Extract Jabber contacts from an xdb file

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

"""Extract contacts from a Jabberd14 xdb file.

xdb (XML database) files are flatfiles used by the jabberd14_ XMPP_ server to
store user data, including rosters.

Requires Python_ since version 2.5.

Note: If a contact is in multiple groups, only one (the first found by
ElementTree) will be perceived.

:Copyright: 2007-2008 Jochen Kupperschmidt
:Date: 16-Jul-2008
:License: MIT

.. _jabberd14:      http://jabberd.org/
.. _XMPP:           http://www.xmpp.org/
.. _Python:         http://www.python.org/
.. _ElementTree:    http://effbot.org/zone/element-index.htm

from collections import defaultdict
from optparse import OptionParser
import xml.etree.ElementTree as ET

ROSTER_NAMESPACE = 'jabber:iq:roster'

def extract_contacts(filename):
    """Extract contacts in roster from xdb file."""
    doc = ET.parse(filename).getroot()
    for item in doc.findall('.//{%s}item' % ROSTER_NAMESPACE):
        yield {'jid': item.get('jid'),
               'name': item.get('name', u''),
               'group': item.findtext('{%s}group' % ROSTER_NAMESPACE)}

def group_contacts(contacts):
    """Group contacts by roster group name."""
    groups = defaultdict(list)
    for contact in contacts:
    return dict(groups)

def format_contacts(contacts):
    """Format contacts as JID and name."""
    for contact in contacts:
        yield u'%(jid)-30s  %(name)s' % contact

def format_contacts_grouped(contacts):
    """Separate contacts by roster groups."""
    groups = group_contacts(contacts)
    for group, contacts in groups.iteritems():
        yield u'\n--- ' + ((group or u'<no group>') + u' ').ljust(60, u'-')
        for contact in format_contacts(contacts):
            yield contact

if __name__ == '__main__':
    # Create parser.
    parser = OptionParser(
        usage='usage: %prog [options] <filename>')
    parser.add_option('-g', '--group', dest='group',
        action='store_true', help='list contacts by groups')
    parser.add_option('-j', '--jids-only', dest='jids_only',
        action='store_true', help='only show JIDs (overrides `-g`)')

    # Parse input.
    opts, args = parser.parse_args()
    if not args:

    # Process xdb data and print result.
    contacts = extract_contacts(args[0])
    if opts.jids_only:
        output = (contact['jid'] for contact in contacts)
    elif opts.group:
        output = format_contacts_grouped(contacts)
        output = format_contacts(contacts)
    print u'\n'.join(output).encode('utf-8')