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#!/usr/bin/env python
# Copyright 2014 Marta Rodriguez.
# Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the 'License");
# you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
# You may obtain a copy of the License at
# Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
# distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
# See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
# limitations under the License.
"""Uploads an apk to the alpha track."""
import sys
#required on OSX to prevent the default 'six' library from interfering with the needed newer package,
#as of the 1.4.1 google-api library
sys.path.insert(1, '/Library/Python/2.7/site-packages')
import argparse
import httplib2
import json
from oauth2client.service_account import ServiceAccountCredentials
from oauth2client.client import AccessTokenRefreshError
from apiclient.discovery import build
def upload(package, service, apk, track):
# Create an httplib2.Http object to handle our HTTP requests and authorize it
# with the Credentials. Note that the first parameter, service_account_name,
# is the Email address created for the Service account. It must be the email
# address associated with the key that was created.
credentials = ServiceAccountCredentials.from_json_keyfile_name(
service, [''])
http_auth = credentials.authorize(http=httplib2.Http())
service = build('androidpublisher', 'v2', http=http_auth)
edit_request = service.edits().insert(body={}, packageName=package)
result = edit_request.execute()
edit_id = result['id']
apk_response = service.edits().apks().upload(
print 'Version code %d has been uploaded' % apk_response['versionCode']
track_response = service.edits().tracks().update(
body={u'versionCodes': [apk_response['versionCode']]}).execute()
print 'Track %s is set for version code(s) %s' % (
track_response['track'], str(track_response['versionCodes']))
commit_request = service.edits().commit(
editId=edit_id, packageName=package).execute()
print 'Edit "%s" has been committed' % (commit_request['id'])
except AccessTokenRefreshError, e:
print ('The credentials have been revoked or expired, please re-run the '
'application to re-authorize')
raise e
def main():
parser = argparse.ArgumentParser()
parser.add_argument('-p', '--package', required=True, help='The package name. Example:')
parser.add_argument('-s', '--service', required=True, help='The service account json file.')
parser.add_argument('-a', '--apk', required=True, help='The path to the APK file to upload.')
parser.add_argument('-t', '--track', choices=['alpha', 'beta', 'production','rollout'], default='alpha')
args = parser.parse_args()
upload(args.package, args.service, args.apk, args.track)
if __name__ == "__main__":

Updated to match latest changes to API

In Google Developer Console inside your app project, on the Credentials section, you must create a new "Service Account" "Client ID", if you have not already. And download the JSON file.

On Google Play Developer Console you have to give permissions to "" for uploading apks.


Download Google APIs Client Library for Python (google-api-python-client): or use pip:

$ pip install google-api-python-client


python -p -a apk-file.apk -s service_account.json

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I always get the error message when trying to access Google play store resources using service account:

googleapiclient.errors.HttpError: <HttpError 401 when requesting<my_package_name>/edits?alt=json returned "The current user has insufficient permissions to perform the requested operation.">

The fact is that the service account email automatically generated should be given appropriate permissions for accessing but the user needs to accept the invitation from Google Play, how should we do that?

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