Etsy automation

Automating the process of adding Etsy listings can be streamlined using various tools and APIs. Here’s a guide on how you can achieve this using Python and Etsy’s API.

Step-by-Step Guide to Automate Adding Etsy Listings

1. Set Up an Etsy Developer Account and Obtain API Keys

  1. Register as a Developer:
  1. Create an App:
  • Create a new app to obtain your API key.
  • You will need the API Key, API Secret, and OAuth Tokens to authenticate requests.

2. Install Required Python Packages

You will need the requests package to interact with Etsy’s API.

pip install requests

3. Authenticate with Etsy’s API

Use OAuth to authenticate your application with Etsy’s API. You may need to use a library like requests-oauthlib to simplify this process.

pip install requests requests-oauthlib

4. Create a Script to Add Listings

Here is a basic script to add a listing on Etsy:

import requests
from requests_oauthlib import OAuth1

# Replace these with your Etsy API credentials
API_KEY = 'your_api_key'
API_SECRET = 'your_api_secret'
OAUTH_TOKEN = 'your_oauth_token'
OAUTH_TOKEN_SECRET = 'your_oauth_token_secret'

# Set up OAuth1 for authentication

# Etsy API URL for creating a new listing
url = ''

# Data for the new listing
data = {
    'quantity': 10,
    'title': 'Your Product Title',
    'description': 'Your Product Description',
    'price': 19.99,
    'who_made': 'i_did',
    'is_supply': 'false',
    'when_made': '2020_2022',
    'taxonomy_id': 1,  # Update this with the appropriate taxonomy ID
    'shipping_template_id': 123456789,  # Your shipping template ID
    'shop_section_id': 123456789,  # Your shop section ID
    'state': 'draft',  # Use 'active' to publish immediately
    'tags': ['tag1', 'tag2'],
    'materials': ['material1', 'material2'],

# Make the request to create the listing
response =, data=data, auth=auth)

# Check the response
if response.status_code == 201:
    print('Listing created successfully!')
    print('Failed to create listing:', response.json())

Important Points to Consider

  • Permissions: Ensure that your OAuth tokens have the necessary permissions to create listings.
  • Taxonomy and Shipping Template IDs: You will need to fetch or know these IDs. Use Etsy’s API to list available taxonomies and shipping templates.
  • Error Handling: The script includes basic error handling. For production use, you should include more robust error handling and logging.
  • Rate Limits: Etsy’s API has rate limits. Ensure your automation respects these limits to avoid getting blocked.

Fetching Taxonomy and Shipping Template IDs

You might need to fetch taxonomy IDs and shipping template IDs to use in your listings. Here’s how you can do it:

Fetch Taxonomy IDs

taxonomy_url = ''
response = requests.get(taxonomy_url, auth=auth)
taxonomies = response.json()

for taxonomy in taxonomies['results']:
    print(taxonomy['id'], taxonomy['name'])

Fetch Shipping Template IDs

shipping_url = ''
response = requests.get(shipping_url, auth=auth)
shipping_templates = response.json()

for template in shipping_templates['results']:
    print(template['shipping_template_id'], template['title'])

Automate the Script

To automate this script, you can run it on a schedule using a task scheduler like cron on Unix-based systems or Task Scheduler on Windows.

Example: Using cron on Linux

  1. Open your crontab:
crontab -e
  1. Add a cron job to run your script at a desired interval. For example, to run it every day at midnight:
0 0 * * * /usr/bin/python3 /path/to/your/

By following these steps, you can automate the process of adding listings to Etsy, making your workflow more efficient and saving time. If you need further customization or assistance, feel free to ask!


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