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Common utilities and tools maintained by Greenbone Networks

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Pontos - Greenbone Python Utilities and Tools

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The pontos Python package is a collection of utilities, tools, classes and functions maintained by Greenbone Networks.

Pontos is the German name of the Greek titan Pontus, the titan of the sea.

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The documentation for pontos can be found at Please refer to the documentation for more details as this README just gives a short overview.



Python 3.9 and later is supported.

Install using pipx

You can install the latest stable release of pontos from the Python Package Index (pypi) using pipx

python3 -m pipx install pontos

Install using pip

NOTE: The ‘pip install’ command does no longer work out-of-the-box in newer distributions like Ubuntu 23.04 because of PEP 668. Please use the installation via pipx instead.

You can install the latest stable release of pontos from the Python Package Index (pypi) using pip

python3 -m pip install --user pontos

Install using poetry

Because pontos is a Python library you most likely need a tool to handle Python package dependencies and Python environments. Therefore we strongly recommend using poetry.

You can install the latest stable release of pontos and add it as a dependency for your current project using poetry

poetry add pontos


pontos uses poetry for its own dependency management and build process.

First install poetry via pipx

python3 -m pipx install poetry

Afterwards run

poetry install

in the checkout directory of pontos (the directory containing the pyproject.toml file) to install all dependencies including the packages only required for development.

Afterwards activate the git hooks for auto-formatting and linting via autohooks.

poetry run autohooks activate

Validate the activated git hooks by running

poetry run autohooks check


This project is maintained by Greenbone AG


Your contributions are highly appreciated. Please create a pull request on GitHub. Bigger changes need to be discussed with the development team via the issues section at GitHub first.


Copyright (C) 2020-2023 Greenbone AG

Licensed under the GNU General Public License v3.0 or later.

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