Privacy in Python

How to set the privacy settings of plotly graphs in python. Three examples of different privacy options: public, private and secret.

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Default Privacy

By default, plotly.iplot() and plotly.plot() create public graphs (which are free to create). With a plotly subscription you can easily make charts private or secret via the sharing argument.

Public Graphs

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import chart_studio.plotly as py
import plotly.graph_objects as go

data = [
        x=[1, 2, 3],
        y=[1, 3, 1]

py.iplot(data, filename='privacy-public', sharing='public')

Below is the URL of this public plot. Anyone can view public plots even if they are not logged into Plotly. Go ahead and try it out:

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py.plot(data, filename='privacy-public', sharing='public')

Private Graphs

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py.iplot(data, filename='privacy-private', sharing='private')

Below is the URL of the private plot above. Only the owner can view the private plot. You won't be able to view this plot, try it out:

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py.plot(data, filename='privacy-private', sharing='private')

Secret Graphs

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py.iplot(data, filename='privacy-secret', sharing='secret')

Below is the URL of this secret plot. Anyone with the secret link can view this chart. However, it will not appear in the Plotly feed, your profile, or search engines. Go ahead and try it out:

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py.plot(data, filename='privacy-secret', sharing='secret')

Make All Future Plots Private

To make all future plots private, you can update your configuration file to create private plots by default:

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import chart_studio, sharing='private')

Make All Existing Plots Private

This example uses Plotly's REST API

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import json
import requests
from requests.auth import HTTPBasicAuth

Define variables, including YOUR USERNAME and API KEY

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username = 'private_plotly' # Replace with YOUR USERNAME
api_key = 'k0yy0ztssk' # Replace with YOUR API KEY

auth = HTTPBasicAuth(username, api_key)
headers = {'Plotly-Client-Platform': 'python'}

page_size = 500

Collect filenames of ALL of your plots and
update world_readable of each plot with a PATCH request

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def get_pages(username, page_size):
    url = ''+username+'&filetype=plot&page_size='+str(page_size)
    response = requests.get(url, auth=auth, headers=headers)
    if response.status_code != 200:
    page = json.loads(response.content.decode('utf-8'))
    yield page
    while True:
        resource = page['children']['next']
        if not resource:
        response = requests.get(resource, auth=auth, headers=headers)
        if response.status_code != 200:
        page = json.loads(response.content.decode('utf-8'))
        yield page

def make_all_plots_private(username, page_size=500):
    for page in get_pages(username, page_size):
        for x in range(0, len(page['children']['results'])):
            fid = page['children']['results'][x]['fid']
            requests.patch(''+fid, {"world_readable": False}, auth=auth, headers=headers)
    print('ALL of your plots are now private - visit: to view your private plots!')



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Help on function plot in module chart_studio.plotly.plotly:

plot(figure_or_data, validate=True, **plot_options)
    Create a unique url for this plot in Plotly and optionally open url.
    plot_options keyword arguments:
    filename (string) -- the name that will be associated with this figure
    auto_open (default=True) -- Toggle browser options
        True: open this plot in a new browser tab
        False: do not open plot in the browser, but do return the unique url
    sharing ('public' | 'private' | 'secret') -- Toggle who can view this
        - 'public': Anyone can view this graph. It will appear in your profile
                    and can appear in search engines. You do not need to be
                    logged in to Plotly to view this chart.
        - 'private': Only you can view this plot. It will not appear in the
                     Plotly feed, your profile, or search engines. You must be
                     logged in to Plotly to view this graph. You can privately
                     share this graph with other Plotly users in your online
                     Plotly account and they will need to be logged in to
                     view this plot.
        - 'secret': Anyone with this secret link can view this chart. It will
                    not appear in the Plotly feed, your profile, or search
                    engines. If it is embedded inside a webpage or an IPython
                    notebook, anybody who is viewing that page will be able to
                    view the graph. You do not need to be logged in to view
                    this plot.
    world_readable (default=True) -- Deprecated: use "sharing".
                                     Make this figure private/public