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python-pip-requirements.txt is an initiative of the Dutch Internet Standards Platform that helps you to check whether your website, email and internet connection use modern and reliable Internet Standards. And if they don’t, what can you do about it?


With the test tool users can easily check whether their internet is 'up to date' i.e. if their website, email and internet connection use modern internet standards. The tool provides detailed background information on the test results with (pointers to) how-to's and manuals.

The test tool is an initiative of the Dutch Internet Standards Platform which is a collaboration of partners from the internet community and the Dutch government. The platform's mission is to jointly promote the use of modern internet standards keeping the internet reliable and accessible for everybody. ECP provides for the administrative home of the platform. NLnet Labs is responsible for the technical realisation and implementation of the test tool.


Currently the following modern internet standards are considered within scope:

  • IPv6 (modern address),
  • DNSSEC (signed domain),
  • HTTPS (secure website connection),
  • website security options (such as security headers),
  • STARTTLS and DANE (secure mail server connection),
  • DMARC+DKIM+SPF (anti-spoofing), and
  • RPKI (secure routing).

Web standards (such as HTML) or identity standards (like SAML or OpenID Connect) are out of scope.

Although many of the tested internet standards contribute to a higher security level of your website, mail service or internet connection, a 100% score does not mean that an online service is fully secure. There are more aspects which are important for the security of your online services. But these are out of scope for Please keep in mind that is foremost intended as an internet standards compliance test and not as a security test.

Getting started is a Django based application.

Current install base is Django 1.11 with Python 3.5+ (Python 3.7+ is not currently supported).

Quick start

Although the first open source release of the project is aimed to provide transparency on the tool and the way the tests are run, there is (currently) no trivial way to install the software. Nonetheless, you could easily spin up a ready to use local dockerized environment for local development and testing purposes by following the docker instructions.

Slow start

If you feel brave enough for a system install you can follow the installation instructions.

The customize instructions describe how you could customize your installation.

The deployment instructions provide information relevant to the deployment of your installation and steps you need to run before starting/updating your installation.

Example configuration files for the ecosystem can be found here.

Building blocks was made possible by using and combining other open source software. The main open source building blocks of are:


We are happy to receive pull requests but keep in mind the scope of the project. Before starting work on something that you are not sure if it falls under the scope it is advised to first file an issue and start a discussion on the matter.


This project is licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 - see the LICENSE-Apache-2.0.txt file for details.

The files under the /translations folder are licensed under Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) - see the LICENSE-CC-BY-4.0.txt file for details.

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Both the name and the logo are explicitly excluded from the above licensing. Thus we do not grant permission to use these when our content or software code is reused.

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