Python Whois Examples

This article will tell you how to use the python-whois module to get the whois information of a website domain with examples.

1. Install The python-whois Module.

  1. Open a terminal and run the command pip install python-whois to install the python-whois module.
    > pip install python-whois
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    Successfully installed future-0.18.2 python-whois-0.8.0
  2. Run the command pip show python-whois to confirm the installation is successful and get the installation directory.
    > pip show python-whois
    Name: python-whois
    Version: 0.8.0
    Summary: Whois querying and parsing of domain registration information.
    Author: Richard Penman
    Author-email: [email protected]
    License: MIT
    Location: c:\users\zhao song\appdata\roaming\python\python39\site-packages
    Requires: future

2. How To Use python-whois Module To Get Domain Whois Information.

  1. Now you can get a domain’s whois information in python using the python-whois module.
  2. Open a terminal and enter the command python to go to the python interpreter console.
  3. First, run the command import whois to import the python-whois module.
  4. Then you can invoke the python-whois module’s whois function to get a domain whois information like below.
    >>> import whois
    >>> whois.whois('')
    {'domain_name': 'DEV2QA.COM', 'registrar': 'FastDomain Inc.', 'whois_server': '', 'referral_url': None, 'updated_date': datetime.datetime(2022, 1, 26, 2, 38, 50), 'creation_date': datetime.datetime(2017, 2, 9, 10, 38, 18), 'expiration_date': datetime.datetime(2023, 2, 9, 10, 38, 18), 'name_servers': ['CRUZ.NS.CLOUDFLARE.COM', 'VIN.NS.CLOUDFLARE.COM'], 'status': 'clientTransferProhibited', 'emails': ['[email protected]', '[email protected]', '[email protected]'], 'dnssec': 'unsigned', 'name': 'SONG ZHAO', 'org': None, 'address': 'CHANG PING', 'city': 'BEI JING', 'state': None, 'registrant_postal_code': '102208', 'country': 'CN'}
  5. The whois function returns a dictionary object, you can get the dictionary object’s keys and values like below.
    # The whois.whois function reutrns a dictionary object.
    >>> whois_dict = whois.whois('')
    # Print out the dictionary object's keys and values.
    >>> print(whois_dict)
      "domain_name": "DEV2QA.COM",
      "registrar": "FastDomain Inc.",
      "whois_server": "",
      "referral_url": null,
      "updated_date": "2022-01-26 02:38:50",
      "creation_date": "2017-02-09 10:38:18",
      "expiration_date": "2023-02-09 10:38:18",
      "name_servers": [
      "status": "clientTransferProhibited",
      "emails": [
        "[email protected]",
        "[email protected]",
        "[email protected]"
      "dnssec": "unsigned",
      "name": "SONG ZHAO",
      "org": null,
      "address": "CHANG PING",
      "city": "BEI JING",
      "state": null,
      "registrant_postal_code": "102208",
      "country": "CN"
    # Get the domain expiration date time through the whois object's expiration_date attribute.
    >>> whois_dict.expiration_date
    datetime.datetime(2023, 2, 9, 10, 38, 18)

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