email.utils: Miscellaneous utilities
Source code: Lib/email/utils.py
There are a couple of useful utilities provided in the
Return local time as an aware datetime object. If called without arguments, return current time. Otherwise dt argument should be a
datetimeinstance, and it is converted to the local time zone according to the system time zone database. If dt is naive (that is,
None), it is assumed to be in local time. In this case, a positive or zero value for isdst causes
localtimeto presume initially that summer time (for example, Daylight Saving Time) is or is not (respectively) in effect for the specified time. A negative value for isdst causes the
localtimeto attempt to divine whether summer time is in effect for the specified time.
New in version 3.3.
Returns a string suitable for an RFC 2822-compliant Message-ID header. Optional idstring if given, is a string used to strengthen the uniqueness of the message id. Optional domain if given provides the portion of the msgid after the ‘@’. The default is the local hostname. It is not normally necessary to override this default, but may be useful certain cases, such as a constructing distributed system that uses a consistent domain name across multiple hosts.
Changed in version 3.2: Added the domain keyword.
The remaining functions are part of the legacy (
Compat32) email API. There is no need to directly use these with the new API, since the parsing and formatting they provide is done automatically by the header parsing machinery of the new API.
Return a new string with backslashes in str replaced by two backslashes, and double quotes replaced by backslash-double quote.
Return a new string which is an unquoted version of str. If str ends and begins with double quotes, they are stripped off. Likewise if str ends and begins with angle brackets, they are stripped off.
Parse address – which should be the value of some address-containing field such as To or Cc – into its constituent realname and email address parts. Returns a tuple of that information, unless the parse fails, in which case a 2-tuple of
('', '')is returned.
The inverse of
parseaddr(), this takes a 2-tuple of the form
(realname, email_address)and returns the string value suitable for a To or Cc header. If the first element of pair is false, then the second element is returned unmodified.
Optional charset is the character set that will be used in the RFC 2047 encoding of the
realnamecontains non-ASCII characters. Can be an instance of
Charset. Defaults to
Changed in version 3.3: Added the charset option.
This method returns a list of 2-tuples of the form returned by
parseaddr(). fieldvalues is a sequence of header field values as might be returned by
Message.get_all. Here’s a simple example that gets all the recipients of a message:Python
from email.utils import getaddresses tos = msg.get_all('to', ) ccs = msg.get_all('cc', ) resent_tos = msg.get_all('resent-to', ) resent_ccs = msg.get_all('resent-cc', ) all_recipients = getaddresses(tos + ccs + resent_tos + resent_ccs)
Attempts to parse a date according to the rules in RFC 2822. however, some mailers don’t follow that format as specified, so
parsedate()tries to guess correctly in such cases. date is a string containing an RFC 2822 date, such as
"Mon, 20 Nov 1995 19:12:08 -0500". If it succeeds in parsing the date,
parsedate()returns a 9-tuple that can be passed directly to
Nonewill be returned. Note that indexes 6, 7, and 8 of the result tuple are not usable.
Performs the same function as
parsedate(), but returns either
Noneor a 10-tuple; the first 9 elements make up a tuple that can be passed directly to
time.mktime(), and the tenth is the offset of the date’s timezone from UTC (which is the official term for Greenwich Mean Time) 1. If the input string has no timezone, the last element of the tuple returned is
0, which represents UTC. Note that indexes 6, 7, and 8 of the result tuple are not usable.
The inverse of
format_datetime(). Performs the same function as
parsedate(), but on success returns a
datetime. If the input date has a timezone of
datetimewill be a naive
datetime, and if the date is conforming to the RFCs it will represent a time in UTC but with no indication of the actual source timezone of the message the date comes from. If the input date has any other valid timezone offset, the
datetimewill be an aware
datetimewith the corresponding a
New in version 3.3.
Turn a 10-tuple as returned by
parsedate_tz()into a UTC timestamp (seconds since the Epoch). If the timezone item in the tuple is
None, assume local time.
email.utils.formatdate(timeval=None, localtime=False, usegmt=False)
Returns a date string as per RFC 2822, e.g.:Python
Fri, 09 Nov 2001 01:08:47 -0000
Optional localtime is a flag that when
True, interprets timeval, and returns a date relative to the local timezone instead of UTC, properly taking daylight savings time into account. The default is
Falsemeaning UTC is used.
Optional usegmt is a flag that when
True, outputs a date string with the timezone as an ascii string
GMT, rather than a numeric
-0000. This is needed for some protocols (such as HTTP). This only applies when localtime is
False. The default is
formatdate, but the input is a
datetimeinstance. If it is a naive datetime, it is assumed to be “UTC with no information about the source timezone”, and the conventional
-0000is used for the timezone. If it is an aware
datetime, then the numeric timezone offset is used. If it is an aware timezone with offset zero, then usegmt may be set to
True, in which case the string
GMTis used instead of the numeric timezone offset. This provides a way to generate standards conformant HTTP date headers.
New in version 3.3.
Decode the string s according to RFC 2231.
email.utils.encode_rfc2231(s, charset=None, language=None)
Encode the string s according to RFC 2231. Optional charset and language, if given is the character set name and language name to use. If neither is given, s is returned as-is. If charset is given but language is not, the string is encoded using the empty string for language.
email.utils.collapse_rfc2231_value(value, errors='replace', fallback_charset='us-ascii')
When a header parameter is encoded in RFC 2231 format,
Message.get_parammay return a 3-tuple containing the character set, language, and value.
collapse_rfc2231_value()turns this into a unicode string. Optional errors is passed to the errors argument of
encode()method; it defaults to
'replace'. Optional fallback_charset specifies the character set to use if the one in the RFC 2231 header is not known by Python; it defaults to
For convenience, if the value passed to
collapse_rfc2231_value()is not a tuple, it should be a string and it is returned unquoted.
Decode parameters list according to RFC 2231. params is a sequence of 2-tuples containing elements of the form
Note that the sign of the timezone offset is the opposite of the sign of the
time.timezonevariable for the same timezone; the latter variable follows the POSIX standard while this module follows RFC 2822.
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