Python Quick Start

This project shows you how to implement a simple piece of Glassware that demos the major functionality of the Google Mirror API.

To see a fully-working demo of the quick start project, go to Otherwise, read on to see how to deploy your own version.

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The App Engine SDK for Python - The Python quick start project is implemented using App Engine. You need the Python App Engine SDK to develop and deploy your project. Run the installer if appropriate for your platform, or extract the zip file in a convenient place.

Creating a Google App Engine instance

You'll need to host the quick start project on an instance of Google App Engine:

  1. Go to
  2. Click Create Application and create a public Google App Engine instance hosted on
  3. Give the application an Application Identifier and leave the authentication Open to all Google Accounts users. You'll need the application identifier later to configure the quick start project.

Creating a Google APIs Console project

Next, enable access to the Google Mirror API:

  1. Go to the Google APIs console and create a new API project.
  2. Click Services and enable the Google Mirror API for your new project. the Google Mirror API on the Google API Console
  3. Click API Access and create an OAuth 2.0 client ID for a web application. the API Access section of the Google API console
  4. Specify the product name and icon for your Glassware. These fields appear on the OAuth grant screen presented to your users. specifying brand information
  5. Select Web application and specify any value for the hostname, such as localhost selecting application type
  6. Click Edit settings... for the client ID to specify redirect URIs. Specify http://localhost:8080/oauth2callback and the callback URL for your App Engine instance, for example, the Google API console configuration panel for redirect URIs
  7. Make note of the client ID and secret from the Google APIs Console. You'll need it to configure the quick start project. the client id and secret on the Google API console

Configuring the project

Configure the Quick Start project to use your API client information:

  1. Enter your client ID and secret in client_secrets.json:
      "web": {
        "client_id": "",
        "client_secret": "ITS_A_SECRET_TO_EVERYBODY",
        "redirect_uris": [
        "auth_uri": "",
        "token_uri": ""
  2. Generate a session.secret file to store session cookies:
    $ python -c "import os; print os.urandom(64)" > session.secret
  3. Edit app.yaml to enter your App Engine application ID:
    application: your_app_engine_application_id
    version: 1
    runtime: python27
    api_version: 1
    threadsafe: true

Deploying the project

Press the blue Deploy button in the App Engine Launch GUI interface or run this shell command to deploy your code:

$ --oauth2 update .