Provides programmatic access to MyAnimeList resources.

pip install python-mal==0.1.7


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Provides programmatic access to MyAnimeList data.


  • python 2.7.*
  • BeautifulSoup 4
  • pytz
  • requests
  • lxml
  • nose (only if you want to run tests, though!)


After cloning the repository, navigate to the directory and run python install.

Getting Started

The myanimelist.session.Session class handles requests to MAL, so you'll want to create one first:

from myanimelist.session import Session
s = Session()

Then if you want to fetch an anime, say, Cowboy Bebop:

bebop = s.anime(1)
print bebop

Objects in python-mal are lazy-loading: they won't go out and fetch MAL info until you first-request it. So here, if you want to retrieve, say, the things related to Cowboy Bebop:

for how_related,items in bebop.related.iteritems():
  print how_related
  print "============="
  for item in items:
    print item
  print ""

You'll note that there's a pause while Cowboy Bebop's information is fetched from MAL.


To find out more about what python-mal is capable of, visit the docs here.


Testing requires nose. To run the tests that come with python-mal:

  1. Navigate to the python-mal directory
  2. Create a textfile named credentials.txt and put your MAL username and password in it, separated by a comma, or set environment variables named MAL_USERNAME and MAL_PASSWORD with the appropriate values.
  3. Run nosetests.

Make sure you don't spam the tests too quickly! One of the tests involves POSTing invalid credentials to MAL, so you're likely to be IP-banned if you do this too much in too short a span of time.