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A simple Python client implementation of `WebFinger RFC 7033 `_.

WebFinger is a discovery protocol that allows you to find information about people or things in a standardized way. See the `spec `_ or `webfinger.net `_ for more information.


>>> from webfinger import finger
>>> wf = finger('acct:eric@konklone.com')
>>> wf.subject
>>> wf.avatar
>>> wf.profile
>>> wf.properties.get('http://schema.org/name')
Eric Mill


Available on `PyPI as webfinger `_.

pip install webfinger


finger(resource, rel=None)
*finger* is a convenience method for instantiating a WebFingerClient object and making the request. The *resource* parameter is a URI of the resource about which you are querying. The optional *rel* parameter can be either a string or a list of strings that will limit the response to the specific relations. WebFinger servers are **not** required to obey the *rel* parameter, so you should handle the response accordingly.

WebFingerClient supports additional options, so check that out if *finger* does not meet your needs.

WebFinger Client

WebFingerClient(timeout=None, official=False)
Instantiates a client object. The optional *timeout* parameter specifies the HTTP request timeout. The optional *official* parameter is a boolean that determines if the client will use `unofficial endpoints`_.

finger(resource, host=None, rel=None, raw=False)
The client *finger* method prepares and executes the WebFinger request. *resource* and *rel* are the same as the parameters on the standalone *finger* method. *host* should only be specified if you want to connect to a host other than the host in the resource parameter. Otherwise, this method extracts the host from the *resource* parameter. *raw* is a boolean that determines if the method returns a WebFingerResponse object or the raw JRD response as a dict.

If the *host* parameter is passed to this method, unofficial endpoints are ignored. You're asking for a specific host so who am I to disagree?

WebFinger Response

The WebFinger response object provides handy properties for easy access and the raw JRD response. Read the `spec for specifics of the JRD response `_.


The URI of the thing that the response JRD describes.

A list of additional URIs that identify the subject.

A dict of URIs and values that provides information about the subject.

A list of dicts that define external resources for the subject.

A dict of the raw JRD response.


rel(relation, attr='href')
A convenience method that provides basic access to links. The *relation* parameter is a URI for the desired link. The *attr* parameter is the key of the returned value of the link that matches *relation*. Returns a string if *relation* and *attr* exist, otherwise *None*.


>>> wf.rel('http://webfinger.net/rel/avatar')

The response JRD may have multiple entries with the same relation URI. The *rel* method will select the first one, since order is meant to imply priority. If you need to see all of the values, you'll have to iterate over the *links* property and pull them out yourself.


>>> rel = 'http://webfinger.net/rel/avatar'
>>> [l.get('href') for l in rel.links if l.get('rel') == rel]

If *attr* is None, the full dict for the link will be returned.

Relation Properties

The following common link relation types are supported as properties of the response object:

* activity_streams: http://activitystrea.ms/spec/1.0
* avatar: http://webfinger.net/rel/avatar
* hcard: http://microformats.org/profile/hcard
* open_id: http://specs.openid.net/auth/2.0/provider
* opensocial: http://ns.opensocial.org/2008/opensocial/activitystreams
* portable_contacts: http://portablecontacts.net/spec/1.0
* profile: http://webfinger.net/rel/profile-page
* webfist: http://webfist.org/spec/rel
* xfn: http://gmpg.org/xfn/11


>>> wf.avatar

.. _unofficial endpoints:

Unofficial Endpoints

While Facebook and Twitter do not officially support WebFinger, the `webfinger-unofficial project `_ provides a proxy for basic subject information. By default, python-webfinger will attempt to use the unofficial endpoints for facebook.com and twitter.com resource domains. This behavior can be disabled by passing *True* to the *official* parameter::

>>> wf = finger('acct:konklone@twitter.com', official=True)


* `requests `_


python-webfinger is distributed under the `BSD license `_.

See LICENSE for the full terms.