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SNMP framework for Python, version 4.x (alpha)

This is a pure-Python implementation of multi-protocol SNMP engine. Although only SNMP versions 1 and 2c are fully supported at the moment, the APIs are aligned with the SNMPv3 architecture [4], so it would naturally host SNMP version 3, and hopefully future SNMP versions, whenever corresponding protocol-specific modules would be implemented (work's in progress).

This software provides facilities for building pure-Python SNMP v1/v2c entities, such as managers, agents and proxies. A set of MIB data access methods allows for building SNMP managers fully aware of agent MIB, as well as SNMP agents having their own MIB instrumentation.

PySNMP is written entirely in Python and is self-sufficient (it is not a wrapper!).

The PySNMP package is distributed under terms and conditions of BSD-style license. See LICENSE at PySNMP homepage [1].


The 4.x branch of PySNMP is extremely experimental, the API WILL change in the future. Do not use the 4.x API in real projects!


  • Complete SNMPv1 and SNMPv2c support
  • Complete SNMP entity implementation (SNMP manager and agent roles)
  • SMI framework for browsing MIB information and managing MIB instrumentation
  • Extensible network transports framework (UDP and UNIX domain implemented)
  • Asynchronous socket-based IO API support
  • 100% Python, works with Python 1.5 and later
  • MT-safe


  • No pure-Python MIB compiler. Although, there's a workaround, read on.
  • No SNMP v.3 support


The 4.x revision of PySNMP brings an alpha-quality code, unstable APIs and appears to run painfully slow. Also, the 4.x APIs are quite incompatible with their 2.x/3.x counterparts as of this early release. Chances are that, at least, high-level compatibility interfaces would appear in future stable releases.


The PySNMP package uses distutils for installation:

$ tar zxf pysnmp.tar.gz $ cd pysnmp $ python install


As of this writing, PySNMP implements two SNMP architectures -- the first is a legacy one used in SNMPv1 & v2c specifications [5]. It is quite protocol-oriented and, in particular, requires application to manage transport failures, access issues and so on.

Here is an example on querying an SNMP agent (cisco router) for arbitrary value (sysDescr):

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from pysnmp.carrier.asynsock.dispatch import AsynsockDispatcher from pysnmp.carrier.asynsock.dgram.udp import UdpSocketTransport from pysnmp.proto.api import alpha

ver = alpha.protoVersions[alpha.protoVersionId1]

def cbRecvFun(tspDsp, transportDomain, transportAddress, wholeMsg):

rsp = ver.Message() rsp.berDecode(wholeMsg) for varBind in rsp.apiAlphaGetPdu().apiAlphaGetVarBindList():

print varBind.apiAlphaGetOidVal()

tspDsp.doDispatchFlag = 0 return ''

req = ver.Message() req.apiAlphaSetCommunity('public') req.apiAlphaSetPdu(ver.GetRequestPdu()) req.apiAlphaGetPdu().apiAlphaSetVarBindList(

((1,3,6,1,2,1,1,1,0), ver.Null())


tspDsp = AsynsockDispatcher(udp=UdpSocketTransport().openClientMode()) tspDsp.registerRecvCbFun(cbRecvFun) tspDsp.sendMessage(req.berEncode(), 'udp', ('', 161)) tspDsp.runDispatcher(liveForever=1)

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The second model supported by PySNMP resembles the SNMPv3 architecture, as specified in [4]. The model is somewhat complex for this introductory README, so for more information, please, follow the pysnmp/examples/v3arch directory in the PySNMP distribution.

A set of complete SNMP applications based on the PySNMP framework's shipped with the pysnmp-apps package. [3]


The pysnmp.smi sub-package defines and implements data model for SNMP SMI objects. With that model, various objects defined in MIB file could be implemented in Python, loaded into SNMP entity and used for verification and visualisation purposes (SNMP manager side) and/or become management targets (SNMP agent side).

Since PySNMP native MIB compiler/codegenerator is not yet implemented, the Python dump feature of libsmi library [6] is used. In order to convert MIB text files into pysnmp.smi-compliant Python source, the following procedure could be used:

for srcfile in /usr/share/snmp/mibs/*txt do

dstmib=`echo $srcfile | sed -e 's/.txt//g'`.py smidump -f python $srcfile | libsmi2pysnmp > $dstmib


The libsmi2pysnmp script is could be found in pysnmp/tools/ directory.

Alternatively, a large set of pre-compiled MIB files is shipped along the pysnmp-mibs package. [2]


The PySNMP software is freely available for download from project's homepage.[1]


If something does not work as expected, please, try browsing PySNMP mailing list archives or post your question there. [7]


I'm interested in bug reports and fixes, suggestions and improvements. I'd be happy knowning whenever you used the PySNMP software for whatever purpose. Please, send me a note then. Thanks!