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IMDbPY is a Python package for retrieving and managing the data of the IMDb_ movie database about movies, people and companies.

.. admonition:: Revamp notice :class: note

Starting on November 2017, many things were improved and simplified:

  • moved the package to Python 3 (compatible with Python 2.7)
  • removed dependencies: SQLObject, C compiler, BeautifulSoup
  • removed the "mobile" and "httpThin" parsers
  • introduced a test suite (please help with it!_)

Main features

  • written in Python 3 (compatible with Python 2.7)

  • platform-independent

  • can retrieve data from both the IMDb's web server, or a local copy of the database

  • simple and complete API

  • released under the terms of the GPL 2 license

IMDbPY powers many other software and has been used in various research papers. Curious about that_?


Whenever possible, please use the latest version from the repository::

pip install git+

But if you want, you can also install the latest release from PyPI::

pip install imdbpy


Here's an example that demonstrates how to use IMDbPY:

.. code-block:: python

from imdb import IMDb

create an instance of the IMDb class

ia = IMDb()

get a movie

movie = ia.get_movie('0133093')

print the names of the directors of the movie

print('Directors:') for director in movie['directors']: print(director['name'])

print the genres of the movie

print('Genres:') for genre in movie['genres']: print(genre)

# search for a person name people = ia.search_person('Mel Gibson') for person in people: print(person.personID, person['name'])

Getting help

Please refer to the support_ page on the project homepage_ and to the the online documentation on Read The Docs_.

The sources are available on GitHub_.


Copyright (C) 2004-2021 Davide Alberani <da -->> et al.

IMDbPY is released under the GPL license, version 2 or later. Read the included LICENSE.txt_ file for details.

NOTE: For a list of persons who share the copyright over specific portions of code, see the CONTRIBUTORS.txt_ file.

NOTE: See also the recommendations in the DISCLAIMER.txt_ file.

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