Generate modern Python clients from OpenAPI 3.x documents.

This generator does not support OpenAPI 2.x FKA Swagger. If you need to use an older document, try upgrading it to version 3 first with one of many available converters.

This project is still in development and does not support all OpenAPI features

Why This?

The Python clients generated by openapi-generator support Python 2 and therefore come with a lot of baggage. This tool aims to generate clients which:

  1. Use all the latest and greatest Python features like type annotations and dataclasses
  2. Don't carry around a bunch of compatibility code for older version of Python (e.g. the six package)
  3. Have better documentation and more obvious usage instructions

Additionally, because this generator is written in Python, it should be more accessible to contribution by the people using it (Python developers).


I recommend you install with pipx so you don't conflict with any other packages you might have: pipx install openapi-python-client.

Better yet, use pipx run openapi-python-client <normal params / options> to always use the latest version of the generator.

You can install with normal pip if you want to though: pip install openapi-python-client

Then, if you want tab completion: openapi-python-client --install-completion


Create a new client

openapi-python-client generate --url

This will generate a new client library named based on the title in your OpenAPI spec. For example, if the title of your API is "My API", the expected output will be "my-api-client". If a folder already exists by that name, you'll get an error.

If you have an openapi.json file available on disk, in any CLI invocation you can build off that instead by replacing --url with a --path:

openapi-python-client generate --path location/on/disk/openapi.json

Update an existing client

openapi-python-client update --url

For more usage details run openapi-python-client --help or read usage

Using custom templates

This feature leverages Jinja2's ChoiceLoader and FileSystemLoader. This means you do not need to customize every template. Simply copy the template(s) you want to customize from the default template directory to your own custom template directory (file names must match exactly) and pass the template directory through the custom-template-path flag to the generate and update commands. For instance,

openapi-python-client update \
  --url \

Be forewarned, this is a beta-level feature in the sense that the API exposed in the templates is undocumented and unstable.

What You Get

  1. A pyproject.toml file with some basic metadata intended to be used with Poetry.
  2. A you'll most definitely need to update with your project's details
  3. A Python module named just like the auto-generated project name (e.g. "my_api_client") which contains:
    1. A client module which will have both a Client class and an AuthenticatedClient class. You'll need these for calling the functions in the api module.
    2. An api module which will contain one module for each tag in your OpenAPI spec, as well as a default module for endpoints without a tag. Each of these modules in turn contains one function for calling each endpoint.
    3. A models module which has all the classes defined by the various schemas in your OpenAPI spec

For a full example you can look at the end_to_end_tests directory which has an openapi.json file. "golden-record" in that same directory is the generated client from that OpenAPI document.

OpenAPI features supported

  1. All HTTP Methods
  2. JSON and form bodies, path and query parameters
  3. File uploads with multipart/form-data bodies
  4. float, string, int, date, datetime, string enums, and custom schemas or lists containing any of those
  5. html/text or application/json responses containing any of the previous types
  6. Bearer token security


You can pass a YAML (or JSON) file to openapi-python-client with the --config option in order to change some behavior. The following parameters are supported:


Used to change the name of generated model classes. This param should be a mapping of existing class name (usually a key in the "schemas" section of your OpenAPI document) to class_name and module_name. As an example, if the name of the a model in OpenAPI (and therefore the generated class name) was something like "_PrivateInternalLongName" and you want the generated client's model to be called "ShortName" in a module called "short_name" you could do this:


    class_name: ShortName
    module_name: short_name

The easiest way to find what needs to be overridden is probably to generate your client and go look at everything in the models folder.

project_name_override and package_name_override

Used to change the name of generated client library project/package. If the project name is changed but an override for the package name isn't provided, the package name will be converted from the project name using the standard convention (replacing -'s with _'s).


project_name_override: my-special-project-name
package_name_override: my_extra_special_package_name


When generating properties, the name attribute of the OpenAPI schema will be used. When the name is not a valid Python identifier (e.g. begins with a number) this string will be prepended. Defaults to "field_".


field_prefix: attr_


Specify the package version of the generated client. If unset, the client will use the version of the OpenAPI spec.


package_version_override: 1.2.3