• Create a simple importable Python module which will produce parsed WHOIS data for a given domain.
  • Able to extract data for all the popular TLDs (com, org, net, ...)
  • Query a WHOIS server directly instead of going through an intermediate web service like many others do.
  • Works with Python 2.4+ and no external dependencies


>>> import whois
>>> w = whois.whois('')
>>> w.expiration_date  # dates converted to datetime object
datetime.datetime(2013, 6, 26, 0, 0)
>>> w.text  # the content downloaded from whois server
u'\nWhois Server Version 2.0\n\nDomain names in the .com and .net

>>> print w  # print values of all found attributes
creation_date: 2004-06-26 00:00:00
emails: [u'', u'']
expiration_date: 2013-06-26 00:00:00


Install from pypi:

pip install python-whois

Or checkout latest version from repository:

hg clone


0.5 - 2015-09-05:

  • added native client, which now handles whois requests by default
  • added pretty formatting to string representation
  • return None instead of raising KeyError when an attribute does not exist
  • new TLD's: .mobi, .io, .kg, .su, .biz

0.4 - 2015-08-13:

  • new TLD's: .de, .nl, .ca, .be
  • migrated to bitbucket
  • added socket timeout

0.3 - 2015-03-31:

  • improved datetime parsing with python-dateutil when available
  • base WhoisEntry class inherits from dict
  • fixed TLD's: .org, .info


You can post ideas or patches here:

Thanks to the many who have sent patches for additional domains!