Python API client for DNSimple's Domain Management Automation
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Python DNSimple

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This is a client for the DNSimple REST API. It currently allows you to fetch existing domain info, as well as register new domains and manage domain records.

dnsimple-python works for both python 2 & 3.

Note: As of 1.0.0 this now uses DNSimple's APIv2. This is incompatible with older versions of the library because of authentication changes. Please review the docs and tests before deploying to production.

Getting started

You'll need the json module that is included with python version 2.6 and later, or the simplejson module if you are using an earlier version.

dnsimple-python also depends on the requests library.

Import the module:

from dnsimple import DNSimple

You can provide your DNSimple credentials in one of two ways:

Provide email/password or api_token credentials programmatically:

# Use email/password authentication: HTTP Basic
dns = DNSimple(email=YOUR_USERNAME, password=YOUR_PASSWORD)

# Use api_token credentials
dns = DNSimple(api_token=YOUR_API_TOKEN)

# If you have many accounts you can provide account_id (661 is an example)
# You can find your account id in url (
dns = DNSimple(email=YOUR_USERNAME, password=YOUR_PASSWORD, account_id=661)
Store you email/password or api_token credentials in a file called .dnsimple in the current directory with the following data:
password: yourpassword


api_token: yourapitoken

Or (assuming $DNSIMPLE_EMAIL and $DNSIMPLE_TOKEN are environment variables):

api_token: %(DNSIMPLE_TOKEN)s

You then need not provide any credentials when constructing DNSimple:

dns = DNSimple()

Domain Operations

Check out your existing domains:

Just run:

domains =

Results appear as a Python dict:

{'domain': {'created_at': '2010-10-14T09:45:32Z',
            'expires_at': '10/14/2011 5:45:00 AM',
            'id': 999,
            'last_enom_order_id': None,
            'name': '',
            'name_server_status': 'active',
            'registrant_id': 99,
            'registration_status': 'registered',
            'updated_at': '2010-10-14T10:00:14Z',
            'user_id': 99}},
{'domain': {'created_at': '2010-10-15T16:02:34Z',
            'expires_at': '10/15/2011 12:02:00 PM',
            'id': 999,
            'last_enom_order_id': None,
            'name': '',
            'name_server_status': 'active',
            'registrant_id': 99,
            'registration_status': 'registered',
            'updated_at': '2010-10-15T16:30:16Z',
            'user_id': 99}}]

Get details for a specific domain


Results are the same as domains() above, but only show the domain specified.

Check whether a domain is available


# Hmm, looks like I'm too late to get that one...
{u'currency': u'USD',
u'currency_symbol': u'$',
u'minimum_number_of_years': 1,
u'name': u'',
u'price': u'14.00',
u'status': u'unavailable'}

Register a new domain


This will register '', automatically picking the registrant_id from your first domain. To specify a particularly registrant_id, just run:

dns.register('', 99)

Responses will be in a dictionary describing the newly created domain, same as the domain() call above.

Delete a domain

Careful with this one!


Record operations

All operations on domain records are now supported:

  • List records: records(id_or_domainname)
  • Get record details: record(id_or_domainname, record_id)
  • Add record: add_record(id_or_domainname, data)
  • Update record: update_record(id_or_domainname, record_id, data)
  • Delete record: delete_record(id_or_domainname, record_id)

SSL Certificates

All read-only operations around ssl certificates are supported:

Running Tests

Before running tests, you'll need to ensure your environment is set up correctly. Currently we do live tests against DNSimple's sandbox so you will need to set that up. This also means that running tests concurrently will cause failures.

Set up DNSimple Sandbox account

  1. If you don't already have a DNSimple sandbox account, create one and make sure to have your email address, password, and API token handy.
  2. Copy the file tests/.env.example to tests/.env and supply your sandbox credentials

Setup Python

If you don't wish to use pyenv you will want to skip this and run tox manually after setting up your environment

  1. install pyenv using homebrew or git
  2. make test to run all tests


Licensed under the MIT license