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Python support for using the FlockLab 2 testbed (flocklab CLI, creating flocklab xml, visualization).

Project description

FlockLab Tools

This Python package provides tools for working with the FlockLab testbed.


  • Python API for managing FlockLab tests
  • Command-line interface (CLI) for Interfacing with FlockLab
  • Programmatic creation of FlockLab test xml files (in python)
  • Visualization of FlockLab test results

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Source Code



  • python3.6+
  • setuptools, pkg_resources, pip, wheel (usually pre-installed when using a virtual environment)
  • rocketlogger (optional, required if flocklab-tools is used to visualize test results containing powerprofiling data in the rld file format)

Install with

python -m pip install flocklab-tools


pip install flocklab-tools


python3 -m pip uninstall flocklab-tools


Command Line Interface (CLI)

System wide command:

flocklab -h

Alternative (using the python module):

python -m flocklab -h

Command Line Options:

-h, --help            show this help message and exit
-v <testconfig.xml>, --validate <testconfig.xml>
                      validate test config
-c <testconfig.xml>, --create <testconfig.xml>
                      create / schedule new test
-a <testid>, --abort <testid>
                      abort test
-d <testid>, --delete <testid>
                      delete test
-i <testid>, --info <testid>
                      get test info
-g <testid>, --get <testid>
                      get test results (via https)
-f <testid>, --fetch <testid>
                      fetch test results (via webdav) [NOT IMPLEMENTED YET!]
-o <platform>, --observers <platform>
                      get a list of the currently available (online) observers
-p, --platforms       get a list of the available platforms
-x [<result directory>], --visualize [<result directory>]
                      Visualize FlockLab result data
-s <factor>, --downsampling <factor>
                      downsampling factor for power profiling data in visualization
-y, --develop         Enable develop output (incl. develop signals (nRST, PPS) in visualization)
-V, --version         Print version number

Visualization of FlockLab Results

flocklab -x <result directory>

Python Support


from flocklab import Flocklab as fl
from flocklab import *

testId = 0

fc = FlocklabXmlConfig() = 'Example Test'
fc.generalConf.description = 'Description of example test'
fc.generalConf.duration = 60 # duration in seconds
# ...


Bug Reports / Feature Requests

Please send bug reports and feature requests to

Installation for Development

Clone this repository and run the following from inside the root folder of the project (where is located):

python -m pip install -e .

You can edit the source files and the module will reflect the changes automatically (the -e option which means editable install).

License & Copyright

This project is licensed under the BSD-3-Clause license. For details, see the LICENSE file.

Copyright (c) 2020, ETH Zurich, Computer Engineering Group (TEC)

List of Contributors

  • Roman Trub
  • Matthias Meyer
  • Reto Da Forno

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