Python Quickstart

Complete the steps described in the rest of this page to create a simple Python command-line application that makes requests to the G Suite Reseller API.


To run this quickstart, you'll need:

  • Python 2.6 or greater
  • The pip package management tool
  • A Google Reseller domain instance
  • A fully executed G Suite partner agreement

Step 1: Turn on the G Suite Reseller API

Click this button to create a new console project and automatically enable the G Suite Reseller API:

Enable the G Suite Reseller API

This opens a new dialog. In the dialog, do the following:

  1. Select + Create a new project.
  2. Download the configuration file.
  3. Move the downloaded file to your working directory and ensure it is named credentials.json.

Step 2: Install the Google Client Library

Run the following command to install the library using pip:

pip install --upgrade google-api-python-client google-auth-httplib2 google-auth-oauthlib

See the library's installation page for the alternative installation options.

Step 3: Set up the sample

Create a file named in your working directory and copy in the following code:

from __future__ import print_function
import pickle
import os.path
from googleapiclient.discovery import build
from google_auth_oauthlib.flow import InstalledAppFlow
from google.auth.transport.requests import Request

# If modifying these scopes, delete the file token.pickle.
SCOPES = ['']

def main():
    """Calls the Admin SDK Reseller API. Prints the customer ID, SKU ID,
    and plan name of the first 10 subscriptions managed by the domain.
    creds = None
    # The file token.pickle stores the user's access and refresh tokens, and is
    # created automatically when the authorization flow completes for the first
    # time.
    if os.path.exists('token.pickle'):
        with open('token.pickle', 'rb') as token:
            creds = pickle.load(token)
    # If there are no (valid) credentials available, let the user log in.
    if not creds or not creds.valid:
        if creds and creds.expired and creds.refresh_token:
            flow = InstalledAppFlow.from_client_secrets_file(
                'credentials.json', SCOPES)
            creds = flow.run_local_server()
        # Save the credentials for the next run
        with open('token.pickle', 'wb') as token:
            pickle.dump(creds, token)

    service = build('reseller', 'v1', credentials=creds)

    # Call the Admin SDK Reseller API
    print('Getting the first 10 subscriptions')
    results = service.subscriptions().list(maxResults=10).execute()
    subscriptions = results.get('subscriptions', [])
    if not subscriptions:
        print('No subscriptions found.')
        for subscription in subscriptions:
            print(u'{0} ({1}, {2})'.format(subscription['customerId'],
                subscription['skuId'], subscription['plan']['planName']))

if __name__ == '__main__':

Step 4: Run the sample

Run the sample using the following command:

  1. The sample will attempt to open a new window or tab in your default browser. If this fails, copy the URL from the console and manually open it in your browser.

    If you are not already logged into your Google account, you will be prompted to log in. If you are logged into multiple Google accounts, you will be asked to select one account to use for the authorization.

  2. Click the Accept button.
  3. The sample will proceed automatically, and you may close the window/tab.


  • Authorization information is stored on the file system, so subsequent executions will not prompt for authorization.
  • The authorization flow in this example is designed for a command-line application. For information on how to perform authorization in a web application, see Using OAuth 2.0 for Web Server Applications.

Further reading


AttributeError: 'Module_six_moves_urllib_parse' object has no attribute 'urlparse'

This error can occur in Mac OSX where the default installation of the six module (a dependency of this library) is loaded before the one that pip installed. To fix the issue, add pip's install location to the PYTHONPATH system environment variable:

  1. Determine pip's install location with the following command:

    pip show six | grep "Location:" | cut -d " " -f2
  2. Add the following line to your ~/.bashrc file, replacing <pip_install_path> with the value determined above:

    export PYTHONPATH=$PYTHONPATH:<pip_install_path>
  3. Reload your ~/.bashrc file in any open terminal windows using the following command:

    source ~/.bashrc

TypeError: sequence item 0: expected str instance, bytes found

This error is due to a bug in httplib2, and upgrading to the latest version should resolve it:

pip install --upgrade httplib2

Cannot uninstall 'six'. It is a distutils installed project...

When running the pip install command you may receive the following error:

Cannot uninstall 'six'. It is a distutils installed project and thus we
cannot accurately determine which files belong to it which would lead to
only a partial uninstall.

This can happen on Mac OSX when pip attempts to upgrade the six package that came pre-installed. To work around this issue you can add the flag --ignore-installed six to the pip install command listed in Step 2.

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