ipaddress backport for Python 2.6 and 2.7

This is a Python 2.6 backport of the Python 3.4 ipaddress module.

Please refer to the official Python 3.4 documentation for more information on the module.

Differences with Python 3.4's ipaddress module

Since Python 2 has no distinct bytes type, py2-ipaddress instead uses bytearray for the "packed" address representation.

>>> ipaddress.ip_address(bytearray('\xc0\xa8\x54\x17'))
>>> ipaddress.ip_address('').packed

This means py2-ipaddress can accept either of Python 2's string types (str or unicode) for the human-readable representation. The drawback is that you can't use the same code under Python 2 and 3 if you need to work with packed IP addresses.

Additionally, since Python 2.7's functools module does not have the lru_cache decorator, no caching is performed for the is_private and is_global properties. This should be a minor problem, as Python 3.3's ipaddress did not use lru_cache either.

The backport should behave identically to 3.4 in all other respects.

If you prefer semantics closer to Python 3, you may be interested in Philipp Hagemeister's ipaddress backport, which uses str for the "packed" address representation, but then requires all textual IP addresses to be given as unicode strings. That backport also supports Python 3.0–3.2.


py2-ipaddress 3.4.1

Python 2.6 support and a bugfix.

py2-ipaddress 3.4

Since Python 2 does not distinguish between bytes and str like Python 3 does, version 2.0.1 and earlier of py2-ipaddress attempted to interpret str arguments as _both_ and do the "right" thing.

This unfortunately led to surprising behavior in py2-ipaddress:

>>> ipaddress.ip_address('')

The ipaddress module does not, of course, perform DNS resolution. Rather, the argument is interpreted as a byte string (of length 16) and converted bit-for-bit into an IPv6 address. In Python 3, ipaddress correctly rejects such a constructor argument (unless the b prefix is used to explicitly mark the literal as a byte string).

Even worse, there is not always a single right interpretation. Python 3 example:

>>> ipaddress.ip_address('::1234:5678:9abc')
>>> ipaddress.ip_address(b'::1234:5678:9abc')

There is no way to distinguish the two invocations in Python 2. As a result, py2-ipaddress 3.4 uses bytearray for all byte strings, and str for text strings only:

>>> ipaddress.ip_address('::1234:5678:9abc')
>>> ipaddress.ip_address(b'::1234:5678:9abc')
>>> ipaddress.ip_address(bytearray('::1234:5678:9abc'))


The ipaddress modules (both the original and this backport) are licensed under the Python Software Foundation License version 2.

The modifications made for Python 2.6 compatibility are hereby released into the public domain by the authors.