Running Tests

Thanks for your interest in contributing to aiobotocore, there are multiple ways and places you can contribute.

First of all, clone the repository:

$ git clone

Create virtualenv with at least python3.8 (older versions are not supported). For example, using virtualenvwrapper commands could look like:

$ cd aiobotocore
$ mkvirtualenv --python=`which python3.8` aiobotocore

After that, please install libraries required for development:

$ pip install pip-tools
$ pip-compile
$ pip-sync requirements-dev.txt

Congratulations, you are ready to run the test suite:

$ make cov

To run individual use following command:

$ pytest -sv tests/ -k test_name

Reporting an Issue

If you have found issue with aiobotocore please do not hesitate to file an issue on the GitHub project. When filing your issue please make sure you can express the issue with a reproducible test case.

When reporting an issue we also need as much information about your environment that you can include. We never know what information will be pertinent when trying narrow down the issue. Please include at least the following information:

  • Version of aiobotocore and python.

  • Version fo botocore.

  • Platform you’re running on (OS X, Linux).

Background and Implementation

aiobotocore adds async functionality to botocore by replacing certain critical methods in botocore classes with async versions. The best way to see how this works is by working backwards from AioEndpoint._request. Because of this tight integration aiobotocore is typically version locked to a particular release of botocore.

How to Upgrade Botocore

aiobotocore’s file names, and ordering of functions in files try to match the botocore files they override. For the most part botocore classes are sub-classed with the majority of the botocore calls eventually called.

The best way I’ve seen to upgrade botocore support is by performing the following:

  1. Download sources of the release of botocore you’re trying to upgrade to, and the version of botocore that aiobotocore is currently locked to (see and do a folder based file comparison of the botocore folders (tools like DiffMerge are nice).

  2. Manually apply the relevant changes to their aiobotocore equivalent(s). Note that sometimes new functions are added which will need to be overridden (like __enter__ -> __aenter__)

  3. Update the “extras” in to the versions which match the botocore version you are targeting.

  4. Now do a directory diff between aiobotocore and your target version botocore directory to ensure the changes were propagated.

See next section describing types of changes we must validate and support.

Hashes of Botocore Code (important)

Because of the way aiobotocore is implemented (see Background section), it is very tightly coupled with botocore. The validity of these couplings are enforced in We also depend on some private properties in aiohttp, and because of this have entries in for this too.

These patches are important to catch cases where botocore functionality was added/removed and needs to be reflected in our overridden methods. Changes include:

  • parameters to methods added/removed

  • classes/methods being moved to new files

  • bodies of overridden methods updated

To ensure we catch and reflect this changes in aiobotocore, the file has the hashes of the parts of botocore we need to manually validate changes in. file needs to be updated in two scenarios:

  1. You’re bumping the supported botocore/aiohttp version. In this case a failure in means you need to validate the section of code in aiohttp/botocore that no longer matches the hash in to see if any changes need to be reflected in aiobotocore which overloads, on depends on the code which triggered the hash mismatch. This could there are new parameters we weren’t expecting, parameters that are no longer passed to said overriden function(s), or an overridden function which calls a modified botocore method. If this is a whole class collision the checks will be more extensive.

  2. You’re implementing missing aiobotocore functionality, in which case you need to add entries for all the methods in botocore/aiohttp which you are overriding or depending on private functionality. For special cases, like when private attributes are used, you may have to hash the whole class so you can catch any case where the private property is used/updated to ensure it matches our expectations.

After you’ve validated the changes, you can update the hash in

One would think we could just write enough unittests to catch all cases, however, this is impossible for two reasons:

  1. We do not support all botocore unittests, for future work see discussion:

  2. Even if we did all the unittests from 1, we would not support NEW functionality added, unless we automatically pulled all new unittests as well from botocore.

Until we can perform ALL unittests from new releases of botocore, we are stuck with the patches.

The Future

The long term goal is that botocore will implement async functionality directly. See botocore issue: for details, tracked in aiobotocore here: