Source code for bag.email_validator

"""The ultimate functions for domain validation and e-mail address validation.

Why not just use a regular expression?

There are many regular expressions out there for this. The "perfect one" is
several KB long and therefore unmaintainable (Perl people wrote it...).

This is 2009 and domain rules are changing too. Impossible domain names have
become possible, international domain names are real...

So validating an e-mail address is more complex than you might think. Take a
look at some of the rules:

How to do it then?

I believe the solution should combine simple regular expressions with
imperative programming.

E-mail validation is also dependent on the robustness principle:
"Be conservative in what you do, be liberal in what you accept from others."

This module recognizes that e-mail validation can be done in several different
ways, according to purpose:

1) Most of the time you just want validation according to the standard rules.
So just say:  ``v = EmailValidator()``

2) If you are creating e-mail addresses for your server or your organization,
you might need to satisfy a stricter policy such as "dash is not allowed in
email addresses". The EmailValidator constructor accepts a *local_part_chars*
argument to help build the right regular expression for you.
Example:  ``v = EmailValidator(local_part_chars='.-+_')``

3) What about typos? An erroneous dot at the end of a typed email is typical.
Other common errors with the dots revolve around the @:
These typing mistakes can be automatically corrected, saving you from doing
it manually. For this you use the *fix* flag when instantiating a validator::

    d = DomainValidator(fix=True)
    domain, error_message = d.validate('')
    if error_message:
        print('Invalid domain:', domain)
        print('Valid domain:', domain)

4) TODO: Squash the bugs in this feature!
Paranoid people may wish to verify that the informed domain actually exists.
For that you can pass a ``lookup_dns='a'`` argument to the constructor, or even
*lookup_dns='mx'* to verify that the domain actually has e-mail servers.
To use this feature, you need to install the *pydns* library::

     easy_install -UZ pydns

How to use

The validating methods return a tuple (email, error_msg).
*email* is the trimmed and perhaps fixed email.
*error_msg* is an empty string when the e-mail is valid.

Typical usage is::

    v = EmailValidator()  # or EmailValidator(fix=True)
    email = raw_input('Type an email: ')
    email, err = v.validate(email)
    if err:
        print('Error:', err)
        print('E-mail is valid:', email)  # the email, corrected

There is also an EmailHarvester class to
collect e-mail addresses from any text.

See also tests/

import re

    import DNS
except ImportError:
    # If pydns is not available, the domain cannot be verified for existence.

# TODO: i18n

[docs]class ValidationException(ValueError): """Raised when a domain or email is invalid."""
[docs]class BaseValidator: # noqa
[docs] def validate_or_raise(self, *a, **k): """Raise ValidationException if validation fails. Some people would condemn this whole module screaming: "Don't return success codes, use exceptions!" This method allows them to be happy, too. """ validatee, err = self.validate(*a, **k) if err: raise ValidationException(err) else: return validatee
[docs]class DomainValidator(BaseValidator): """A domain name validator that is ready for internationalized domains. """ # non_international_regex = re.compile(r"^[a-z0-9][a-z0-9\.\-]*\.[a-z]+$", domain_pattern = r"[\w]+[\w\.\-]*\.[\w]+" domain_regex = re.compile( "^" + domain_pattern + "$", re.IGNORECASE | re.UNICODE ) def __init__(self, fix=False, lookup_dns=None): self.fix = fix if lookup_dns: lookup_dns = lookup_dns.lower() if lookup_dns not in ("a", "mx"): raise RuntimeError( "Not a valid *lookup_dns* value: " + lookup_dns ) self._lookup_dns = lookup_dns def _apply_common_rules(self, part, maxlength): """This method contains the rules that must be applied to both the domain and the local part of the e-mail address. """ part = part.strip() if self.fix: part = part.strip(".") if not part: return part, "It cannot be empty." if len(part) > maxlength: return part, "It cannot be longer than %i chars." % maxlength if part[0] == ".": return part, "It cannot start with a dot." if part[-1] == ".": return part, "It cannot end with a dot." if ".." in part: return part, "It cannot contain consecutive dots." return part, ""
[docs] def validate_domain(self, part): if self.fix: part = part.strip(" ;,=") part, err = self._apply_common_rules(part, maxlength=255) if err: return part, "Invalid domain: %s" % err if not return part, "Invalid domain." if self._lookup_dns and not self.lookup_domain(part): return part, "Domain does not seem to exist." else: return part.lower(), ""
validate = validate_domain # TODO: As an option, DNS lookup on the domain: # """OpenDNS has a feature that bites us. If you are using OpenDNS, and you type in your browser a domain that does not exist, OpenDNS catches that and presents a page. "Did you mean www.hovercraft.eels?" For us, this feature appears as a false positive when looking up the DNS server. So we try to work around it: """ false_positive_ips = [""]
[docs] def lookup_domain(self, domain, lookup_record=None): """Looks up the DNS record for *domain* and returns: * None if it does not exist, * The IP address if looking up the "A" record, or * The list of hosts in the "MX" record. The return value, when treated as a boolean, says whether a domain exists. You can pass "a" or "mx" as the *lookup_record* parameter. Otherwise, the *lookup_dns* parameter from the constructor is used. "a" means verify that the domain exists. "mx" means verify that the domain exists and specifies mail servers. """ if lookup_record: lookup_record = lookup_record.lower() else: lookup_record = self._lookup_dns result = None if lookup_record == "a": try: answers = DNS.Request(domain).req().answers except NameError: print("To look up DNS records you must install pydns. Try:") print(" easy_install -UZ pydns") import sys sys.exit(1) except DNS.Lib.PackError: # A part of the domain name is longer than 63. return False # print(repr(answers)) if answers: result = answers[0]["data"] # This is an IP address if result in self.false_positive_ips: result = None # print("Domain '%s' not found" % domain) else: # print("Domain '%s' found with address: %s" \ # % (domain, result)) pass else: # print("Domain '%s' not found" % domain) pass elif lookup_record == "mx": result = DNS.mxlookup(domain) # this is a list of mx records # if result: # print("Domain '%s' has MX records: %s" % (domain, result)) # else: # print("Domain '%s' has no MX records." % domain) else: raise RuntimeError( "Not a valid lookup_record value: " + lookup_record ) return result
[docs]class EmailValidator(DomainValidator): # TODO: Implement all rules! # # # TODO: Local part in quotes? # TODO: Quoted-printable local part? def __init__(self, local_part_chars=".-+_!#$%&'/=`|~?^{}*", **k): super(EmailValidator, self).__init__(**k) # Add a backslash before the dash so it can go into the regex: self.local_part_pattern = ( "[a-z0-9" + local_part_chars.replace("-", r"\-") + "]+" ) # Regular expression for validation: self.local_part_regex = re.compile( "^" + self.local_part_pattern + "$", re.IGNORECASE )
[docs] def validate_local_part(self, part): part, err = self._apply_common_rules(part, maxlength=64) if err: return part, "Invalid local part: %s" % err if not return part, "Invalid local part." return part, ""
# We don't go lowercase because the local part is case-sensitive.
[docs] def validate_email(self, email): if not email: return email, "The e-mail is empty." parts = email.split("@") if len(parts) != 2: return email, "An email address must contain a single @" local, domain = parts # Validate the domain domain, err = self.validate_domain(domain) if err: return ( email, "The e-mail has a problem to the right of the @: %s" % err, ) # Validate the local part local, err = self.validate_local_part(local) if err: return ( email, "The email has a problem to the left of the @: %s" % err, ) # It is valid return local + "@" + domain, ""
validate = validate_email
[docs]class EmailHarvester(EmailValidator): # noqa def __init__(self, *a, **k): # noqa super(EmailHarvester, self).__init__(*a, **k) # Regular expression for harvesting: self.harvest_regex = re.compile( self.local_part_pattern + "@" + self.domain_pattern, re.IGNORECASE | re.UNICODE, )
[docs] def harvest(self, text): """Yield the e-mail addresses contained in *text*.""" for match in self.harvest_regex.finditer(text): # TODO: optionally validate before yielding? # TODO: keep a list of harvested but not validated? yield"..", ".")