We found our domain name using Python

Written on March 13, 2015

Finding a name for your startup is never easy. Many requirements must be met. A name should not be too generic, yet it should somehow convey an idea of what your company is about. You also need to be confident that it doesn’t describe an obscure sexual practice in a foreign language. On top of that, you need to ensure that the domain name is free for a sensible top-level domain.

We found our domain name (kittysplit.com) using a simple Python script.

_config.yml

It generates domain names from text building blocks and then checks if they are free. Because this script uses the system whois command, it will (probably) only run on Linux.

You can try it for yourself. Here’s what you need to do.

1. Checkout the code

This bit is quite easy

git clone git@github.com:caspii/domainfinder.git

2. Create your own building blocks

This bit is also quite easy.

Open the file input.txt in your favorite text editor. You’ll see that it contains a section called “–prefixes” and one called “–suffixes”. Simply edit these sections as you see fit, taking care not to delete the actual section titles.

The python script will take each prefix, combine it with every suffix and then check if the resulting .com domain is free. For example, if you only have the prefix “ilove” and the two suffixes, “money” and “myself”, then the script will check if the following domains are free:

  • ilovemoney.com
  • iloveymyself.com

3. Run the script

This is the easiest bit.

Run the command ./find.py and the script will take the inputs you specified in step 2 and begin checking which domains are free.

4. Rejoice

You’ll see the output as each domain is checked and the result in your console. All free domains are saved into a file called output.txt for later perusal.

Tweak

If you’re feeling adventurous, change the script so that other top level domains are checked, such as .net or .de.

If you liked this post, you can share it with your followers or follow us on Twitter!