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Library to communicate with remote servers over GMP or OSP

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Greenbone Vulnerability Management Python Library

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The Greenbone Vulnerability Management Python API library (python-gvm) is a collection of APIs that help with remote controlling a Greenbone Security Manager (GSM) appliance and its underlying Greenbone Vulnerability Manager (GVM). The library essentially abstracts accessing the communication protocols Greenbone Management Protocol (GMP) and Open Scanner Protocol (OSP).

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The documentation for python-gvm can be found at Please always take a look at the documentation for further details. This README just gives you a short overview.



Python 3.5 and later is supported.

Install using pip

You can install the latest stable release of python-gvm from the Python Package Index using pip:

pip install --user python-gvm


from gvm.connections import UnixSocketConnection
from gvm.protocols.latest import Gmp
from gvm.transforms import EtreeTransform
from gvm.xml import pretty_print

connection = UnixSocketConnection()
transform = EtreeTransform()
gmp = Gmp(connection, transform=transform)

# Retrieve GMP version supported by the remote daemon
version = gmp.get_version()

# Prints the XML in beautiful form

# Login
gmp.authenticate('foo', 'bar')

# Retrieve all tasks
tasks = gmp.get_tasks()

# Get names of tasks
task_names = tasks.xpath('task/name/text()')


For any question on the usage of python-gvm please use the Greenbone Community Portal. If you found a problem with the software, please create an issue on GitHub.


This project is maintained by Greenbone Networks GmbH.


Your contributions are highly appreciated. Please create a pull request on GitHub. For bigger changes, please discuss it first in the issues.

For development you should use pipenv to keep you python packages separated in different environments. First install pipenv via pip

pip install --user pipenv

Afterwards run

pipenv install --dev

in the checkout directory of python-gvm (the directory containing the Pipfile) to install all dependencies including the packages only required for development.

Please create your git commits from within the Python environment to apply our git hooks.

$ pipenv install --dev
$ pipenv shell
(python-gvm)$ git commit


Copyright (C) 2017-2019 Greenbone Networks GmbH

Licensed under the GNU General Public License v3.0 or later.

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