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Control by script your Livebox 2,3,4

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🇫🇷 Original version in French 🇫🇷

WARNING: I am not the author of this translation. It may contain errors or typos (especially with spaces...).

WARNING: Some information may be out of date and irrelevant since Livebox software has been updated by Orange. is a Python 3 script that allows you to programmatically control a Livebox and explore control possibilities and other hidden information. It is an "experimental" tool.

There is - unfortunately - no crunchy hidden information to discover, or so I have not found anything. The Livebox is closed well enough.


The script is written in Python 3. It also requires requests which greatly simplifies HTTP requests. It may use Graphviz and one of its Python interface modules graphviz to draw graphs.

It will also install the Graphviz engine. On OSX we can use brew. On Linux, sudo apt-get install graphviz or equivalent depending on the distribution.

This should work also with Windows. Refer to the sites of the various software for installation procedures.


This installs the latest stable, released version.

$ pip3 install sysbus

Manually (from the sources)

$ pip3 install -r requirements.txt
$ pip3 install .

Without installation (run from the sources)

$ pip3 install requests
$ cd src/sysbus
$ ./ -h

In this case, replace sysbus by ./ in the following commands.


The Python module displays the OUI from MAC addresses. The database manuf can be updated with sysbus --update-oui.


Most requests require authentication. This is the user admin and the admin password (by default the first 8 characters of the Wi-Fi key).

The script stores the password (as well as the address of the Livebox and its version if you do not use the default values) in the ~ / .sysbusrc file.

The version of the livebox defaults to lb4 (Livebox 4) but can be replaced ( lb3 for example) after the -lversion argument.

To configure, type the following command (assuming that the password is SECRET):

$ sysbus -config -password SECRET [-url] [-lversion lb4]

From now on, the script will use this login information each time. One can test by asking the time of the equipment:

$ sysbus
Livebox time: Sun, 14 Feb 2016 22:08:32 GMT + 0100


A certain number of requests are integrated in the script (like the request time, or Wi-Fi keys, devices present, etc.) with more or less formatting of the result.

The script is also able to send almost any request, provided that it is fully specified on the command line.

$ sysbus Time:getTime
Livebox time: Sun, 14 Feb 2016 22:13:30 GMT + 0100

The -h or --help option displays all the possible syntax.

The sysbus interface

By browsing the sources made available by Orange here, we can establish that the Liveboxes since version 2 use a middleware developed by SoftAtHome and a home datamodel engine named "pcb".

Unfortunately I have not found any Internet references to this proprietary technology, or it is embedded among all the [meanings( of the acronym, including Printed Circuit Board . Orange and his friend SoftAtHome therefore offer a treasure hunt and puzzles.

This internal datamodel communicates with the outside via an HTTP interface and JSON named "sysbus".

This interface is used by the administration interface [http: //livebox.home] or the apps iOS and Android.

The principle is to send POST requests with a list of parameters in a JSON object, the return will be a JSON object containing the result of the request.

It is reasonable to think that this is also the way that Orange administers Liveboxes (activation of shared Wi-Fi, updates) and perhaps network and / or hardware diagnostics.

Example with curl

API used by Livebox 4 (firmware SG40_sip-en-, which works with Livebox 3 (with firmware SG30_sip-en- at least):

curl -s -X POST -H "Content-Type: application/x-sah-ws-1-call+json" -d '{"service":"NMC","method":"getWANStatus","parameters":{}}'

API used on old Livebox and the mobile apps:

curl -s -X POST -H "Content-Type: application/json" -d '{"parameters":{}}' | jq .


    "result": {
        "status": true,
        "data": {
            "LinkType": "ethernet",
            "LinkState": "up",
            "MACAddress": "3C:81:D8:xx:yy:zz",
            "Protocol": "dhcp",
            "ConnectionState": "Bound",
            "LastConnectionError": "None",
            "IPAddress": "",
            "RemoteGateway": "",
            "DNSServers": ",",
            "IPv6Address": "2a01:cb00:xyzt:abcd:1:2:3:4",
            "IPv6DelegatedPrefix": "2a01:cb00:xyzt:abcd::/56"

jq is a tool that allows, among other things, to reformat the JSON.

Note: This request does not require authentication, unlike the time request.

Examples with the script

# query similar to the curl example above
$ sysbus sysbus.NMC:getWANStatus

# passing parameters
$ sysbus sysbus.NMC.Wifi:set Enable=True Status=True

Where to find the requests?

The script has a -scan option that more or less lists the method calls that are used by the administration web interface. It uses for that the agglomeration of javascript scripts of the Livebox. On the other hand, it will be necessary to search to know the possible parameters.

Modern browser debuggers are also able to view sent queries and their results.

Another way is to use wireshark or tcpflow and perform the actions that you wish to script, either via web interface, either via the mobile app if you know how to capture the Wi-Fi smartphone or tablet.

Finally, the last source of information is the datamodel.

The datamodel

The sysbus interface has an interesting feature: that of being able to discover the datamodel.

For this, the HTTP request to make is a GET on the name of the object. The returned JSON describes the model.

sysbus is able to make the return readable by detecting functions, parameters and object instances. Decoding, based solely on observation, may be incomplete.

# queries the datamodel of the NMC.Wifi object
$ sysbus NMC.Wifi -model

=========================================== level 0
OBJECT NAME: 'NMC.Wifi'  (name: Wifi)
function: startPairing (opt clientPIN)
function: stopPairing ()
function: startAutoChannelSelection ()
function: getStats (out RxBytes, out TxBytes)
function: get ()
function: set (opt parameters)
parameter:  Enable               : bool       = 'True'
parameter:  Status               : bool       = 'True'
parameter:  ConfigurationMode    : bool       = 'True'

Launched without an object name, the program displays the datamodel, with access restrictions. However, sub-objects can be accessible, such as, while neither NeMo nor NeMo.Intf are accessible. There are also the objects NeMo.MIB. * Name * (NeMo.MIB.alias for example), but forbidden access.

The -modeluml option will create class diagrams with plantuml (see example below).

The datamodel includes some elements of different TR of the Broadband Forum (see TR-181 for example). For example, the Device.Hosts object is very similar to the one found in the Livebox, plus extensions specific to Orange (X_ORANGE-COM_xxx).

In addition, the presence of a user 'cwmpd' (see the UserManagement object) with the unknown password tends to prove that the Livebox communicates using CWMP (or TR-069) with its management gateway on the Orange side.

Hosts class diagram

New Livebox 4

The LB4's web interface is much more advanced. The datamodel is essentially the same, with more objects.

There is also a description of methods via Json queries:

curl -s http://livebox.home/sdkut/apis/pcb/Time/getTime.json | jq .

The NeMo.Intf graph

The interfaces and pseudo-interfaces are internally organized into graphs via upper and lower connections.

The -graph option in sysbus uses Graphviz to display the entire graph of the interfaces.

$ sysbus -graph

functional graph

In grayed out, the blocks that are inaccessible (they are discovered only thanks to the links upper and lower). And in ellipse, blocks disabled.

The graph is displayed in SVG, which is used to zoom without loss. It can only be modified in the source of the script (change 'svg' to 'png' for example).

Each interface manages one or more MIBs. The list can be retrieved with the command:

$ sysbus -MIBs show

The MIBs (Management Information Base) are apparently close to SNMP MIBs, but they are not - or they are proprietary MIBs and can not be accessed in SNMP. This is the MIB named base which is exploited to build the graph.

$ sysbus NeMo.Intf.wl1:getMIBs mibs=base traverse=this
{'status': {'base': {'wl1': {'Enable': True,
                             'Flags': 'wlanvap penable netdev enabled '
                                      'wlanvap-bound wlansta netdev-bound '
                                      'inbridge netdev-up up',
                             'LLIntf': {'wifi1_ath': {'Name': 'wifi1_ath'}},
                             'Name': 'wl1',
                             'Status': True,
                             'ULIntf': {'bridge': {'Name': 'bridge'}}}}}}

The interpretation of the result of this query is:

  • the wl1 object has the base MIB
  • the properties of the base MIB are: Name`` LLIntf ULIntf`` Status Enable`` Flags
  • this MIB describes the graph,wl1 being connected by a upper link to the bridge interface and a lower link to wifi1_ath
  • the interface is activated (Status)

The command is also able to establish a cross-tab between MIBs and interface to find the use. See this result where X = used, 0 = referenced but empty.

$ sysbus -MIBs table [html]


  • The graph is perhaps incomplete since we only know the connections accessible blocks: we can not know the connections between two inaccessible blocks.
  • By the way, the two blocks starting with data and lan seem separate, both being at the top of two separate graphs (at least if shared Wi-Fi is not enabled). Yet the flow of data necessarily passes from one graph to another. data is connected to eth1 which the external connection, to the fiber box, lan is connected to Wi-Fi and eth0 which represents the switch 4 ports of the local network.
  • It remains undoubtedly to discover other information disseminated in these MIBs.

The network topology

The Livebox is more or less able to display the network topology from its admin page. This information is stored in the datamodel, and it has more details than the web interface wants to display.

In particular, peripherals connected in Wi-Fi 2.4GHz (interface wl0) and those connected in 5GHz (interface wl1).

sysbus must be started with the -topo option to get this graph. Depending on the number of devices, the graph is very big. Adding simple the program only displays the device names.

We also see USB ports and UPnP.

$ sysbus -topo simple

network topology

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