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Openstack API Library for Nova Compute

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Date: 2012-03-08 16:22
tags:Openstack, Nova Compute, Nova

Access Openstack Nova Compute via Python

General Overview

This is a VERY Simple library which I have found useful in projects where I needed access to the Openstack NOVA Compute API and I did not want to bother with novaclient.

Functions of the Library :
  • Do Openstack Nova Things
  • Presently only supports Openstack Nova Compute, but does so for both Vanilla Openstack and the Rackspace Open Cloud
  • Not all of the functions are built-in however the library is extendable and I would be happy to add things in as needed / requested.
Prerequisites :
  • Python => 2.6 but < 3.0

Installation is simple :

git clone git://
cd bookofnova
python install

Now in your application Import bookofnova and go forth and Access Openstack Nova.

Application Usage

Here is some Basic Usage :

# Everything in this dictionary is a string, fill in the needed values.
m_args = {"os_user": 'YOURUSERNAME',
          "os_apikey": 'RANDOMNUMBERSANDTHINGS',
          "os_auth_url": None,
          "os_rax_auth": 'ALOCATION',
          "os_verbose": None,
          "os_password": None,
          "os_tenant": None,
          "os_region": None,
          "os_version": 'v2.0'}
# The "__future__" import is not required, but its nice for the example
from __future__ import print_function
from bookofnova import authentication, computelib, connections

# Set output / Logging
output = print

# Authentication with Nova
auth = authentication.Authentication(m_args=m_args,
service_cat = auth.os_auth()

# Tell the book of Nova that you are ready
nova = computelib.NovaCommands(m_args=m_args,

# Using Nova to show a list of all Instances
servers = nova.server_list()

# now everything that you ever wanted to know from a Openstack Nova
# query can be found in your dictionary under the key 'nova_resp'

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Copyright [2013] [Kevin Carter]

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