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Object-oriented wrapper around the Linux Tun/Tap device for Python 2 and 3

Project description

Fork of PyTap that supports Python 3.


The ifconfig command line utility must be installed for pytap2 to operate.

To install ifconfig on Debian/Ubuntu:

$ sudo apt install net-tools

To install ifconfig on RHEL/Rocky Linux/Fedora:

$ sudo yum install net-tools


You can install, upgrade, and uninstall pytap2 with these commands:

$ pip install pytap2
$ pip install --upgrade pytap2
$ pip uninstall pytap2


Using as a context manager automatically brings up the device and closes it at the end of the with block.

from pytap2 import TapDevice

with TapDevice() as device:

Or manually call up() and close().

from pytap2 import TapDevice

device = TapDevice()

The fileno() method is defined, so that the device object can be passed directly to select().


2.2.0 - 2021-11-06

  • Drop Python 3.6 and support Python 3.10.
  • Document dependency on ifconfig

2.1.0 - 2020-12-30

  • Drop Python 3.5 and support Python 3.9.
  • Switch to GitHub Actions for CI.

2.0.0 - 2020-03-29

  • Drop Python 2.7.

1.6.0 - 2019-12-15

  • Drop Python 3.4 and support Python 3.8.
  • Include license file.

1.5.0 - 2018-07-09

Support Python 3.7.

1.4.0 - 2017-10-24

Allow disabling packet information header (IFF_NO_PI) and default read() to read entire MTU worth of data plus the packet information header if present.

1.3.0 - 2017-07-31

Add fileno() method to support select() calls.

1.2.0 - 2017-06-19

Context manager support added.

1.1.0 - 2017-06-17

Allow read() to be called with a specific number of bytes to read.

1.0.0 - 2017-06-16

Initial release that supports Python 2 and 3.

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