Python Freelancing: My First Fiverr Gig and How I Solved It

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Basic Webscraping Script in Python | Requests | BeautifulSoup | ArgParse

Sold Gig ($35)

This is the gig description I offered on my profile to get my first gig:

An email marketing company hired me to write a Python script that satisfies the following requirements.


  1. What is the input? (file, file type, email, text,…) File with list of email addresses (one per line)
  2. What is the output? (file, file type, text, csv, …) File with all email addresses that are from a disposable email provider:
  3. Where does the input come from? (user input from the console, specific path,…) How should the input be processed? Where should the output go to? (console, file,…) File to File
  4. What should the script do if the input contains errors or is incomplete? Ignore line


I recorded a video where I go over the code I developed:


Here’s the code I developed to filter email addresses from spam email providers and clean the email list from fake email addresses.

import requests
import sys
import argparse
from bs4 import BeautifulSoup

Input: Text file containing email addresses, one address per line
Output: A file containing all email address from the input file
whose domain was found in the file under the URL
__author__ = 'lukasrieger'

# constant default settings
URL = ''
PATH_DOMAINS_LOCAL = 'disposable_domains.txt'
DEFAULT_INPUT = 'emails.txt'
DEFAULT_OUTPUT = 'filtered_emails.txt'

def refresh_domains_file():
    This method gets the disposable domains list from the git repo
    as html and scrapes it. Finally all domains are written to a file.
    html = requests.get(URL).content
    soup = BeautifulSoup(html, features="html.parser")
    tds = soup.findAll('td', class_='js-file-line')
    domains = [td.text + '\n' for td in tds]

    with open(PATH_DOMAINS_LOCAL, 'w') as file:
    print(f'Refreshed disposable domains file under path {PATH_DOMAINS_LOCAL}')

def get_disposable_domains(refresh=False):
    This method loads the entries from the disposable domains file
    into a list and returns the list. If the parameter refresh=True,
    the file is refreshed with the domains given in the git repo.
    if refresh:
        # load data from git repo
    domains = None
    with open(PATH_DOMAINS_LOCAL, 'r') as file:
        domains = file.readlines()
    # remove linebreaks
    return [domain[:-1] for domain in domains]

def check_mails(in_path, out_path, refresh=False):
    Loads the list of disposable domains and
    checks each address from the input file for those domains.
    Only if the list of disposable domains contains the email's
    domain, the email address will be added to the outfile.
    disposable_domains = get_disposable_domains(refresh=refresh)
    count = 0
    with open(in_path, 'r') as in_file, open(out_path, 'w') as out_file:
        for email in in_file:
                prefix, suffix = email.split('@')
                #print(prefix, suffix, '|')
                print(f'Invalid email address: {email}')
            # remove blanks around the suffix
            if suffix.strip() in disposable_domains:
                count += 1
    return count

if __name__ == '__main__':
    print('Filtering emails...')

    parser = argparse.ArgumentParser(description='Filter email addresses by disposable domains.')
    parser.add_argument('-i', type=str, nargs='?', help='Path of input file with the email addresses.')
    parser.add_argument('-o', type=str, nargs='?', help='Path where the output will be put.')
    parser.add_argument('-r', action='store_true', help='Refresh local copy of the disposable domains file.')
    args = parser.parse_args()

    path_input = args.i if args.i else DEFAULT_INPUT
    path_output = args.o if args.o else DEFAULT_OUTPUT
    refresh = args.r
        mails_count = check_mails(path_input, path_output, refresh)
        print(f'Copied {mails_count} email addresses to the output file.')
        print(f'Sorry, an unexpected error ({sys.exc_info()[1]}) occurred!\nCall -h for help.')

You can run the code with this simple command:

$ python -i emails.txt -o fakeEmails.txt -r

The code is stored in a file named The first argument emails.txt is the file of email addresses, one email address per line. The second argument is fakeEmail.txt which is the output file where all the fake emails are stored.

Where to Go From Here?

Enough theory. Letโ€™s get some practice!

Coders get paid six figures and more because they can solve problems more effectively using machine intelligence and automation.

To become more successful in coding, solve more real problems for real people. Thatโ€™s how you polish the skills you really need in practice. After all, whatโ€™s the use of learning theory that nobody ever needs?

You build high-value coding skills by working on practical coding projects!

Do you want to stop learning with toy projects and focus on practical code projects that earn you money and solve real problems for people?

๐Ÿš€ If your answer is YES!, consider becoming a Python freelance developer! Itโ€™s the best way of approaching the task of improving your Python skillsโ€”even if you are a complete beginner.

If you just want to learn about the freelancing opportunity, feel free to watch my free webinar โ€œHow to Build Your High-Income Skill Pythonโ€ and learn how I grew my coding business online and how you can, tooโ€”from the comfort of your own home.

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