MailChimp API wrapper for Python
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PostMonkey is a simple Python (2.6+) wrapper for MailChimp's API version 1.3.


  1. 100% unit test and code coverage
  2. Connections handled by Requests
  3. Configurable timeout
  4. Simple Exceptions

Basic Usage

Once you create a PostMonkey instance with your MailChimp API key, you can use it to call MailChimp's API methods directly:

    from postmonkey import PostMonkey
    pm = PostMonkey('your_api_key') # returns u"Everything's Chimpy!"

If the MailChimp method call accepts parameters, you can supply them in the form of keyword arguments. See Examples for common use cases, and refer to the MailChimp API v1.3 official documentation for a complete list of method calls, parameters, and response objects.

MailChimp has established guidelines/limits for API usage, so please refer to their FAQ for information.

Note: it is the caller's responsibility to supply valid method names and any required parameters. If MailChimp receives an invalid request, PostMonkey will raise a postmonkey.exceptions.MailChimpException containing the error code and message. See MailChimp API v1.3 - Exceptions for additional details.


Create a new PostMonkey instance with a 10 second timeout for requests:

    from postmonkey import PostMonkey
    pm = PostMonkey('your_api_key', timeout=10)

Get the IDs for your campaign lists:

    lists = pm.lists()

    # print the ID and name of each list
    for list in lists['data']:
        print list['id'], list['name']

Subscribe "emailaddress" to list ID 5:

    pm.listSubscribe(id=5, email_address="emailaddress")

Catch an exception returned by MailChimp (invalid list ID):

    from postmonkey import MailChimpException
        pm.listSubscribe(id=42, email_address="emailaddress")
    except MailChimpException, e:
        print e.code  # 200
        print e.error # u'Invalid MailChimp List ID: 42'

Get campaign data for all "sent" campaigns:

    campaigns = pm.campaigns(filters=[{'status': 'sent'}])

    # print the name and count of emails sent for each campaign
    for c in campaigns['data']:
        print c['title'], c['emails_sent']