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A py.test plugin providing access to a dummynet.

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pytest-dummynet provides a py.test fixture for working with dummy-networks in pytest on Linux machines. By dummy-networks we refer to setups with network namespaces, virtual ethernets, etc.

The DummyNet class is a python wrapper for the linux ‘ip netns’ and ‘ip link’ tools. The methods of the class parse args directly to the command-line in your linux OS.

So far, Ubuntu and Debian are supported, but please make sure, that you have the iproute2 linux-package installed with:

apt-get install iproute2

Other Linux operating systems have not been tested, but feel free to open an issue if support is needed.


To install pytest-dummynet:

pip install pytest-dummynet


To make it easy to use in with pytest the DummyNet object can be injected into a test function by using the dummynet fixture.


def test_run_fail(dummynet):

    with as shell:

        demo0 = shell.netns_add(name="namespace1")
        demo1 = shell.netns_add(name="namespace2")

        shell.link_veth_add(p1_name="peer1", p2_name="peer2")

The dummynet argument is an instance of the DummyNet class.

For a complete example of a local network setup see the test in ‘test/’.

You can try playing around with the class methods in and call the commands in from the command-line. This can give a better idea of the functionality.

Relase new version

  1. Edit NEWS.rst and wscript (set correct VERSION)

  2. Run

    ./waf upload

Source code

The main functionality is found in src/ and the corresponding unit test is in test/ if you want to play/modify/fix the code this would, in most cases, be the place to start.

Developer Notes

We try to make our projects as independent as possible of a local system setup. For example with our native code (C/C++) we compile as much as possible from source, since this makes us independent of what is currently installed (libraries etc.) on a specific machine.

To “fetch” sources we use Waf ( augmented with dependency resolution capabilities:

The goal is to enable a work-flow where running:

./waf configure
./waf build --run_tests

Configures, builds and runs any available tests for a given project, such that you as a developer can start hacking at the code.

For Python project this is a bit unconventional, but we think it works well.


The tests will run automatically by passing --run_tests to waf:

./waf --run_tests

This follows what seems to be “best practice” advise, namely to install the package in editable mode in a virtualenv.


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