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NETCONF toolset Netopeer

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Netopeer is a set of NETCONF tools built on the libnetconf library. It allows operators to connect to their NETCONF-enabled devices as well as developers to allow control their devices via NETCONF. More information about NETCONF protocol can be found at NETCONF WG.

With the experiences from Netopeer, we have moved our activities to work on next generation of this NETCONF toolset based on libyang library. Netopeer2 is mature enough to be used as a replacement of the original Netopeer tools. Therefore, the Netopeer is no more developed neither maintained.

Tools Overview

Netopeer Tools Scheme


CLI interface allowing user to connect to a NETCONF-enabled device and to obtain and manipulate its configuration data.


The main Netopeer server following the integrated architecture. netopeer-server is supposed to run as a system service controlling a device. By default, we provide example modules to control several areas of a GNU/Linux desktop (network interfaces, packet filter and overall system information). The netopeer-server allows you to simply switch the modules to use your own control modules.

As part of the Netopeer server, there is a set of the following tools:

Running the server in docker

This repository has a Dockerfile that can be used to create a container that builds netopeer-server and starts the service. You need a linux with working docker installation to use it.

To build the container:

git clone
cd netopeer
docker build -t netopeer .

To start it:

docker run -it --rm -p 8300:830 --name netopeer netopeer

The line above maps netopeer's netconf port to 8300 on the host. You can connect to that port with ncclient without any user or password (as long as you have a valid private key on the host).

TransAPI modules

Netopeer projects provides several basic transAPI modules that, besides their functionality, serve as examples for writing the libnetconf transAPI modules. These modules are located inside the transAPI/ directory.


TransAPI module implementing ietf-system data model following RFC 7317.

Netopeer GUI

The Apache module with a web-based GUI allowing user to connect to a NETCONF-enabled device and to obtain and manipulate its configuration data from a graphical interface.

This part is available as a standalone project at GitHub.


In November 2012, prior to the IETF 85 meeting, some of these tools were participating in NETCONF Interoperability Testing.

All tools are built on top of the libnetconf library and allows you to use the following NETCONF features:

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Solving Issues

Since the development activities were moved to the Netopeer2 project, we do not maintain this project. However, the issue tracker is kept open to allow community to discuss the issues and possibly share the solutions or advices. Anyway, note that authors propose to move to the Netopeer2 project.


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