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SolidFire Python SDK

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SolidFire Element API Python SDK

Python SDK library for interacting with the SolidFire Element API.

Minimum versions:

  • Python 2: 2.7+
  • Python 3: 3.3+



The Solidfire Python SDK depends on the PycURL library which depends on an installed SSL library. If the installation fails due to PycURL, this is most likely due to a missing SSL dependency. OpenSSL is the recomended SSL backend for all linux flavors.

The following are instructions are required before installing the Solidfire SDK. Instructions are Python 2.7 specific with examples of Python 3.3+ examples in the comments.

Ubuntu Pre-Installation Steps:

sudo apt-get install python-pip                                  # or python3-pip
sudo apt-get install libffi-dev libssl-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev
sudo apt-get install python-dev                                  # or python3.3-dev python3.4-dev python3.5-dev
pip install pyopenssl ndg-httpsclient pyasn1                     # use the correct version of pip (i.e. pip3.3)

RHEL/CentOS Pre-Installation Steps:

yum install epel-release
yum groupinstall 'Development Tools'
yum -y install python-setuptools python-pip python-wheel         # or python3-setuptools python3-pip python3-wheel
yum -y install libffi-devel openssl-devel libcurl
yum -y install python-devel                                      # or python3.3-devel python3.4-devel python3.5-devel
pip install pyopenssl ndg-httpsclient pyasn1                     # use the correct version of pip (i.e. pip3.3)


To install globally with pip (requires pip 1.3 or greater installed globally):

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 release/1.0.0
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!

How To Use

Using the SolidFire Element API Python SDK is very straightforward. Just import the module, instantiate an instance of the solidfire.Element class, give it admin authentication credentials, and start asking the SolidFire Element API for data.

Note: The parameter verify_ssl=False is useful when connecting to an IP or when ssl errors are causing the connection to fail.


>>> from solidfire import Element
>>> sf = Element('<MVIP>', '<YOUR USERNAME>', '<YOUR PASSWORD>', '<API VERSION>', verify_ssl=False)
>>> result = sf.list_active_volumes()
>>> for volume in result.volumes:
...     print('{id}, ({name}): size={vol_size} - QoS(min={min_iops}, max={max_iops}, burst={burst_iops}, burst_time={burst_time})'.format(
...         id=volume.volume_id,,  vol_size=volume.total_size,
...         min_iops=volume.qos.min_iops, max_iops=volume.qos.max_iops, burst_iops=volume.qos.burst_iops, burst_time=volume.qos.burst_time)
...     )
1, (VOLUME1): size=1000341504 - QoS(min=50, max=15000, burst=15000, burst_time=60)
2, (VOLUME2): size=2000683008 - QoS(min=5000, max=15000, burst=30000, burst_time=60)
3, (VOLUME3): size=1000341504 - QoS(min=50, max=15000, burst=15000, burst_time=60)
4, (VOLUME4): size=2000683008 - QoS(min=50, max=15000, burst=15000, burst_time=60)

That is it! For a list of available methods (and a bit of documentation), run help(Element).


To configure logging responses, execute the following:

>>> import logging
>>> from solidfire import common
>>> common.setLogLevel(logging.DEBUG)

To access the logger for the Element instance:

>>> from solidfire import common
>>> common.log


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

>>> from solidfire import Element
>>> sf = Element('<MVIP>', '<YOUR USERNAME>', '<YOUR PASSWORD>', '<API VERSION>', verify_ssl=False)
>>> sf.timeout(600)

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

>>> from solidfire import Element
>>> sf = Element('<MVIP>', '<YOUR USERNAME>', '<YOUR PASSWORD>', '<API VERSION>', verify_ssl=False)
>>> sf.read_timeout(600)


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