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Synapse Python/Command Line Client Documentation

Supported Python Versions

Notice for the upcoming v5.0 release:

  • The upcoming v5.0 release will include a number of breaking changes. Take a look at this pubpub article detailing some of the changes.
  • A release date has not been set. A number of these changes will be available within the 4.x.x versions hidden behind optional feature flags or different import paths. Any breaking changes will not be included until v5.0.

The synapseclient package provides an interface to Synapse, a collaborative, open-source research platform that allows teams to share data, track analyses, and collaborate, providing support for:

  • integrated presentation of data, code and text
  • fine grained access control
  • provenance tracking

The synapseclient package lets you communicate with the cloud-hosted Synapse service to access data and create shared data analysis projects from within Python scripts or at the interactive Python console. Other Synapse clients exist for R, Java, and the web. The Python client can also be used from the command line.

Installing this package will install synapseclient, synapseutils and the command line client. synapseutils contains beta features and the behavior of these features are subject to change.

What’s on this docs site for you?

Additional Background

  • Read about Synapse—how it got started and how it fits into the bigger data-sharing picture
  • Gain a better understanding of Sage Bionetworks (that’s us—the nonprofit organization that created Synapse) and our other platforms that coincide with Synapse (such as portals)
  • Learn about Synapse governance and how it protects data privacy
  • Look up an unfamiliar term or acronym in our glossary
  • See our help section for further assistance via the FAQ page, discussion forum, or contact information to get in touch