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A Python library for SNMP

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SNMP Library for Python

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This is a pure-Python, open source and free implementation of v1/v2c/v3 SNMP engine distributed under 2-clause BSD license.

The PySNMP project was initially sponsored by a PSF grant. Thank you!

This repo is a fork of Ilya Etingof's project etingof/pysnmp, but LeXtudio Inc. is taking over the entire PySNMP ecosystem, including the library, documentation, and the website.

Ilya sadly passed away on 10-Aug-2022. Announcement here. His work is still of great use to the Python community and he will be missed.


  • Complete SNMPv1/v2c and SNMPv3 support
  • SMI framework for resolving MIB information and implementing SMI Managed Objects
  • Complete SNMP entity implementation
  • USM Extended Security Options support (3DES, 192/256-bit AES encryption)
  • Extensible network transports framework (UDP/IPv4, UDP/IPv6)
  • Asynchronous socket-based IO API support
  • Asyncio integration
  • PySMI integration for dynamic MIB compilation
  • Built-in instrumentation exposing protocol engine operations
  • Python eggs and py2exe friendly
  • 100% Python, works with Python 3.8+
  • MT-safe (if SnmpEngine is thread-local)

Features, specific to SNMPv3 model include:

  • USM authentication (MD5/SHA-1/SHA-2) and privacy (DES/AES) protocols (RFC3414, RFC7860)
  • View-based access control to use with any SNMP model (RFC3415)
  • Built-in SNMP proxy PDU converter for building multi-lingual SNMP entities (RFC2576)
  • Remote SNMP engine configuration
  • Optional SNMP engine discovery
  • Shipped with standard SNMP applications (RFC3413)

Download & Install

The PySNMP software is freely available for download from PyPI and GitHub.

Just run:

$ pip install pysnmp-lextudio

To download and install PySNMP along with its dependencies:

  • PyASN1
  • PySMI (required for MIB services only)
  • Optional pysnmpcrypto package whenever strong SNMPv3 encryption is desired

Besides the library, command-line SNMP utilities written in pure-Python could be installed via:

$ pip install snmpclitools-lextudio

and used in the very similar manner as conventional Net-SNMP tools:

$ -v3 -l authPriv -u usr-md5-des -A authkey1 -X privkey1 sysDescr.0
SNMPv2-MIB::sysDescr.0 = STRING: Linux zeus #2 SMP Sun Nov 13 14:58:11 CDT 2016 i686


PySNMP is designed in a layered fashion. Top-level and easiest to use API is known as hlapi. Here's a quick example on how to SNMP GET:

from pysnmp.hlapi import *
from pysnmp.smi.rfc1902 import ObjectIdentity, ObjectType

with Slim(1) as slim:
    errorIndication, errorStatus, errorIndex, varBinds = slim.get(
        ObjectType(ObjectIdentity("SNMPv2-MIB", "sysDescr", 0)),

    if errorIndication:
    elif errorStatus:
            "{} at {}".format(
                errorIndex and varBinds[int(errorIndex) - 1][0] or "?",
        for varBind in varBinds:
            print(" = ".join([x.prettyPrint() for x in varBind]))

This is how to send SNMP TRAP:

from pysnmp.hlapi import *

snmpEngine = SnmpEngine()
errorIndication, errorStatus, errorIndex, varBinds = sendNotification(
    CommunityData('public', mpModel=0),
    UdpTransportTarget(('', 162)),
        ("", ""),
        ("", OctetString("my system")),

if errorIndication:


We maintain publicly available SNMP Agent and TRAP sink at You are welcome to use it while experimenting with whatever SNMP software you deal with.

$ python3 examples/hlapi/asyncio/manager/cmdgen/
SNMPv2-MIB::sysDescr.0 = SunOS 4.1.3_U1 1 sun4m
$ python3 examples/hlapi/asyncio/agent/ntforg/
SNMPv2-MIB::sysUpTime.0 = 0
SNMPv2-MIB::snmpTrapOID.0 = SNMPv2-MIB::warmStart
SNMPv2-MIB::sysName.0 = system name

Other than that, PySNMP is capable to automatically fetch and use required MIBs from HTTP sites or local directories. You could configure any MIB source available to you (including this one) for that purpose.

For more sample scripts please refer to examples section at PySNMP web site.


Library documentation and examples can be found at the PySNMP docs site.

If something does not work as expected, please open an issue at GitHub or post your question on Stack Overflow.

Bug reports and PRs are appreciated! ;-)

Copyright (c) 2005-2020, Ilya Etingof. Copyright (c) 2022-2024, LeXtudio Inc. All rights reserved.

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