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snob (Snmp Network Object Browser)


This utility is experimental, it will change radically as I learn more of the Crystal language, so use at your own risk!

snob is an attempt to rewrite my Ruby app YASB in the Crystal programming language. The idea is to:

  • have a somewhat easily distributable utility for probing network devices using snmpV3
  • share this utility with colleagues without them having to install some development environment
  • build fast performing apps
  • learn Crystal while leveraging my Ruby experience
  • have fun:)

This utility is written specifically for snmp version 3 because of its security features. Backwards compatibility to version 2c is not included at this time. Sorry:(.

The special --list switch is included to provide easily remembered names for 1.0.8802. or ipNetToPhysicalPhysAddress or other cryptic looking oids.

The output is raw by default. In addition, a --dump option is included for dumping the resulting output to a file, raw_dump.txt, for later perusal. A --format option exists in an attempt to pretty-print the output for display on screen. The --only-values flag allows output to be used raw by another application like RRDTool for graphing trends when you know which OID you want.


You need git to proceed. Get git! The install script can also update snob by pulling a fresh copy from github. Check out to see what the script is doing. See for my tests on Ubuntu 14.04.

$ git clone
$ cd snob
$ ./

Installation on Ubuntu

see README_UBUNTU for details.

Required utilities for nms (network management station):

  • git
  • net-snmp
  • net-snmp-utils

Configure your hosts to respond to snmp requests. See documentation at: net-snmp


$ snob --help
Usage: snob [OPTIONS] [HOST]
Browse a host snmpv3 mib tree.

Prompts for HOST if not specified on the command-line. Also, prompts
for security credentials if HOST is not in the config file, ~/.snob/snobrc.yml.

    -l, --list                       List some pre-defined OIDs
    -m OID, --mib=OID                Display information for this oid
                                     (Default: system)
    -d, --dump                       Write output to file, raw only
    -f, --formatted                  Display formatted output
    -o, --only-values                Display values only (not OID = value)
    -h, --help                       Show this help
    -v, --version                    Show version

$ snob --list
OIDS - Included pre-defined flag names
flag name        |oid name
arp              |ipNetToPhysicalPhysAddress
lldp             |1.0.8802.
sys              |system
mem              |memory
dsk              |dskTable
ifdesc           |ifDescr
distro           |ucdavis.7890.1.4
temp             |lmTempSensorsDevice

Config file

A first run will create a default YAML config file named ~/.snob/snobrc.yml if it doesn't already exist. The directory's permissions are set to 0o700 (drwx------) for added security. The initial set of credentials is for a host named dummy. Afterwards, if the host is not in the config file, you will be asked to enter credentials manually with the option to save them.

$ snob myserver
Config file doesn't exist. Create it? <yes>
myserver is not in config file. Configuring...
Enter security name: <myname>
Enter authentication phrase: <secret>
Enter privacy phrase: <realsecret>
Crypto algorithm [AES/DES]: <DES>
You entered: 
  user: myname
  auth: secret
  priv: realsecret
  crypto: DES
Save this session? <yes>

The config file is YAML format and can be edited manually.

# /home/vagrant/.snob/snobrc.yml
  user: username
  auth: auth passphrase
  priv: priv passphrase
  crypto: AES/DES

  user: myname
  auth: secret
  priv: realsecret
  crypto: DES


  • Bind the net-snmp c library to make this app even more portable.
  • Build a Ubuntu test environment, write installation instructions.


Please, see the DISCLAIMER below.
Check out the repo on GitHub at
Developed using Crystal 0.24.2 on Fedora 27 workstation running under Vagrant v2.0.2 with VirtualBox 5.2 provider.
Tested on Fedora 26/27 and CentOS 7.
See for my tests on Ubuntu 14.04.


Please, see the DISCLAIMER below.

  1. Fork it ([your-github-name]/snob/fork )
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create a new Pull Request



This utility is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.


This utility was originally created for my personal use in my work as a network specialist. It was developed on a Fedora Workstation using Crystal 0.24.2. This has only been tested on Fedora 26/27 Workstation and CentOS 7

I am not a professional software developer nor do I pretend to be. I am a retired IT network specialist and this is a hobby to keep me out of trouble. If you use this application and it doesn't work the way you would want, feel free to fork it and modify it to your liking. Fork on GitHub at