Basic Usage

Authenticate

The first step is to initialize the SDK client with the credentials that have been provided to you:

Note: If you are both a Search: Pex Registry and Search: Custom Database customer, each product will require a separate set of credentials.

# AUTHENTICATE CLIENT
client = pex.PexSearchClient("CLIENT_ID", "CLIENT_SECRET")

Note: There might be a slight delay the first time you authenticate as the SDK downloads and installs necessary updates

Generate Fingerprint

Before performing any searches you need to generate a fingerprint from a media file:

# CREATE AUDIO FINGERPRINT FROM MEDIA FILE
ft = client.fingerprint_file("/path/to/file.mp3", pex.FingerprintType.AUDIO)

# CREATE MELODY FINGERPRINT FROM MEDIA FILE
ft = client.fingerprint_file("/path/to/file.mp3", pex.FingerprintType.MELODY)

# CREATE AUDIO FINGERPRINT FROM BYTE BUFFER HOLDING A MEDIA FILE
ft = client.fingerprint_buffer([]byte, pex.FingerprintType.AUDIO)

# CREATE MELODY FINGERPRINT FROM BYTE BUFFER HOLDING A MEDIA FILE
ft = client.fingerprint_buffer([]byte, pex.FingerprintType.MELODY)

Note: Our SDK's computations are single-threaded. If you need to process larger volumes of files, running computations in parallel is recommended. This can significantly improve processing capacity.

For information on the difference between audio and melody fingerprints and the use cases they address, please see our FAQ page

Once the fingerprint has been generated, you are ready to initiate a search:

# BUILD REQUEST FOR "IDENTIFY MUSIC" SEARCH TYPE
req = pex.PexSearchRequest(fingerprint=ft, type=pex.PexSearchType.IDENTIFY_MUSIC)

# BUILD REQUEST FOR "FIND MATCHES" SEARCH TYPE
req = pex.PexSearchRequest(fingerprint=ft, type=pex.PexSearchType.FIND_MATCHES)

# START SEARCH
future = client.start_search(req)

Note: For an explanation of what each "search type" does, please see this page: Search Types.

If no search type is designated when building the request, the request will default to the "identify music" search type

Retrieve Search Results

Once a search is complete, you can retrieve the results of the search:

# RETRIEVE SEARCH RESULTS
result = future.get()

Interpret Search Results

To view details on what's contained in a search response, please see the following section: Search Response

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