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A Python interface to x3270, an IBM 3270 terminal emulator

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py3270 is a Python interface to x3270, an IBM 3270 terminal emulator. It provides an API to a x3270 or s3270 subprocess.


A brief example of usage:

from py3270 import EmulatorBase

class Emulator(EmulatorBase):
    x3270_executable = '/fake/x3270'
    s3270_executable = '/fake/s3270'

# use x3270 so you can see what is going on
em = Emulator(visible=True)

# or not (uses s3270)
em = Emulator()

em.fill_field(17, 23, 'mylogin', 8)
em.fill_field(18, 23, 'mypass', 8)

# if your host unlocks the keyboard before truly being ready you can use:

# maybe look for a status message
if not em.string_found(1, 2, 'login succesful'):

# do something useful

# disconnect from host and kill subprocess


None. Read the code, its pretty self-explanatory :)

More information on x3270/s3270 can be found at:

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Current Status

The interface seems sound, but the Emulator class has only basic functionality. There are more x3270 commands that the Emulator could have methods for. That being said, I believe most x3270 functionality can be supported at a lower-level by the use of Emulator.exec_command().

The py3270 tip is installable via easy_install with easy_install py3270==dev.

Change Log

0.1.5 released 2013-06-17

  • changed default timeout to 30 seconds

  • added send_pf7(), send_pf8()

0.1.4 released 2012-03-17

  • added is_connected() method

0.1.3 released 2011-12-06

  • had messed up a previous upload to pypi releasing a fixed 0.1.1 as 0.1.2, so

    need to go to next version number

0.1.2 released 2011-12-06

  • fix data parsing on Windows

0.1.1 released 2011-12-05

  • renamed Emulator to EmulatorBase to make it clearer that a subclass is needed

  • adjusted readme

0.1.0 released 2011-12-01

  • initial release

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