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A lightweight Python wrapper for the Stack Exchange API v2.1. Built with Requests.

Why yet another SE API Python wrapper? (I'm aware of Stack.PY - A Python Module for Accessing the Stack Exchange 2.1 API and Py-StackExchange: An API wrapper for Python.)

For me there were two key things:

  • make commands as straightforward as possible,
  • make easy to harvest a lot of pages.

First, because I wanted to use commands directly from the documentation, e.g.:

se.fetch("users/{ids}/comments/{toid}", ids=[29407, 23354], toid=22656,
          sort="creation", order="desc", site="stackoverflow") 

Second arose from practical reason - I wanted to plot Map of all SE sites (except the 3 biggest), see also Tag Graph Map of Stack Exchange wiki at GitHub, using e.g.:

se.fetch("users", site="cogsci")

to easily get user_id, account_id and reputation.


An open license CC BY 3.0. No warranty etc.


From GitHub:

Do you want to raise an issue or contribute? Great!


General philosophy of usage

  • se.fetch[_one](command, **parameters)
  • parameters as in the documentation
  • in the command, "{something}" and "{somethings}" are treated as placeholders for an int/str or a list of int/str, respectively


import SEAPI

some_users = se.fetch_one("users/{ids}", ids=[1,3,7,9,13], site="stackoverflow") 

all_user = se.fetch("users", site="academia")

Now, some_users and all_user are lists with the respective response from each query.

Alternatively, you can initialize SEAPI with default options, typically - site name, e.g.

so = SEAPI.SEAPI(site="stackoverflow")

some_questions = so.fetch("questions", page_limit=10)
# except for very small sites, you want to set page limit

some_sorted_posts = so.fetch_one("posts", order="desc", sort="votes")
# for sorting sometimes asking for more that one results in "throttle violation"

If you want to diagnose a problem, or avoid it:

# lookup at the last command sent

# check the last response status

slow_food = so.fetch("tags", min_delay=0.5)
# or set delay (by default it's 0.05)


I'm a beginner, so all remarks with respect to the code quality, good practices, etc are welcome!

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Step 1: I would like to retrieve all the related tags of a particular tag using your package, much like what is accomplished here.

Step 2: I would like to find the intersection between two lists of related tags.


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x = so.fetch("/tags/{tag}/related", tag=tag1), y = so.fetch("/tags/{tag}/related", tag=tag2) and the rest is Python (e.g. get tag names and make set intersection, if it is what you have in mind). – Piotr Migdal Dec 30 '13 at 22:32
SEAPI is clean, efficient and a breath of fresh air compared to the other StackApps I've struggled with all night! It would be great if it incorporated authentication using requests_oauthlib. Is that already in the works? – lifebalance Dec 30 '13 at 23:17
SEAPI is not under active development. But if you want some changes, why not forking the repository - I would be happy to accept some pull requests. :) – Piotr Migdal Jan 21 '14 at 18:58
Sorry, I am adding this here, but TimStone already deleted the other answer. The API seems to work okay for StackFavorites - so.fetch("/users/{ids}/favorites",ids = [id], order="desc", sort="added", page=1) is what I am using, but it did not work. – lifebalance Jan 21 '14 at 19:38
I did click on the you posted and it didn't respond to order parameter. As the SEAPI has no ambition beyond translating Pythonic queries to StackExchange API, there is little I can do. Maybe the other app uses a different query or takes all favourites (I guess, rarely more than a few thousands) and performs the sorting? I do not know. – Piotr Migdal Jan 22 '14 at 12:00
You are right, that's what I probably need to do. THanks, – lifebalance Jan 24 '14 at 4:59

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