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Python bindings for libssh C library.


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Bindings for libssh C library.

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Binary wheels are provided for Linux (manylinux 2010), OSX (10.14 and 10.15 for brew Python), and Windows 64-bit (Python 3.6/3.7/3.8).

Wheels have no dependencies.

For building from source, see documentation.

pip install ssh-python

Pip may need to be updated to be able to install binary wheels.

pip install -U pip
pip install ssh-python

Quick Start

See command execution script for complete example.


The library uses Cython based native code extensions as wrappers to libssh.

  • Thread safe - GIL released as much as possible
    • libssh threading limitations apply - anything not supported in C is not supported in Python
  • Very low overhead thin wrapper
  • Object oriented
    • Memory freed automatically and safely as objects are garbage collected by Python
  • Uses Python semantics where applicable
    • channel/file handle context manager support
    • channel/file handle iterator support
  • Raises low level C errors as Python exceptions