Wed, 30 Dec 2020 11:00:05 +0100

Detlev Offenbach <>
Wed, 30 Dec 2020 11:00:05 +0100
changeset 7923
parent 7639

Updated copyright for 2021.

# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-

# Copyright (c) 2004 - 2021 Detlev Offenbach <>

Module implementing utilities to get a password and/or the current user name.

getpass(prompt) - prompt for a password, with echo turned off
getuser() - get the user name from the environment or password database

This module is a replacement for the one found in the Python distribution. It
is to provide a debugger compatible variant of the a.m. functions.

__all__ = ["getpass", "getuser"]

def getuser():
    Function to get the username from the environment or password database.

    First try various environment variables, then the password
    database.  This works on Windows as long as USERNAME is set.
    @return username
    @rtype str
    # this is copied from the oroginal
    import os

    for name in ('LOGNAME', 'USER', 'LNAME', 'USERNAME'):
        user = os.environ.get(name)
        if user:
            return user

    # If this fails, the exception will "explain" why
    import pwd
    return pwd.getpwuid(os.getuid())[0]

def getpass(prompt='Password: '):
    Function to prompt for a password, with echo turned off.
    @param prompt Prompt to be shown to the user
    @type str
    @return Password entered by the user
    @rtype str
    return input(prompt, False)     # secok

unix_getpass = getpass
win_getpass = getpass
default_getpass = getpass
fallback_getpass = getpass

eric ide