COUNT]
                          [--offset OFFSET]

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  --from_date FROM_DATE
  --to_date TO_DATE
  --tags TAGS [TAGS ...]
  --count COUNT
  --offset OFFSET

Using the CLI in Docker

To build the CLI in Docker:

$ cd <path_to_pinboard>/bin
$ docker build -t pinboard .

To run the CLI in Docker after building:

$ export PINBOARD_TOKEN=<your_pinboard_token>
$ docker run -ti -e PINBOARD_TOKEN pinboard bookmarks --count 10


If you like this library, you might want to check out Pushpin for Pinboard.

License License

Apache License, Version 2.0. See LICENSE for details.


A full-featured Python wrapper (and command-line utility) for the Pinboard API. Built by the makers of Pushpin for Pinboard.








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