A StackStorm pack for working with network devices using the NAPALM library.
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NAPALM is a Python library to simplify and abstract some of the programmatic communication with network devices, making multi-vendor network automation a little easier. This pack introduces new capabilities that allow a StackStorm user to leverage NAPALM within StackStorm in the form of sensors, actions, and more.

This pack leverages the NAPALM library to allow ST2 to perform multivendor network automation.

This pack is actively being developed and should be considered BETA status for the time being. Please open a github issue or pull request if you run into any problems with this pack


To install this pack, simply run:

st2 pack install napalm


For many actions, the only required parameter is hostname. The majority of the "housekeeping" options you may be familiar with from NAPALM, such as credentials or driver type, are all handled in the pack configuration.

See section "Configuration" for more on this.

We'll use the ping action as an example. With a proper configuration, this works just fine:

st2 run napalm.ping hostname=sw01.example.org

However, many of the aforementioned options can be provided at the command-line and these will override what is present in the configuration:

st2 run napalm.ping hostname=sw01.example.org driver=junos

For more information on which parameters you can pass to each action, use the -h flag like so:

st2 run napalm.<action_name> -h


All Python dependencies are included in requirements.txt. This is primarily comprised of the various Python libraries that make up the NAPALM project.

These will be installed for you when you install the pack using st2 pack install.


The napalm.yaml.example file is an example configuration file. Copy this to /opt/stackstorm/configs/napalm.yaml, and edit as required.

This is where you tell StackStorm about your network devices, their types, and credentials to manage the devices.

Credentials configuration

Multiple credentials are supported as different hosts or groups of hosts might have different logins. The credentials groups are not validated by the schema.

The following format is used to specify the credentials group. In the example two groups are created core and customer. Each group has a username and password.

When running actions on devices you can pass the name of the credentials group defined here in the credentials parameter or leave it blank and it will be picked up in the devices configuration (provided you configured the device).

    username: myuser
    password: mypassword
    username: customeruser
    password: customerpw

You can also use an enable secret for those devices that require, or an SSH key file, e.g.:

    username: cisco
    password: loginpass
    secret: enablePass
    username: cisco
    key_file: /opt/stackstorm/configs/id_rsa

Devices configuration

The devices configuration is so that credentials and drivers for each device don't have to be entered manually. This is useful for automated action chains or mistral workflows where (most of the time) only the hostname is known (for example from a syslog logsource field.)

- hostname: router1.lon
  driver: junos
  credentials: core
- hostname: router2.par
  driver: junos
  credentials: customer

After you have finished editing /opt/stackstorm/configs/napalm.yaml, you must tell StackStorm to load the configuration, with sudo st2ctl reload --register-configs


Actions in the NAPALM pack largely mirror the NAPALM library methods documented here.

  • cli: Run a CLI command on a devices.
  • get_arp_table: Get the ARP table from a device.
  • get_bgp_config: Get BGP configuration from a device.
  • get_bgp_neighbors: Get the BGP Neighbors from a device.
  • get_bgp_neighbors_detail: Get a detailed BGP neighbor from a device.
  • get_config: Get configuration from the device.
  • get_environment: Get the environment sensor output from a device.
  • get_facts: Get the various facts (Version, Serial Number, Vendor, Model, etc.) from a device.
  • get_firewall_policies: Get firewall policies from a device.
  • get_interfaces: Get interfaces from a device.
  • get_lldp_neighbors: Get the LLDP Neighbors from a device.
  • get_log: Get logs from devices.
  • get_mac_address_table: Get the MAC Address table from a device.
  • get_network_instances: Get details of network/routing instances/vrfs from a device.
  • get_ntp: Gets NTP information from a network device.
  • get_optics: Fetches the power usage on the various transceivers installed on the device (in dbm).
  • get_probes_config: Get RPM (JunOS) or IP SLA (IOS-XR) probe configuration from a device.
  • get_probes_results: Get RPM (JunOS) or IP SLA (IOS-XR) probe results from a device.
  • get_route_to: Shows an IP route on a device.
  • get_snmp_information: Get the SNMP information from a device using NAPALM.
  • loadconfig: Loads (merge) a configuration to a device.
  • traceroute: Run a traceroute from a device.


There is one Sensor currently implemented by this pack:

  • napalm.NapalmLLDPSensor: Detect changes in the number of active LLDP neighbors

NOTE these are here for illustrative purposes only. To ensure production-quality detection of network events, you should integrate StackStorm with your existing monitoring tools.

Rules and Triggers

The pack defines rules for handing syslog events or monitoring events. Logstash is a good source for handling syslog events and extracting the required parameters. There is an example logstash and rsyslog configuration in the examples directory.

It's important to note that the rules and triggers here rely on the host field being set to the IP address of the host and the logsoure being set to the hostname received from the box. The example rsyslog configuration example details more on this.

  • configuration_change_workflow: Webhook trigger to run a remote backup mistral workflow when a configuration change is detected on a device.
  • interface_down_chain: Webhook trigger to run an action chain when an interface goes down.
  • bgp_prefix_exceeded_chain: Webhook trigger to run an action chain when a bgp neighbor exceeds its prefix limit.


Action chains in this pack require certain datastore values to be set.

Common datastore key value pairs for all the action chains and workflows.

# Where to send notifications when an action chain fails.
st2 key set napalm_actionerror_mailto "stackstorm_errors@example.com"

# What email should be the sender of failure notifications
st2 key set napalm_actionerror_mailfrom "stackstorm@example.com"

# HTML header and footer files which get read in by some of the workflows to send nice emails.
st2 key set napalm_html_mail_header_file "/opt/stackstorm/packs/napalm/examples/html_header.html"
st2 key set napalm_html_mail_footer_file "/opt/stackstorm/packs/napalm/examples/html_footer.html"

For the remote backup action chain the following commands will create the datastore key value pairs needed.

# Command to run on the remote server to backup the device
st2 key set napalm_remotebackup_cmd "backup_cmd"

# Username used to connect to the remote server
st2 key set napalm_remotebackup_user "username"

# Hostname of the remote server.
st2 key set napalm_remotebackup_host "backup hostname"

# Where to send notifications of a successful backup.
st2 key set napalm_remotebackup_mailto "backupnotify@example.com"

# What email should be the sender of notifications
st2 key set napalm_remotebackup_mailfrom "stackstorm@example.com"

For Interface related action chains the following commands will create the datastore key value pairs needed.

# Where to send output from BGP actions.
st2 key set napalm_interface_down_mailto "interfaceevent@example.com"

# What email should be the sender of BGP related notifications
st2 key set napalm_interface_down_mailfrom "stackstorm@example.com"

For BGP related action chains the following commands will create the datastore key value pairs needed.

# Where to send output from BGP actions.
st2 key set napalm_bgpsyslog_mailto "bgpnotify@example.com"

# What email should be the sender of BGP related notifications
st2 key set napalm_bgpsyslog_mailfrom "stackstorm@example.com"


HTML Emails

Each action can output an HTML table version of the result, this allows you to send emails in HTML format with the output nicely formatted.

The HTML header and footer files are used to format nice HTML emails and to style the templates. Some examples have been provided in the examples directory and should be copied into a location specified by the key value datastore set above.

This pack is actively being developed.

Raw output

Most actions put their output under the key raw and when the htmlout option is ticked (see above) the output is in 'raw' and 'html'. the cli action also adds a 'raw_array' key to the result so you can iterate through the lines as 'raw' contains lines with a newline ending.

Developing the NAPALM Pack

If you're copying or rsyncing files directly into a VM, bypassing the normal pack installation process (which is normal during development) then you'll want to be aware of a few things.

First, you'll need to install the virtualenv yourself:

st2 run packs.setup_virtualenv packs=napalm

Also, you will need to manually register the pack if you make changes to its metadata or configuration:

st2 pack register napalm