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Manage your domains and associated DNS records using the DNSimple API.


The simplest way to install is via pip:

$ pip install dnsimple

To install a bleeding-edge version you can install from the repository:

$ pip install


The dnsimple.Client class is the entry point for managing your domains.


You can authenticate with your login and password:

import dnsimple
client = dnsimple.Client(email = '', password = 'password')

Or with a user token:

import dnsimple
client = dnsimple.Client(email = '', user_token = 'toke')

These authentication methods grant access to manage all resources associated with your account, but you can also lock down management to a single domain using domain tokens. Simply pass the domain token to the API client (which you can retrieve via the "Settings" page for your domain, or by calling domain.token for the domain you're interested in managing):

client = dnsimple.Client(domain_token = 'toke')

Keep in mind that calls to will raise an exception, but client.domain('') will retrieve the desired domain to manage.

The client can also pull your credentials from a .dnsimple configuration file located either in the current working directory or your home directory, though this is configurable via the credentials_search_paths option -- see help(dnsimple.Client) for details. The format of the file is:

user_token: token

This example shows token-based authentication, but any of the credentials options supported by dnsimple.Client are valid. You can then create a client instance and the credentials will be fetched from the first credentials file found:

client = dnsimple.Client()

If you're just testing functionality, you can register a sandbox account and connect to that instead of the production API endpoint:

import dnsimple
client = dnsimple.Client(email = '', user_token = 'toke', sandbox = True)

Don't forget that you'll need specify the sandbox account when authenticating via your .dnsimple configuration file:

client = dnsimple.Client(sandbox = True)

Managing Contacts

You can have multiple contacts associated with your account:

for contact in client.contacts():
  print contact.email_address

In addition to listing all contacts, you can find an individual contact by its email address:

contact ='')

Or ID:

contact =

Once you have a specific contact, you can update its attributes:

success = contact.update({'label': 'Technical Contact', 'email': ''})

You can also remove an existing contact:

success = contact.delete()

Registering Domains

A contact is required when registering a new domain. First check the status:

status = client.find('')

And then register the domain if it's available:

if status.available and status.price < 20:
  domain = client.register('', contact)

If you just want to check if the domain is available for registration (and don't need a Status object), you can do that quickly:

if client.check(''):
  client.register('', contact)

Managing Domains

Whether or not your domain is registered through DNSimple, you can still manage it through the service. You can list the domains you have already created:

for domain in

Or find an individual domain:

domain = client.domain('') # find by domain name
domain = client.domain(1)         # find by ID

If you want to create a new domain, that is possible as well:

new_domain ={'name':''})
if new_domain:

And delete it if you no longer want it managed with DNSimple:

success = new_domain.delete()

Transferring Domains

If you have a domain outside of DNSimple that you want to transfer in, you may do that as well:

success = client.transfer('',''))

Managing DNS Records

Once you have found a domain whose records you want to manage, you can get a list of associated entries:

domain = client.domain('')
for record in domain.records():
  print ' * {0}: "{1}" / "{2}" ({3})'.format(

You can further filter records by type:

for nameserver in domain.records(type = 'NS'):
    print ' * "{0}" ({1})'.format(nameserver.content,

Or name:

for blank in domain.records(name = ''):
    print ' * {0}: "{1}" ({2})'.format(blank.record_type, blank.content,

Or both type and name:

for a in domain.records(name = '', type = 'A'):
    print ' * {0}: "{1}" ({2})'.format(a.record_type, a.content,

If you want to fetch a single record, you can grab it via name or ID:

client.domain('').record('www') # find by record name
client.domain('').record(1)     # find by ID

And further filter by type if necessary:

root = domain.record('', type = 'A')
print ' * {0}: "{1}" ({2})'.format(root.record_type, root.content,

If the query results in an ambiguous match, an exception will be raised:

domain.record('', type = 'NS')
>> dnsimple.record_collection.MultipleResultsException: Multiple results returned for query

You can also create a new record:

new_record = domain.records().add({'name':'', 'record_type':'A', 'content':''})
if new_record:
  print new_record.record_type

Update an existing record:

success = new_record.update({'ttl': 500})

And destroy it when you're finished:

success = new_record.delete()


Licensed under the MIT License.


Python module for interacting with DNSimple service







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