A simple, safe single expression evaluator library
A quick single file library for easily adding evaluatable expressions into python projects. Say you want to allow a user to set an alarm volume, which could depend on the time of day, alarm level, how many previous alarms had gone off, and if there is music playing at the time.
It’s deliberately very simple, just a single file you can dump into a project, or import from pypi (pip or easy_install).
Internally, it’s using the amazing python ast module to parse the expression, which allows very fine control of what is and isn’t allowed. It should be completely safe in terms of what operations can be performed by the expression.
The only issue I know to be aware of is that you can create an expression which takes a long time to evaluate, or which evaluating requires an awful lot of memory, which leaves the potential for DOS attacks. There is basic protection against this, and you can lock it down further if you desire. (see the Operators section below)
You should be aware of this when deploying in a public setting.
The defaults are pretty locked down and basic, and it’s very easy to add whatever extra specific functionality you need (your own functions, variable/name lookup, etc).