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Python library for NETCONF clients

Project description

ncclient is a Python library that facilitates client-side scripting and application development around the NETCONF protocol. ncclient was developed by Shikar Bhushan. It is now maintained by Leonidas Poulopoulos (@leopoul)




  • Python >= 2.6 or Python 3

  • setuptools 0.6+

  • Paramiko 1.7+

  • lxml 3.3.0+

  • libxml2

  • libxslt

If you are on Debian/Ubuntu install the following libs (via aptitude or apt-get):

  • libxml2-dev

  • libxslt1-dev


[ncclient] $ sudo python install

or via pip:

pip install ncclient


[ncclient] $ python examples/juniper/*.py


Get device running config

Use either an interactive Python console (ipython) or integrate the following in your code:

from ncclient import manager

with manager.connect(host=host, port=830, username=user, hostkey_verify=False) as m:
    c = m.get_config(source='running').data_xml
    with open("%s.xml" % host, 'w') as f:

As of 0.4.1 ncclient integrates Juniper’s and Cisco’s forks, lots of new concepts have been introduced that ease management of Juniper and Cisco devices respectively. The biggest change is the introduction of device handlers in connection paramms. For example to invoke Juniper’s functions annd params one has to re-write the above with device_params={‘name’:’junos’}:

from ncclient import manager

with manager.connect(host=host, port=830, username=user, hostkey_verify=False, device_params={'name':'junos'}) as m:
    c = m.get_config(source='running').data_xml
    with open("%s.xml" % host, 'w') as f:

Device handlers are easy to implement and prove to be futureproof.

Supported device handlers

  • Juniper: device_params={‘name’:’junos’}

  • Cisco CSR: device_params={‘name’:’csr’}

  • Cisco Nexus: device_params={‘name’:’nexus’}

  • Huawei: device_params={‘name’:’huawei’}

  • Alcatel Lucent: device_params={‘name’:’alu’}

  • H3C: device_params={‘name’:’h3c’}

  • HP Comware: device_params={‘name’:’hpcomware’}

Changes | brief


  • Add notifications support

  • Add support for ecdsa keys

  • Various bug fixes


  • Add support for Python 3

  • Improve Junos ioproc performance

  • Performance improvements

  • Updated test cases

  • Many bug and performance fixes


  • Add support for netconf 1.1


  • Fix multiple RPC error generation

  • Add support for cancel-commit and persist param

  • Add more examples


  • Add Huawei device support

  • Add cli command support for hpcomware v7 devices

  • Add H3C support, Support H3C CLI,Action,Get_bulk,Save,Rollback,etc.

  • Add alcatel lucent support

  • Rewrite multiple error handling

  • Add coveralls support, with shield in

  • Set severity level to higher when multiple

  • Simplify logging and multi-error reporting

  • Keep stacktrace of errors

  • Check for known hosts on hostkey_verify only

  • Add check for device sending back null error_text

  • Fix RPC.raise_mode

  • Specifying hostkey_verify=False should not load_known_hosts

  • Check the correct field on rpc-error element


  • Nexus exec_command operation

  • Allow specifying multiple cmd elements in Cisco Nexus

  • Update rpc for nested rpc-errors

  • Prevent race condition in threading

  • Prevent hanging in session close


  • Support for paramiko ProxyCommand via ~/.ssh/config parsing

  • Add Juniper-specific commit operations

  • Add Huawei devices support

  • Tests/Travis support

  • ioproc transport support for Juniper devices

  • Update Cisco CSR device handler

  • Many minor and major fixes


  • Switch between replies if custom handler is found

  • Add Juniper, Cisco and default device handlers

  • Allow preferred SSH subsystem name in device params

  • Allow iteration over multiple SSH subsystem names.


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