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Client Library for Nuxeo API

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The Nuxeo Python Client is a Python client library for the Nuxeo Automation and REST API. It works with Python 3.6+.

This is an ongoing project, supported by Nuxeo.

Getting Started

The installation is as simple as:

python -m pip install -U --user nuxeo

The client can make use of the Amazon S3 provider, to install its requirements:

python -m pip install -U --user "nuxeo[s3]"

The client is compatible with OAuth2 mechanism, to install its requirements:

python -m pip install -U --user "nuxeo[oauth2]"

And to install several flavors of requirements:

python -m pip install -U --user "nuxeo[oauth2, s3]"


Then, use the following import statement to have access to the Nuxeo API:

from nuxeo.client import Nuxeo


Check out the API documentation.


The Nuxeo Python client works only with:

  • the Nuxeo Platform >= LTS 2015
  • requests >= 2.12.2 (for unicode authentication)
  • setuptools >= 30.3.0

Quick Start

This quick start guide will show how to do basics operations using the client.

Connect to the Nuxeo Platform

The easiest way to connect to the Nuxeo Platform with a basic authentication is passing a tuple containing the username and the password to the client, like so:

nuxeo = Nuxeo(auth=('Administrator', 'Administrator'))

You can then use the nuxeo object to interact with the Platform. If you want to use a specific instance, you can specify the base_url like so:

nuxeo = Nuxeo(
    auth=('Administrator', 'Administrator')

Download/Upload Configuration

In the nuxeo/ file, you have several constants that are used throughout the client that you can change to fit your needs. Some of them are:

  • CHECK_PARAMS (False by default), to check operation's parameters for each and every HTTP calls.
  • CHUNK_LIMIT (10 MiB by default), the size above which the upload will automatically be chunked.
  • CHUNK_SIZE (8 KiB by default), the size of the chunks when downloading.
  • MAX_RETRY (5 by default), the number of retries for connection error on any HTTP call.
  • UPLOAD_CHUNK_SIZE (20 MiB by default), the size of the chunks when uploading.

Run NXQL Queries

You can run queries in NXQL (NXQL is a subset of SQL, you can check how to use it in the documentation). Here, we are first fetching a workspace, and then using its uid to build a query which will find all its children that have a File or Picture type, and are not deleted.

# Fetch a workspace
ws = nuxeo.documents.get(path='/default-domain/workspaces/ws')

# Build a query using its UID
nxql = ("SELECT * FROM Document WHERE ecm:ancestorId = '{uid}'"
        "   AND ecm:primaryType IN ('File', 'Picture')"
        "   AND ecm:currentLifeCycleState != 'deleted'")
query = nxql.format(uid=ws.uid)

# Make the request
search = nuxeo.client.query(query, params={'properties': '*'})

# Get results
entries = search['entries']

entries will be a list containing a dict for each element returned by the query.


Now that your client is set up, here are pages to help you with the main functions available:

You can also check the API documentation of this Python client for further options.


See our contribution documentation.


git clone
cd nuxeo-python-client
python -m pip install -e ".[oauth2, s3]"


A Nuxeo Platform instance needs to be running on http://localhost:8080/nuxeo for the tests to be run, and then:

python -m pip install -U --user tox


We use Sentry to catch unhandled errors from tests. You can tweak it before running tox.

It can be disabled:

export SKIP_SENTRY=1

You can also customize the Sentry DSN for your own team:


And customize the Sentry environment too:

# Note that the default value is "testing"
export SENTRY_ENV="testing"


Releases are fully automated, have a look at that GitHub Action.

Reporting Issues

You can follow the developments in the Nuxeo Python Client project of our JIRA bug tracker: NXPY.

You can report issues on


Apache License 2.0 Copyright (c) Nuxeo

About Nuxeo

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