Zeep: Python SOAP client

A fast and modern Python SOAP client

  • Modern codebase compatible with Python 2.7, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5 and PyPy
  • Build on top of lxml and requests
  • Supports recursive WSDL and XSD documents.
  • Supports the xsd:choice and xsd:any elements.
  • Uses the defusedxml module for handling potential XML security issues
  • Support for WSSE (UsernameToken only for now)
  • Experimental support for HTTP bindings
Features still in development include:
  • WSSE x.509 support (BinarySecurityToken)
  • XML validation using lxml XMLSchema’s
  • WS-Addressing and WS Policy support

Simple example:

>>> from zeep import Client
>>> client = Client(
...     'http://www.webservicex.net/ConvertSpeed.asmx?WSDL')
>>> print(client.service.ConvertSpeed(
...     100, 'kilometersPerhour', 'milesPerhour'))

Quick Introduction

Zeep inspects the wsdl document and generates the corresponding bindings. This provides an easy to use programmatic interface to a soap server.

The emphasis is on Soap 1.1 and Soap 1.2, however Zeep also offers experimental support for HTTP Get and Post bindings.

Parsing the XML documents is done by using the lxml library. This is the most performant and compliant Python XML library currently available. This results in major speed benefits when retrieving large soap responses.

Getting started

You can install the latest version of zeep using pip:

pip install zeep

The first thing you generally want to do is inspect the wsdl file you need to implement. This can be done with:

python -mzeep <wsdl>

See python -mzeep --help for more information about this command.

A simple use-case

To give you an idea how zeep works a basic example.

import zeep

wsdl = 'http://www.soapclient.com/xml/soapresponder.wsdl'
client = zeep.Client(wsdl=wsdl)
print(client.service.Method1('Zeep', 'is cool'))

The WSDL used above only defines one simple function (Method1) which is made available by zeep via client.service.Method1. It takes two arguments and returns a string. To get an overview of the services available on the endpoint you can run the following command in your terminal.

python -mzeep http://www.soapclient.com/xml/soapresponder.wsdl

Nested objects

Most of the times you need to pass nested data to the soap client. These Complex types can be created using the client.get_type() method.

from zeep import Client

client = Client('http://my-enterprise-endpoint.com')
order_type = client.get_type('ns0:Order')
order = order_type(number='1234', price=99)
client.service.submit_order(user_id=1, order=order)

However instead of creating an object from a type defined in the XSD you can also pass in a dictionary. Zeep will automatically convert this dict to the required object during the call.

from zeep import Client

client = Client('http://my-enterprise-endpoint.com')
client.service.submit_order(user_id=1, order={
    'number': '1234',
    'price': 99,


If you encounter bugs then please let me know . A copy of the WSDL file if possible would be most helpful.

I’m also able to offer commercial support. Please contact me at info@mvantellingen.nl for more information.