Event processing#

In order to react to incoming messages and event, an event loop is needed.

Implementing an event loop#

The SkypeEventLoop class (a subclass of Skype) provides a base to write event processing programs. You should implement SkypeEventLoop.onEvent() to add your own event handling code, and call SkypeEventLoop.loop() from the top level to execute your loop forever.

A complete script may look like the following:

from getpass import getpass
from skpy import SkypeEventLoop

class MySkype(SkypeEventLoop):

    def onEvent(self, event):

if __name__ == "__main__":
    sk = MySkype("fred.2", getpass(), autoAck=True)
    sk.subscribePresence() # Only if you need contact presence events.

Note that contact presence events are not sent by default, and you must opt into them by calling Skype.subscribePresence() before SkypeEventLoop.loop().

When ran, this will print each event as it’s received:

>>> sk = MySkype(tokenFile=".tokens-fred.2", autoAck=True)
>>> sk.loop()
SkypePresenceEvent(id=1000, ..., userId='joe.4', online=True)
SkypeEndpointEvent(id=1001, ..., userId='joe.4')
SkypePresenceEvent(id=1002, ..., userId='anna.7', online=True)
SkypeEndpointEvent(id=1003, ..., userId='anna.7')
SkypeEndpointEvent(id=1004, ..., userId='anna.7')


Each event can be acknowledged, to tell Skype it has been processed and avoid it being resent. If you don’t want or need to think about this, just set autoAck=True when creating your class instance. To handle acknowledgements manually, you need to call SkypeEvent.ack() on each event.