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This is a beta-quality revision of pure-Python, open source and free implementation of v1/v2c/v3 SNMP engine.

The PySNMP project has been sponsored by a PSF grant [10]. Thanks!


  • Complete SNMPv1/v2c and SNMPv3 support
  • SMI framework for resolving MIB information and implementing SMI Managed Objects
  • Complete SNMP entity implementation
  • USM Extended Security Options support (3DES, 192/256-bit AES encryption)
  • Extensible network transports framework (UDP and UNIX domain implemented)
  • Asynchronous socket-based IO API support
  • Twisted ( integration
  • IPv6 transport support
  • Python eggs and py2exe friendly
  • 100% Python, works with Python 2.2 though 2.7
  • MT-safe (only if run locally to a thread)

Features, specific to SNMPv3 model include:

  • USM authentication (MD5/SHA) and privacy (DES/AES) protocols (RFC3414)
  • View-based access control to use with any SNMP model (RFC3415)
  • Built-in SNMP proxy PDU converter for building multi-lingual SNMP entities (RFC2576)
  • Remote SNMP engine configuration
  • Optional SNMP engine discovery
  • Shipped with standard SNMP applications (RC3413)


  • Much slower than C implementations. Some optimization still possible.
  • No pure-Python MIB compiler. But there's a workaround, read on.


The PySNMP package uses distutils for package management. The PyASN1 [8] package is required. For secure SNMPv3 communication, PyCrypto [9] should also be installed.


As of this writing, PySNMP implements two SNMP architectures -- the first is a legacy one specified by SNMPv1 & v2c standards [5]. It is quite low-level and protocol-oriented by design. In particular, it requires application to manage transport failures, access issues and so on.

The second model supported by PySNMP is aligned to SNMPv3 architecture, as specified in [4]. Here is an example on querying SNMP agent for arbitrary value (sysDescr) over SNMP v3 with authentication and privacy enabled:

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from pysnmp.entity.rfc3413.oneliner import cmdgen

userData = cmdgen.UsmUserData('test-user', 'authkey1', 'privkey1') targetAddr = cmdgen.UdpTransportTarget(('localhost', 161))

errorIndication, errorStatus,
errorIndex, varBinds = cmdgen.CommandGenerator().getCmd(
userData, targetAddr, (('SNMPv2-MIB', 'sysDescr'), 0)


if errorIndication: # SNMP engine errors
print errorIndication
if errorStatus: # SNMP agent errors
print '%s at %sn' % (
errorStatus.prettyPrint(), errorIndex and varBinds[int(errorIndex)-1] or '?')


for oid, val in varBinds: # SNMP agent values
print '%s = %s' % (oid.prettyPrint(), val.prettyPrint())

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For more examples, please see the examples directory in the PySNMP distribution.


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).

While MIB parser/codegenerator has not been implemented in PySNMP, the smidump tool of libsmi library [6] could be used for automatic convertion of MIB text files into Python code. The produced code relies on PySNMP SMI library.

In order to convert MIB text files into pysnmp.smi-compliant Python source, please, use build-pysnmp-mib utility as shipped with PySNMP distribution.

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 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!


[1] PySNMP project homepage:
[2] Pre-compiled PySNMP MIB modules:
[3] PySNMP applications:
[4] SNMP Version 3 specification and related
[5] SNMP Version 1/2 specifications: - -
[6] libsmi homepage Use libsmi version > 0.4.5, possibly from libsmi SVN: svn checkout
[7] PySNMP mailing list archives:
[8] PyASN1 project homepage:
[9] PyCrypto project:
[10] Python Software Foundation

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