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Getting Started


To install Pytanis simple run:

pip install pytanis
or to install all recommended additional dependencies:
pip install 'pytanis[all]'
Then create a configuration file and directory in your user's home directory. For Linux/MacOS/Unix use ~/.pytanis/config.toml and for Windows $HOME\.pytanis\config.toml, where $HOME is e.g. C:\Users\yourusername\. Use your favourite editor to open config.toml within the .pytanis directory and add the following content:
api_token = "932ndsf9uk32nf9sdkn3454532nj32jn"

client_secret_json = "client_secret.json"
token_json = "token.json"

account = "934jcjkdf-39df-9df-93kf-934jfhuuij39fd"
entity_id = ""
token = "dal:Sx4id934C3Y-X934jldjdfjk"
where you need to replace the dummy values in the sections [Pretalx] and [HelpDesk] accordingly.


You have to configure the credentials and tokens only for the sections you actually want to use. For instance, [Pretalx] and [Google] are the most important sections for users that want to interact with Pretalx and also Google Sheets. If for instance no access to HelpDesk is necessary, e.g. no mails need to be sent, you can just leave out the key/value pairs in the [HelpDesk] section.

Retrieving the Credentials and Tokens

  • Google: Follow the Python Quickstart for the Google API to generate and download the file client_secret.json. Move it to the ~/.pytanis folder as client_secret.json. The file token.json will be automatically generated later. Note that config.toml references those two files relative to its own location.
  • Pretalx: The API token can be found in the Pretalx user settings.
  • HelpDesk: Log into the LiveChat Developer Console then go to Tools » Personal Access Tokens. Hit Create new token +, enter a the name Pytanis, select all scopes and confirm. In the following screen copy the Account ID, Entity ID and Token and paste them into config.toml. In case there is any trouble with livechat, contact a helpdesk admin.