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I'm searching for a full list of countries with their country codes.

Like on this page (need full and valid):

http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/country_code_list.htm

Thanks.

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The ISO 3166-1 official site is probably the most updated source for the two-letter codes. Unfortunately, they don't have the alpha-3 online, quoting their site:

Where can I find the ISO 3166-1 alpha-3 country code for free download on the ISO 3166/MA Website?

Nowhere. The alpha-3 code is not made available free of charge. You can buy the International Standard ISO 3166-1 from our ISO Store. It contains the three-letter code.

A bit strange in the internet era, but luckily, there is a Wikipedia article with the full list and a UN official document that covers the subject, with country codes.

Update:

There's a list at the CIA site with FIPS 10, ISO 3166 Alpha2, ISO 3166 Alpha3, STANAG and Internet TLD (e.g, .il or .uk).

Link summary:

Note that these list contain non-country entities like Antartica.

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If you want to periodically update your list, you could scrape one of the sources and parse its results into a useful format. I've done so here for converting the Wikipedia country code list into a CSV:

import csv
import urllib2
from BeautifulSoup import BeautifulSoup

opener = urllib2.build_opener()
opener.addheaders = [('User-agent', 'Mozilla/5.0')]

url = 'http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_3166-1'

page = opener.open(url)
soup = BeautifulSoup(page.read())

t = soup.find('table', {'class' : 'wikitable sortable'})

# create a new CSV for the output
iso_csv = csv.writer(open('wikipedia-iso-country-codes.csv', 'w'))

# get the header rows, write to the CSV
iso_csv.writerow([th.findAll(text=True)[0] for th in t.findAll('th')])

# Iterate over the table pulling out the country table results. Skip the first 
# row as it contains the already-parsed header information.
for row in t.findAll("tr")[1:]:
    tds = row.findAll('td')
    raw_cols = [td.findAll(text=True) for td in tds]
    cols = []
    # country field contains differing numbers of elements, due to the flag -- 
    # only take the name
    cols.append(raw_cols[0][-1:][0])
    # for all other columns, use the first result text
    cols.extend([col[0] for col in raw_cols[1:]])
    iso_csv.writerow(cols)
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You can find all (most?) of the two and three letter codes in http://download.geonames.org/export/dump/countryInfo.txt - it also has ISO numeric and fips codes and other country info.

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This is a good format, but it's now outdated. It doesn't contain the codes for South Sudan and Kosovo. –  Matt Feb 22 '13 at 18:01

You may use this code https://classic.scraperwiki.com/scrapers/iso_3166-1/edit/ -- lxml is always faster than BeautifulSoup.

Copied it here:

import scraperwiki
import lxml.html
import urllib
import datetime
import json

from unidecode import unidecode

def get_html(title):
    raw_json = scraperwiki.scrape("http://en.wikipedia.org/w/api.php?action=parse&format=json&page=" + title)
    html = json.loads(raw_json)['parse']['text']['*']
    return html

page_title = "ISO_3166-1"

html = get_html(page_title)
doc = lxml.html.fromstring(html)

for count, tr in enumerate(doc.cssselect('tr')):
    row = [(td.text_content()) for td in tr.cssselect('td')]
    if len(row)==5:
        for ahref in tr.cssselect('a'):
            detailink = ahref.attrib['href']
            if detailink.find(':',0,len(detailink)) != -1:
                detailink = detailink[6:]
                print detailink
        now = datetime.datetime.now()
        data ={"tmsp_scraped":str(now), "eng_short_name":row[0], "alpha_2_code":row[1], "alpha_3_code":row[2], "numeric_code":row[3], "iso_31662_code":detailink}
        scraperwiki.sqlite.save(unique_keys=["eng_short_name"], data=data, table_name="s_iso31661")

        html = get_html(detailink)
        doc = lxml.html.fromstring(html)

        for count, tr in enumerate(doc.cssselect('tr')):
            row = [td.text_content() for td in tr.cssselect('td')]
            row2 = [td.text_content() for td in tr.cssselect('td')]
            if len(row)>0:
                if row[0][:2] == detailink[11:]:
                    now = datetime.datetime.now()
                    data = {"tmsp_scraped":str(now), "iso_31662_code":detailink, "region_code":row[0], "region_desc":row[1], "region_desc_utf8":row2[1]}
                    scraperwiki.sqlite.save(unique_keys=["iso_31662_code","region_code"], data=data, table_name="s_iso31662_region")

One more nice library: https://github.com/neuront/python-iso3166

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I know, it is an old question but it came up pretty high on google.

I would like to add pycountry because you have a python tag and it seems to be what you wanted. From the docs:

ISO country, subdivision, language, currency and script definitions and their translations

pycountry provides the ISO databases for the standards:

639 Languages

3166 Countries

3166-3 Deleted countries

3166-2 Subdivisions of countries

4217 Currencies

15924 Scripts

The package includes a copy from Debian's pkg-isocodes and makes the data accessible through a Python API.

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This answer needs to be higher up! Great suggestion. –  Gregory Goltsov Sep 30 at 11:35

Try this list:

https://gist.github.com/eparreno/205900

It has ISO 2-letter, 3-letter and numeric codes with country short form names.

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a php Array with 3 letter ISO country codes from Wikipedia article

I copy and pasted the list from Wikipedia and created the array. Maybe this code can help somebody save some time, that wants to create an array of country codes. I am not familiar with python, but array creation should be similar to php.

$Countries=array();

array_push($Countries,"ABW");
array_push($Countries,"AFG");
array_push($Countries,"AGO");
array_push($Countries,"AIA");
array_push($Countries,"ALA");
array_push($Countries,"ALB");
array_push($Countries,"AND");
array_push($Countries,"ARE");
array_push($Countries,"ARG");
array_push($Countries,"ARM");
array_push($Countries,"ASM");
array_push($Countries,"ATA");
array_push($Countries,"ATF");
array_push($Countries,"ATG");
array_push($Countries,"AUS");
array_push($Countries,"AUT");
array_push($Countries,"AZE");
array_push($Countries,"BDI");
array_push($Countries,"BEL");
array_push($Countries,"BEN");
array_push($Countries,"BES");
array_push($Countries,"BFA");
array_push($Countries,"BGD");
array_push($Countries,"BGR");
array_push($Countries,"BHR");
array_push($Countries,"BHS");
array_push($Countries,"BIH");
array_push($Countries,"BLM");
array_push($Countries,"BLR");
array_push($Countries,"BLZ");
array_push($Countries,"BMU");
array_push($Countries,"BOL");
array_push($Countries,"BRA");
array_push($Countries,"BRB");
array_push($Countries,"BRN");
array_push($Countries,"BTN");
array_push($Countries,"BVT");
array_push($Countries,"BWA");
array_push($Countries,"CAF");
array_push($Countries,"CAN");
array_push($Countries,"CCK");
array_push($Countries,"CHE");
array_push($Countries,"CHL");
array_push($Countries,"CHN");
array_push($Countries,"CIV");
array_push($Countries,"CMR");
array_push($Countries,"COD");
array_push($Countries,"COG");
array_push($Countries,"COK");
array_push($Countries,"COL");
array_push($Countries,"COM");
array_push($Countries,"CPV");
array_push($Countries,"CRI");
array_push($Countries,"CUB");
array_push($Countries,"CUW");
array_push($Countries,"CXR");
array_push($Countries,"CYM");
array_push($Countries,"CYP");
array_push($Countries,"CZE");
array_push($Countries,"DEU");
array_push($Countries,"DJI");
array_push($Countries,"DMA");
array_push($Countries,"DNK");
array_push($Countries,"DOM");
array_push($Countries,"DZA");
array_push($Countries,"ECU");
array_push($Countries,"EGY");
array_push($Countries,"ERI");
array_push($Countries,"ESH");
array_push($Countries,"ESP");
array_push($Countries,"EST");
array_push($Countries,"ETH");
array_push($Countries,"FIN");
array_push($Countries,"FJI");
array_push($Countries,"FLK");
array_push($Countries,"FRA");
array_push($Countries,"FRO");
array_push($Countries,"FSM");
array_push($Countries,"GAB");
array_push($Countries,"GBR");
array_push($Countries,"GEO");
array_push($Countries,"GGY");
array_push($Countries,"GHA");
array_push($Countries,"GIB");
array_push($Countries,"GIN");
array_push($Countries,"GLP");
array_push($Countries,"GMB");
array_push($Countries,"GNB");
array_push($Countries,"GNQ");
array_push($Countries,"GRC");
array_push($Countries,"GRD");
array_push($Countries,"GRL");
array_push($Countries,"GTM");
array_push($Countries,"GUF");
array_push($Countries,"GUM");
array_push($Countries,"GUY");
array_push($Countries,"HKG");
array_push($Countries,"HMD");
array_push($Countries,"HND");
array_push($Countries,"HRV");
array_push($Countries,"HTI");
array_push($Countries,"HUN");
array_push($Countries,"IDN");
array_push($Countries,"IMN");
array_push($Countries,"IND");
array_push($Countries,"IOT");
array_push($Countries,"IRL");
array_push($Countries,"IRN");
array_push($Countries,"IRQ");
array_push($Countries,"ISL");
array_push($Countries,"ISR");
array_push($Countries,"ITA");
array_push($Countries,"JAM");
array_push($Countries,"JEY");
array_push($Countries,"JOR");
array_push($Countries,"JPN");
array_push($Countries,"KAZ");
array_push($Countries,"KEN");
array_push($Countries,"KGZ");
array_push($Countries,"KHM");
array_push($Countries,"KIR");
array_push($Countries,"KNA");
array_push($Countries,"KOR");
array_push($Countries,"KWT");
array_push($Countries,"LAO");
array_push($Countries,"LBN");
array_push($Countries,"LBR");
array_push($Countries,"LBY");
array_push($Countries,"LCA");
array_push($Countries,"LIE");
array_push($Countries,"LKA");
array_push($Countries,"LSO");
array_push($Countries,"LTU");
array_push($Countries,"LUX");
array_push($Countries,"LVA");
array_push($Countries,"MAC");
array_push($Countries,"MAF");
array_push($Countries,"MAR");
array_push($Countries,"MCO");
array_push($Countries,"MDA");
array_push($Countries,"MDG");
array_push($Countries,"MDV");
array_push($Countries,"MEX");
array_push($Countries,"MHL");
array_push($Countries,"MKD");
array_push($Countries,"MLI");
array_push($Countries,"MLT");
array_push($Countries,"MMR");
array_push($Countries,"MNE");
array_push($Countries,"MNG");
array_push($Countries,"MNP");
array_push($Countries,"MOZ");
array_push($Countries,"MRT");
array_push($Countries,"MSR");
array_push($Countries,"MTQ");
array_push($Countries,"MUS");
array_push($Countries,"MWI");
array_push($Countries,"MYS");
array_push($Countries,"MYT");
array_push($Countries,"NAM");
array_push($Countries,"NCL");
array_push($Countries,"NER");
array_push($Countries,"NFK");
array_push($Countries,"NGA");
array_push($Countries,"NIC");
array_push($Countries,"NIU");
array_push($Countries,"NLD");
array_push($Countries,"NOR");
array_push($Countries,"NPL");
array_push($Countries,"NRU");
array_push($Countries,"NZL");
array_push($Countries,"OMN");
array_push($Countries,"PAK");
array_push($Countries,"PAN");
array_push($Countries,"PCN");
array_push($Countries,"PER");
array_push($Countries,"PHL");
array_push($Countries,"PLW");
array_push($Countries,"PNG");
array_push($Countries,"POL");
array_push($Countries,"PRI");
array_push($Countries,"PRK");
array_push($Countries,"PRT");
array_push($Countries,"PRY");
array_push($Countries,"PSE");
array_push($Countries,"PYF");
array_push($Countries,"QAT");
array_push($Countries,"REU");
array_push($Countries,"ROU");
array_push($Countries,"RUS");
array_push($Countries,"RWA");
array_push($Countries,"SAU");
array_push($Countries,"SDN");
array_push($Countries,"SEN");
array_push($Countries,"SGP");
array_push($Countries,"SGS");
array_push($Countries,"SHN");
array_push($Countries,"SJM");
array_push($Countries,"SLB");
array_push($Countries,"SLE");
array_push($Countries,"SLV");
array_push($Countries,"SMR");
array_push($Countries,"SOM");
array_push($Countries,"SPM");
array_push($Countries,"SRB");
array_push($Countries,"SSD");
array_push($Countries,"STP");
array_push($Countries,"SUR");
array_push($Countries,"SVK");
array_push($Countries,"SVN");
array_push($Countries,"SWE");
array_push($Countries,"SWZ");
array_push($Countries,"SXM");
array_push($Countries,"SYC");
array_push($Countries,"SYR");
array_push($Countries,"TCA");
array_push($Countries,"TCD");
array_push($Countries,"TGO");
array_push($Countries,"THA");
array_push($Countries,"TJK");
array_push($Countries,"TKL");
array_push($Countries,"TKM");
array_push($Countries,"TLS");
array_push($Countries,"TON");
array_push($Countries,"TTO");
array_push($Countries,"TUN");
array_push($Countries,"TUR");
array_push($Countries,"TUV");
array_push($Countries,"TWN");
array_push($Countries,"TZA");
array_push($Countries,"UGA");
array_push($Countries,"UKR");
array_push($Countries,"UMI");
array_push($Countries,"URY");
array_push($Countries,"USA");
array_push($Countries,"UZB");
array_push($Countries,"VAT");
array_push($Countries,"VCT");
array_push($Countries,"VEN");
array_push($Countries,"VGB");
array_push($Countries,"VIR");
array_push($Countries,"VNM");
array_push($Countries,"VUT");
array_push($Countries,"WLF");
array_push($Countries,"WSM");
array_push($Countries,"YEM");
array_push($Countries,"ZAF");
array_push($Countries,"ZMB");
array_push($Countries,"ZWE");
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