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* Add `hlapi.v1arch` API

Introduce new sub-package `pysnmp.hlapi.v1arch` which
wraps otherwise very detailed packet-level SNMP
messaging into a handful of convenience functions.

As a side effect, the `pysnmp.hlapi.*` sub-packages
moved under `pysnmp.hlapi.v3arch` though `pysnmp.hlapi`
still exposes `pysnmp.hlappi.v3arch.*` symbols to
retain some degree of backward compatibility.

The signature of the hlapi `.sendNotification()` call
has changed to accept `*varBinds` instead of a sequence
of `varBinds`. The rationale is to unify this method
call with similar methods of CommandGenerator.

* Add v1arch docs and reshuffle hlapi docs
Latest commit ac0b956 Aug 12, 2018

SNMP library for Python

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This is a pure-Python, open source and free implementation of v1/v2c/v3 SNMP engine distributed under 2-clause BSD license.

The PySNMP project was initially sponsored by a PSF grant. Thank you!


  • Complete SNMPv1/v2c and SNMPv3 support
  • SMI framework for resolving MIB information and implementing SMI Managed Objects
  • Complete SNMP entity implementation
  • USM Extended Security Options support (3DES, 192/256-bit AES encryption)
  • Extensible network transports framework (UDP/IPv4, UDP/IPv6)
  • Asynchronous socket-based IO API support
  • Twisted, Asyncio and Trollius integration
  • PySMI integration for dynamic MIB compilation
  • Built-in instrumentation exposing protocol engine operations
  • Python eggs and py2exe friendly
  • 100% Python, works with Python 2.4 though 3.7
  • MT-safe (if SnmpEngine is thread-local)

Features, specific to SNMPv3 model include:

  • USM authentication (MD5/SHA-1/SHA-2) and privacy (DES/AES) protocols (RFC3414, RFC7860)
  • View-based access control to use with any SNMP model (RFC3415)
  • Built-in SNMP proxy PDU converter for building multi-lingual SNMP entities (RFC2576)
  • Remote SNMP engine configuration
  • Optional SNMP engine discovery
  • Shipped with standard SNMP applications (RC3413)

Download & Install

The PySNMP software is freely available for download from PyPI and GitHub.

Just run:

$ pip install pysnmp

to download and install PySNMP along with its dependencies:

  • PyASN1
  • PySMI (required for MIB services only)
  • Optional pysnmpcrypto package whenever strong SNMPv3 encryption is desired

Besides the library, command-line SNMP utilities written in pure-Python could be installed via:

$ pip install snmpclitools

and used in the very similar manner as conventional Net-SNMP tools:

$ -v3 -l authPriv -u usr-md5-des -A authkey1 -X privkey1 sysDescr.0
SNMPv2-MIB::sysDescr.0 = STRING: Linux zeus #2 SMP Sun Nov 13 14:58:11 CDT 2016 i686


PySNMP is designed in a layered fashion. Top-level and easiest to use API is known as hlapi. Here's a quick example on how to SNMP GET:

from pysnmp.hlapi import *

iterator = getCmd(SnmpEngine(),
                  UdpTransportTarget(('', 161)),
                  ObjectType(ObjectIdentity('SNMPv2-MIB', 'sysDescr', 0)))

errorIndication, errorStatus, errorIndex, varBinds = next(iterator)

if errorIndication:  # SNMP engine errors
    if errorStatus:  # SNMP agent errors
        print('%s at %s' % (errorStatus.prettyPrint(), varBinds[int(errorIndex)-1] if errorIndex else '?'))
        for varBind in varBinds:  # SNMP response contents
            print(' = '.join([x.prettyPrint() for x in varBind]))

This is how to send SNMP TRAP:

from pysnmp.hlapi import *

errorIndication, errorStatus, errorIndex, varBinds = next(
        UsmUserData('usr-sha-aes128', 'authkey1', 'privkey1',
        UdpTransportTarget(('', 162)),
        NotificationType(ObjectIdentity('SNMPv2-MIB', 'authenticationFailure'))

if errorIndication:

We maintain publicly available SNMP Agent and TRAP sink at You are welcome to use it while experimenting with whatever SNMP software you deal with.

$ python3 examples/hlapi/asyncore/sync/manager/cmdgen/
SNMPv2-MIB::sysDescr.0 = SunOS 4.1.3_U1 1 sun4m
$ python3 examples//hlapi/asyncore/sync/agent/ntforg/
SNMPv2-MIB::sysUpTime.0 = 0
SNMPv2-MIB::snmpTrapOID.0 = SNMPv2-MIB::warmStart
SNMPv2-MIB::sysName.0 = system name

Other than that, PySNMP is capable to automatically fetch and use required MIBs from HTTP, FTP sites or local directories. You could configure any MIB source available to you (including this one) for that purpose.

For more example scripts please refer to examples section at pysnmp web site.


Library documentation and examples can be found at the pysnmp project site.

If something does not work as expected, please open an issue at GitHub or post your question on Stack Overflow or try browsing pysnmp mailing list archives.

Bug reports and PRs are appreciated! ;-)

Copyright (c) 2005-2018, Ilya Etingof. All rights reserved.