Skip to main content

No project description provided

Project description

Latest Version Documentation Status

pypi-parker lets you easily park package names on PyPI to protect users of your packages from typosquatting.

Typosquatting is a problem: in general, but also on PyPI. There are efforts being taken by pypa to protect core library names, but this does not (and really cannot and probably should not attempt to) help individual package owners. For example, reqeusts rather than requests, or crytpography rather than cryptography. Because of the self-serve nature of PyPI, individual package owners are left to their own devices to protect their users. This is not inherently a problem: in my opinion this is a reasonable balance to keep the barrier to entry for publishing PyPI package low. However, tooling should exist to make it easy for package owners to protect their users. That is what pypi-parker sets out to do.


  • Self-serve is a good thing. Let’s not try and get rid of that. Work with it instead.

  • Package owners should be able to easily protect users of their packages from malicious typosquatting.

  • It should be easy for package owners to introduce pypi-parker into their existing package builds.

  • Parked packages should:

    • fail fast and not do anything else

    • be self documenting, both in metadata and in source

    • contain functionally complete files to allow whitelisted external validators to work

      • The readme_renderer validator is run on each generated package before building.

What does it do?

pypi-parker provides a custom distutils command park that interprets a provided config file to generate empty Python package source distributables. These packages will always throw an ImportError when someone tries to install them. You can customize the ImportError message to help guide users to the correct package.

Using the Config File

pypi-parker uses a configparser config file to determine what packages to generate and what metadata to include with each.

There are two special sections: names and DEFAULT.

  • DEFAULT : Values in DEFAULT are used if that key is not present in a package-specific section.

  • names : Keys in names are interpretted as package names that should all use only the values in DEFAULT.

Unless otherwise indicated, all key/value pairs loaded for each package are loaded directly into the setup call for that generated package.

Special Packages

If you want to specify custom values for specific packages, you can add additional sections for those packages. For any sections found aside from DEFAULT and names, the section name is used as the package name.

Special Section Keys

  • description_keys : This line-delimited value is used with str.format to build the final description value.

  • classifiers : If multiple lines are provided for this value, and each line will be treated as a separate entry.

  • description :

    • This value cannot contain multiple lines.

    • This value is also used for the ImportError message in the generated

Default Values

  • config file name : park.cfg

  • classifiers : Development Status :: 7 - Inactive

  • description : parked using pypi-parker

  • long_description :

    This package has been parked either for future use or to protect against typo misdirection.
    If you believe that it has been parked in error, please contact the package owner.



author: mattsb42

description: This package is parked by {author}. See {url} for more information.
    Development Status :: 7 - Inactive
    Operating System :: OS Independent
    Topic :: Utilities


from setuptools import setup

args = ' '.join(sys.argv).strip()
if not any(args.endswith(suffix) for suffix in [' sdist', ' check -r -s']):
    raise ImportError('This package is parked by mattsb42. See for more information.')

    description='This package is parked by mattsb42. See for more information.',
        'Development Status :: 7 - Inactive',
        'Operating System :: OS Independent',
        'Topic :: Utilities'

Install attempt

$ pip install my-package-name
Processing my-package-name
    Complete output from command python egg_info:
    Traceback (most recent call last):
      File "<string>", line 1, in <module>
      File "/tmp/pip-oma2zoy6-build/", line 6, in <module>
        raise ImportError('This package is parked by mattsb42. See for more information.',)
    ImportError: This package is parked by mattsb42. See for more information.

Command "python egg_info" failed with error code 1 in /tmp/pip-oma2zoy6-build/

Ok, how do I use it?

  1. Install pypi-parker wherever you will be running your builds.

pip install pypi-parker
  1. Define the package names you want to target in your config file.

  2. Call with the park command.

python park
  • If you want to use a custom config file, specify it with the park-config argument.

    python park --park-config={filename}
  1. Upload the resulting contents of dist to your package index of choice.

Example tox configuration

basepython = python3.6
deps =
commands = python park

Project details

Download files

Download the file for your platform. If you're not sure which to choose, learn more about installing packages.

Source Distribution

pypi-parker-0.1.2.tar.gz (11.9 kB view hashes)

Uploaded source

Built Distribution

pypi_parker-0.1.2-py2.py3-none-any.whl (18.3 kB view hashes)

Uploaded py2 py3

Supported by

AWS AWS Cloud computing and Security Sponsor Datadog Datadog Monitoring Fastly Fastly CDN Google Google Download Analytics Microsoft Microsoft PSF Sponsor Pingdom Pingdom Monitoring Sentry Sentry Error logging StatusPage StatusPage Status page