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SolidFire Python SDK

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Python SDK library for interacting with SolidFire Element API

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The SolidFire Python SDK is a collection of libraries that facilitate integration and orchestration between proprietary systems and third-party applications. The Python SDK allows developers to deeply integrate SolidFire system API with the Python programming language. The SolidFire Python SDK reduces the amount of additional coding time required for integration.


Component Version
SolidFire Element OS 7.0 - 9.0

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From PyPI

pip install solidfire-sdk-python

From Source

Note: It is recommended using virtualenv for isolating the python environment to only the required libraries.

To install the latest version of the SDK:

pip install -e git+

Alternatively, for development purposes or to inspect the source, the following will work:

git clone
cd solidfire-sdk-python
git checkout develop
pip install -e ".[dev, test, docs, release]"
python install

Then append the location of this directory to the PYTHONPATH environment variable to use the SDK in other python scripts:

export PYTHONPATH=$PYTHONPATH:/path/to/sf-python-sdk/

That’s it – you are ready to start interacting with your SolidFire cluster using Python!


Step 1 - Build an Element object using the factory

This is the preferred way to construct the Element object. The factory will make a call to the SolidFire cluster using the credentials supplied to test the connection. It will also set the version to communicate with based on the highest number supported by the SDK and Element OS. Optionally, you can choose to set the version manually and whether or not to verify SSL. Read more about it in the ElementFactory documentation.

from solidfire.factory import ElementFactory

# Use ElementFactory to get a SolidFireElement object.
sfe = ElementFactory.create("ip-address-of-cluster", "username", "password")

Step 2 - Call the API method and retrieve the result

All service methods in SolidFireElement call API endpoints and they all return result objects. The naming convention is [method_name]_result. For example, list_accounts returns a list_accounts_result object which has a property called accounts that can be iterated.

This example sends a request to list accounts then pulls the first account from the add_account_result object.

# Send the request and wait for the result then pull the AccountID
list_accounts_result = sfe.list_accounts()
account = list_accounts_result.accounts[0];

More examples using the Python SDK

from solidfire.factory import ElementFactory

# Create connection to SF Cluster
sfe = ElementFactory.create("ip-address-of-cluster", "username", "password")

# --------- EXAMPLE 1 - CREATE AN ACCOUNT -----------
# Send the request with required parameters and gather the result
add_account_result = sfe.add_account(username="example-account")
# Pull the account ID from the result object
account_id = add_account_result.account_id

# --------- EXAMPLE 2 - CREATE A VOLUME -------------
# Send the request with required parameters and gather the result
create_volume_result = sfe.create_volume(name="example-volume",
# Pull the VolumeID off the result object
volume_id = create_volume_result.volume_id

# --------- EXAMPLE 3 - LIST ONE VOLUME FOR AN ACCOUNT -------------
# Send the request with desired parameters and pull the first volume in the
# result
volume = sfe.list_volumes(accounts=[account_id], limit=1).volumes[0]
# pull the iqn from the volume
iqn = volume.iqn

# --------- EXAMPLE 3 - MODIFY A VOLUME -------------
# Send the request with the desired parameters
sfe.modify_volume(volume_id=volume_id, total_size=2000000000)

More Examples

More specific examples are available here


To configure logging responses, execute the following:

import logging
from solidfire import common

To access the logger for the Element instance:

from solidfire.common import LOG


Connection timeout (useful for failing fast when a host becomes unreachable):

from solidfire.factory import ElementFactory
sfe = ElementFactory.create("ip-address-of-cluster", "username", "password")

Read timeout (useful for extending time for a service call to return):

from solidfire.factory import ElementFactory
sfe = ElementFactory.create("ip-address-of-cluster", "username", "password")


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