Getting Started


This hstools package is currently only supported on MacOSX and Linux. It can be installed using the Python package installer (Pip) or directly from source.

Install using Pip

The hstools package can be found at and installed using the following command.

pip install hstools

Install from source

The source code for hstools can be found at Perform the following commands to install from source.

git clone 
cd hstools
python install


After the libary is installed, it can be executed using the following command: hs. There are currently 6 options for interacting with HydroShare: get, add, create, delete, ls, and init. For detailed information about any of these add the --help flag after the options, e.g. $hs get --help.

$ hs
usage: hs [-h] {get,add,create,delete,ls,init} ...

HSTools is a humble collection of tools for interacting with data in the
HydroShare repository. It wraps the HydroShare REST API to provide simple
commands for working with resources.

positional arguments:
    get                 Retrieve resource content from HydroShare
    add                 Add files to an existing HydroShare resource
    create              Create a new HydroShare resource
    delete              Delete a HydroShare resource
    list                List HydroShare resources that you own
    init                Initialize a connection with HydroShare

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit

Connect to HydroShare

Connect to HydroShare using the init option. This will create an authentication file for accessing HydroShare that is cached in your $HOME directory by default. This path can be changed using the -d flag. Note, this command only needs to be executed once.

$ hs init
Enter HydroShare Username: <username>
Enter HydroShare Password: <password>
Auth saved to: ~/.hs_auth

Create Resource

Create a new HydroShare resource using the create options.

$ hs create \
-a This is the abstract of my resource \
-t My resource Title \
-k keyword1 keyword2 keyword3 \
-f myfile.txt ./another/file.txt 

List Resources

Listing HydroShare resources using the ls options.

$ hs list

List files in long format

$ hs list -l

List the first 17 resources in long format

$ hs list -l -n 17

Filter resources by published

$ hs list -filter published=true

Download Resource

Downloading data from the HydroShare platform is done using globally unique identfiers (GUID). This GUIDs are defined for every HydroShare resource and can be aquired from a resources URL. The get option downloads the resource bagit archive and unzips it into a directory of your choosing.

$ hs get <hydroshare resource id>

Add Files

Add files to an existing HydroShare resource using the add option. This command allows you to optionally overwrite (--overwrite) files thatalready exist in a resource, which is helpful when updating content.

$ hs add <hydroshare resource id> -f my-file.txt my-other-file.txt

Deleting Resource

Delete an entire HydroShare resource using the delete option. This is useful for cleaning up your HydroShare workspace. BEWARE: THIS WILL PERMANENTLY DELETE YOUR HYDROSHARE RESOURCE DATA.

$ hs delete <hydroshare resource id>