Python SMBv2 and v3 Client
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SMBv2 and v3 Client for both Python 2 and 3.

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SMB is a network file sharing protocol and has numerous iterations over the years. This library implements the SMBv2 and SMBv3 protocol based on the MS-SMB2 document.


  • Negotiation of the SMB 2.0.2 protocol to SMB 3.1.1 (Windows 10/Server 2016)
  • Authentication with both NTLM and Kerberos
  • Message signing
  • Message encryption (SMB 3.x.x+)
  • Connect to a Tree/Share
  • Opening of files, pipes and directories
  • Set create contexts when opening files
  • Read and writing of files and pipes
  • Sending IOCTL commands
  • Sending of multiple messages in one packet (compounding)

This is definitely not feature complete as SMB is quite a complex protocol, see backlog for features that would be nice to have in this library.


To use Kerberos authentication, further dependencies are required, to install these dependencies run

# for Debian/Ubuntu/etc:
sudo apt-get install gcc python-dev libkrb5-dev
pip install smbprotocol[kerberos]

# for RHEL/CentOS/etc:
sudo yum install gcc python-devel krb5-devel krb5-workstation python-devel
pip install smbprotocol[kerberos]

Currently Kerberos authentication is not supported on Windows. As part of this optional extra, the python-gssapi library is installed and smbprotocol requires a particular GSSAPI extension to be available to work. This extension should be installed on the majority of MIT or Heimdall Kerberos installs but it isn't guaranteed. To verify that Kerberos is available you can run the following check in a Python console

    from gssapi.raw import inquire_sec_context_by_oid
    print("python-gssapi extension is available")
except ImportError as exc:
    print("python-gssapi extension is not available: %s" % str(exc))

If it isn't available, then either a newer version of the system's gssapi implementation needs to be setup and python-gssapi compiled against that newer version.


To install smbprotocol, simply run

pip install smbprotocol

# on a non Windows host, to install with Kerberos support
pip install smbprotocol[kerberos]

This will download the required packages that are used in this package and get your Python environment ready to go.

Additional Info

One of the first steps as part of the SMB protocol is to negotiate the dialect used and other features that are available. Currently smbprotocol supports the following dialects;

  • 2.0.0: Added with Server 2008/Windows Vista
  • 2.1.0: Added with Server 2008 R2/Windows 7
  • 3.0.0: Added with Server 2012/Windows 8
  • 3.0.2: Added with Server 2012 R2/Windows 8.1
  • 3.1.1: Added with Server 2016/Windows10

Each dialect adds in more features to the protocol where some are minor but some are major. One major changes is in Dialect 3.x where it added message encryption. Message encryption is set to True by default and needs to be overridden when creating a Session object for the older dialects.

By default, the negotiation process will use the latest dialect that is supported by the server but this can be overridden if required. When this is done by the following code

import uuid

from smbprotocol.connection import Connection, Dialects

connection = Connection(uuid.uuid4(), "server", 445)

While you shouldn't want to downgrade to an earlier version, this does allow you to set a minimum dialect version if required.


Currently the existing classes expose a very low level interface to the SMB protocol which can make things quite complex for people starting to use this package. I do plan on making a high-level interface to make things easier for users but that's in the backlog.

For now, the examples folder contains some examples of how this package can be used.


This library makes use of the builtin Python logging facilities. Log messages are logged to the smbprotocol named logger as well as smbprotocol.* where * is each python script in the smbprotocol directory.

These logs are really useful when debugging issues as they give you a more step by step snapshot of what it is doing and what may be going wrong. The debug side will also print out a human readable string of each SMB packet that is sent out from the client so it can get very verbose.


To this module, you need to install some pre-requisites first. This can be done by running;

pip install -r requirements-test.txt

# you can also run tox by installing tox
pip install tox

From there to run the basic tests run;

py.test -v --pep8 --cov smbprotocol --cov-report term-missing

# or with tox 2.7, 2.7, 3.4, 3.5, and 3.6

There are extra tests that only run when certain environment variables are set. To run these tests set the following variables;

  • SMB_USER: The username to authenticate with
  • SMB_PASSWORD: The password to authenticate with
  • SMB_SERVER: The IP or hostname of the server to authenticate with
  • SMB_PORT: The port the SMB server is listening on, default is 445
  • SMB_SHARE: The name of the share to connect to, a share with this name must exist as well as a share with the name$SMB_SHARE-encrypted must also exist that forces encryption

From here running tox or py.test with these environment variables set will activate the integration tests.

To set up a Windows host that will work with these tests run the following in PowerShell;

New-Item -Path C:\share -ItemType Directory > $null
New-Item -Path C:\share-encrypted -ItemType Directory > $null
New-SmbShare -Name $env:SMB_SHARE -Path C:\share -EncryptData $false -FullAccess Everyone > $null
New-SmbShare -Name "$($env:SMB_SHARE)-encrypted" -Path C:\share-encrypted -EncryptData $true -FullAccess Everyone > $null

This requires either Windows 10 or Server 2016 as they support Dialect 3.1.1 which is required by the tests.

If you don't have access to a Windows host, you can use Docker to setup a Samba container and use that as part of the tests. To do so run the following bash commands;

export SMB_USER=smbuser
export SMB_PASSWORD=smbpassword
export SMB_PORT=445
export SMB_SERVER=
export SMB_SHARE=share

docker run -d -p $SMB_PORT:445 -v $(pwd)/build-scripts:/app -w /app -e SMB_USER=$SMB_USER -e SMB_PASSWORD=$SMB_PASSWORD -e SMB_SHARE=$SMB_SHARE centos:7 /bin/bash /app/;


Here is a list of features that I would like to incorporate, PRs are welcome if you want to implement them yourself;

  • SSPI integration for Windows and Kerberos authentication
  • Test and support DFS mounts and not just server shares
  • Multiple channel support to speed up large data transfers
  • Create an easier API on top of the raw SMB calls that currently exist
  • Lots and lots more...