Python script to upload files

I generated a script to be able to upload backup files from a database to my BOX account developed with python.

When I run the script it works correctly but when I go to the box I don’t see the uploaded files.

The script is configured to upload the files to folder id 0. Running the script returns it tells me that the files already exist.

Do you have any idea what could be happening?

Hi @user205 ,

Most likely you are using a JWT or CCG configured application for which the underlying security context is the service account of the application.

You have several options to go around this:

  • Use OAuth 2.0 and work with the user security context
  • Using the JWT or CCG, authenticate with your user, typically use box_subject_type = user and the box_subject_id = your_user_id, as opposed to subject type of enterprise and your enterprise id. Your application security configurations need to have the Generate user access token selected.
  • Share the content uploaded by the service account with your user.

Let us know if this helps

Best regards

I’m using JWT for the connections. I didn’t understand what I was supposed to do.

Here’s the code I’m using for the connection:
auth = JWTAuth.from_settings_file(‘C:/Users/077103869/Downloads/1153595375_rgd6y011_config.json’)

And this is the file :

“boxAppSettings”: {
“clientID”: “”,
“clientSecret”: “”,
“appAuth”: {
“publicKeyID”: “”,
“privateKey”: “”,
“passphrase”: “”
“enterpriseID”: “1153595375”


I’m not sure which SDK are you using, I’m assuming python, but which one, the classical or the generated?

Anyway for the generated SDK, consider this code:

def main():
    config = ConfigJWT()
    jwt = JWTConfig.from_config_file(
            ".ent" + config.cache_file

    auth = BoxJWTAuth(jwt)
    client = BoxClient(auth)
    me = client.users.get_user_me()
    print(f"\nHello, I'm {} ({me.login}) [{}]")

    auth = auth.as_user(config.jwt_user_id)
    client = BoxClient(auth)
    me = client.users.get_user_me()
    print(f"\nHello, I'm {} ({me.login}) [{}]")

    auth = auth.as_user("29598695136")
    client = BoxClient(auth)
    me = client.users.get_user_me()
    print(f"\nHello, I'm {} ({me.login}) [{}]")

    auth = auth.as_enterprise(config.enterprise_id)
    client = BoxClient(auth)
    me = client.users.get_user_me()
    print(f"\nHello, I'm back to {} ({me.login}) [{}]")

if __name__ == "__main__":

Executing it produces this:

Hello, I'm JWT ( [20130487697]

Hello, I'm Rui Barbosa ( [18622116055]

Hello, I'm Test APP User ( [29598695136]

Hello, I'm back to JWT ( [20130487697]

For the classic python SDK, it is very similar.

from boxsdk import JWTAuth, Client

auth = JWTAuth.from_settings_file('/path/to/settings.json')
client = Client(auth)
service_account = client.user().get()
print(f'Service Account user ID is {}')

user_to_impersonate = client.user(user_id='USER_ID_GOES_HERE')
user_client = client.as_user(user_to_impersonate)
current_user = user_client.user().get()
print(f'Current user ID is {}')

Let us know if this helps


When executing the code you passed me it gives me the following error:

Service Account user ID is 32503240531
“GET” 403 217
{‘Date’: ‘Wed, 13 Mar 2024 21:01:51 GMT’, ‘Content-Type’: ‘application/json’, ‘x-envoy-upstream-service-time’: ‘82’, ‘box-request-id’: ‘0173ee255635dd28190ed20304d27057d’, ‘cache-control’: ‘no-cache, no-store’, ‘strict-transport-security’: ‘max-age=31536000’, ‘Via’: ‘1.1 google’, ‘Alt-Svc’: ‘h3=“:443”; ma=2592000,h3-29=“:443”; ma=2592000’, ‘Transfer-Encoding’: ‘chunked’}
{‘code’: ‘—ions’,
‘help_url’: ‘’,
‘message’: ‘Access denied - insufficient permission’,
‘request_id’: ‘66lgfthnq1vgm8r5’,
‘status’: 403,
‘type’: ‘error’}

What permission would I need to enable?

Ah yes, forgot to mention that…

In the developer sonsole, in your app under the configurations tab, make sure:

The app access level is set to App+ Enterprise

And under the advanced features you have:

Since it is a JWT app remember to re-authorize after saving the changes:

Let us know if it worked


I’ve been able to fix it. Thank you