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shellescape 3.4.1

Shell escape a string to safely use it as a token in a shell command (backport of Python shlex.quote for Python versions 2.x & < 3.3)

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The shellescape Python module defines the shellescape.quote() function that returns a shell-escaped version of a Python string. This is a backport of the shlex.quote() function from Python 3.4.3 that makes it accessible to users of Python 3 versions < 3.3 and all Python 2.x versions.


From the Python documentation:

Return a shell-escaped version of the string s. The returned value is a string that can safely be used as one token in a shell command line, for cases where you cannot use a list.

This idiom would be unsafe:

>>> filename = 'somefile; rm -rf ~'
>>> command = 'ls -l {}'.format(filename)
>>> print(command)  # executed by a shell: boom!
ls -l somefile; rm -rf ~

quote() lets you plug the security hole:

>>> command = 'ls -l {}'.format(quote(filename))
>>> print(command)
ls -l 'somefile; rm -rf ~'
>>> remote_command = 'ssh home {}'.format(quote(command))
>>> print(remote_command)
ssh home 'ls -l '"'"'somefile; rm -rf ~'"'"''

The quoting is compatible with UNIX shells and with shlex.split():

>>> remote_command = split(remote_command)
>>> remote_command
['ssh', 'home', "ls -l 'somefile; rm -rf ~'"]
>>> command = split(remote_command[-1])
>>> command
['ls', '-l', 'somefile; rm -rf ~']


Include shellescape in your project file install_requires dependency definition list:


Then import the quote function into your module(s) and use it as needed:

#!/usr/bin/env python
# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-

from shellescape import quote

filename = "somefile; rm -rf ~"
escaped_shell_command = 'ls -l {}'.format(quote(filename))

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