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NetBox API client library

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Python API client library for NetBox.

Note: Version 6.7 and later of the library only supports NetBox 3.3 and above.


To install run pip install pynetbox.

Alternatively, you can clone the repo and run python install.

Quick Start

The full pynetbox API is documented on Read the Docs, but the following should be enough to get started using it.

To begin, import pynetbox and instantiate the API.

import pynetbox
nb = pynetbox.api(

The first argument the .api() method takes is the NetBox URL. There are a handful of named arguments you can provide, but in most cases none are required to simply pull data. In order to write, the token argument should to be provided.


The pynetbox API is setup so that NetBox's apps are attributes of the .api() object, and in turn those apps have attribute representing each endpoint. Each endpoint has a handful of methods available to carry out actions on the endpoint. For example, in order to query all the objects in the devices endpoint you would do the following:

>>> devices = nb.dcim.devices.all()
>>> for device in devices:
...     print(

Note that the all() and filter() methods are generators and return an object that can be iterated over only once. If you are going to be iterating over it repeatedly you need to either call the all() method again, or encapsulate the results in a list object like this:

>>> devices = list(nb.dcim.devices.all())


pynetbox supports multithreaded calls for .filter() and .all() queries. It is highly recommended you have MAX_PAGE_SIZE in your Netbox install set to anything except 0 or None. The default value of 1000 is usually a good value to use. To enable threading, add threading=True parameter to the .api:

nb = pynetbox.api(

Alternative Library

Note: For those interested in a different approach, there is an alternative Python API client library available for NetBox called netbox-python. This library provides a thin Python wrapper over the NetBox API.

netbox-python offers a minimalistic interface to interact with NetBox's API. While it may not provide all the features available in pynetbox, it offers a lightweight and straightforward option for interfacing with NetBox.

To explore further details and access the documentation, please visit the netbox-python.

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