GVM-Tools is a collection of tools that help with remote controlling a Greenbonse Security Manager (GSM) appliance and its underlying Greenbone Vulnerability Manager (GVM). The tools essentially aid accessing the communication protocols GMP (Greenbone Management Protocol) and OSP (Open Scanner Protocol).

Current Version: 1.2.0

This module is comprised of interactive and non-interactive clients as well as supporting libraries. The programming language Python is supported directly for interactive scripting and library use. But it is also possible to issue remote GMP/OSP commands without programming in Python.


To install it, after downloading the repository, you can use pip like that:

pip install .

Otherwise you can use python itself to install it:

# System
python3 install

# Local
python3 install --user


  • python3-paramiko
  • python3-lxml
  • python3-dialog

Some scripts need additional requirements.


There are several clients to communicate via GMP/OSP.

All clients have the ability to build a connection in various ways:

* Unix Socket
* TLS Connection
* SSH Connection


This little tool sends plain GMP/OSP commands and prints the result to the standard output. When the program is used without any parameters, it asks for an XML command and for the user credentials.

Example program use

Returns the current version.

gvm-cli --xml "<get_version/>"

Return all tasks.

gvm-cli --xml "<commands><authenticate><credentials><username>myuser</username><password>mypass</password></credentials></authenticate><get_tasks/></commands>"

Reads a file with GMP commands and return the result.

gvm-cli < myfile.gmp


This tool has a lot more features than the simple gvm-cli client. You have the possibility to create your own custom scripts with commands from the gvm-lib and from python3 itself. The scripts can be pre-loaded in the program through an additional argument.

Example program use

Open script.gmp over TLS connection.

gvm-pyshell tls --hostname= script.gmp

Connect with given credentials and as unixsocket. Opens an interactive shell.

gvm-pyshell socket --gmp-username=user --gmp-password=pass -i

Connect through SSH connection. Opens an interactive shell.

gvm-pyshell ssh --hostname= -i

Example script

# Retrieve current GMP version
version = gmp.get_version()

# Prints the XML in beautiful form

# Retrieve all tasks
tasks = gmp.get_tasks()

# Get names of tasks
task_names = tasks.xpath('task/name/text()')


With gvm-dialog you'll get a terminal-based dialog.

This client is experimental.


gvm-dialog socket