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This is a python library for the wonderful Pushbullet service. It allows you to send push notifications to Android devices.

In order to use the API you need an API key that can be obtained here. This is user specific and is used instead of passwords.


The easiest way is to just open your favorite terminal and type

pip install

Alternatively you can clone this repo and install it with

python install


  • The wonderful requests library.
  • The magical python-magic library.



from pushbullet import Pushbullet

pb = Pushbullet(api_key)

If your key is invalid (that is, the Pushbullet API returns a 401), an InvalidKeyError is raised.

Using a proxy

When specified, all requests to the API will be made through the proxy. Note that the use of SOCKS proxies requires the requests[socks] package (pip install requests[socks] to install), however HTTP proxies (w/ Basic Auth) work fine without the requests[socks] package.

from pushbullet import Pushbullet

pb = Pushbullet(api_key, proxy={"https": "https://user:pass@"})

Note that only HTTPS proxies work with Pushbullet.

Pushing things

Pushing a text note

push = pb.push_note("This is the title", "This is the body")

push is a dictionary containing the data returned by the Pushbullet API.

Pushing a link

push = pb.push_link("Cool site", "")

Pushing a file

Pushing files is a two part process. First you need to upload the file, and after that you can push it like you would anything else.

with open("my_cool_picture.jpg", "rb") as pic:
    file_data = pb.upload_file(pic, "picture.jpg")

push = pb.push_file(**file_data)

upload_file returns a dictionary containing file_type, file_url and file_name keys. These are the same parameters that push_file take.

The advantage of this is that if you already have a file uploaded somewhere, you can use that instead of uploading again. For example:

push = pb.push_file(file_url="", file_name="cat.jpg", file_type="image/jpeg")

Working with pushes

You can also view all previous pushes:

pushes = pb.get_pushes()

Pushes is a list containing dictionaries that have push data. You can use this data to dismiss notifications or delete pushes.

latest = pushes[0]

# We already read it, so let's dismiss it

# Now delete it

Both of these raise PushbulletError if there's an error.

You can also delete all of your pushes:

pushes = pb.delete_pushes()

Pushing to specific devices

So far all our pushes went to all connected devices, but there's a way to limit that.

First we need to get hold of some devices.

# Get all devices that the current user has access to.
# [Device('Motorola Moto G'), Device('N7'), Device('Chrome')]

# Select a device from the array using indexing
motog = pb.devices[0]

# Or retrieve a device by its name. Note that an InvalidKeyError is raised if the name does not exist
motog = pb.get_device('Motorola Moto G')

Now we can use the device objects like we did with `pb`:

push = motog.push_note("Hello world!", "We're using the api.")

Alternatively we can pass the device to push methods:

push = pb.push_note("Hello world!", "We're using the api.", device=motog)

Creating new devices

Creating a new device is easy too, you only need to specify a name for it. Though you can also specify manufacturer, model and icon too.

listener = pb.new_device("Listener")
motog = pb.new_device("MotoG", manufacturer="Motorola", model="G", icon="android")

Now you can use it like any other device.

Editing devices

You can change the nickname, the manufacturer, model and icon of the device:

listener = pb.edit_device(listener, manufacturer="Python", model="3.4.1", icon="system")
motog = pb.edit_device(motog, nickname="My MotoG")

Deleting devices

Of course, you can also delete devices, even those not added by you.


A PushbulletError is raised on error.


You can also send pushes to channels. First, create a channel on the Pushbullet website (also make sure to subscribe to that channel). All channels which belong to the current user can be retrieved as follows:

# Get all channels created by the current user
# [Channel('My Channel' 'channel_identifier')]

my_channel = pb.channels[0]

# Or retrieve a channel by its channel_tag. Note that an InvalidKeyError is raised if the channel_tag does not exist
my_channel = pb.get_channel('My Channel')

Then you can send a push to all subscribers of this channel like so:

push = my_channel.push_note("Hello Channel!", "Hello My Channel")

Alternatively we can pass the channel to push methods:

push = pb.push_note("Hello Channel!", "Hello My Channel.", channel=my_channel)

Note that you can only push to channels which have been created by the current user.


Contacts, which are known as "Chats" in Pushbullet's terminilogy, work just like devices:

# Get all contacts the user has
# [Chat('Peter' <>), Chat('Sophie' <>)]

sophie = pb.chats[1]

Now we can use the chat objects like we did with pb or with the devices.:

push = sophie.push_note("Hello world!", "We're using the api.")

# Or:
push = pb.push_note("Hello world!", "We're using the api.", chat=sophie)

Adding new chats

bob = pb.new_chat("Bob", "")

Editing chats

You can change the name of any chat:

bob = pb.edit_chat(bob, "bobby")

Deleting chats


Sending SMS messages

device = pb.devices[0]
push = pb.push_sms(device, "+3612345678", "Wowza!")

End-To-End encryption

You activate end-to-end encryption by specifying your encryption key during the construction of the Pushbullet instance:

from pushbullet import Pushbullet

pb = Pushbullet(api_key, "My secret password")

When specified, all sent SMS will be encrypted. Note that the use of end-to-end encryption requires the cryptography package. Since end-to-end encryption is only supported for SMS at the moment, the cryptography library is not specified as a dependency of and should be installed seperatly by running pip install cryptography.

Note that Pushbullet supportes End-To-End encryption only in SMS, notification mirroring and universal copy & paste. Your pushes will not be end-to-end encrypted.

Error checking

If the Pushbullet api returns an error code a PushError an __ InvalidKeyError or a PushbulletError is raised. The first __ two are both subclasses of PushbulletError

The pushbullet api documetation contains a list of possible status codes.


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MIT license. See LICENSE for full text.