Authenticate with the Google Calendar API without Oauth Consent Screen (Python)

lost a couple hours on this one

15 Feb 2023

Working on my Calendar script in Pyton Calendee, I was faced with the token expiring every 3-4 hours, thus requiring a new manual authentication with consent screen to generate a new token.

It appears having an "always-on" token is not as simple as it should be.

Solution here was to:

  • create Service account & download Service key as '.json' file, as per:
  • apply Domain Wide Delegation to the Service account, as per:


  • use following code:
from google.oauth2 import service_account

SCOPES = ['']
credentials = service_account.Credentials.from_service_account_file(token, scopes=SCOPES)
creds = credentials.with_subject(calendar_id)
service = build('calendar', 'v3', credentials=creds)

where token is the path to the Service key file, and calendar_id is the email address of the Google Calendar.