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Net::CLI::Interact - Toolkit for CLI Automation

Automating command line interface (CLI) interactions is not a new idea, but can be tricky to implement. This module aims to provide a simple and manageable interface to CLI interactions, supporting:

  • SSH, Telnet and Serial-Line connections
  • Unix and Windows support
  • Reuseable device command phrasebooks

If you're a new user, please read the Tutorial. There's also a Cookbook and a Phrasebook Listing.


Using cpanm:

cpanm Net::CLI::Interact

Or manually, from the source:

perl Makefile.PL
make test && make install

Example Usage

    use Net::CLI::Interact;

    my $s = Net::CLI::Interact->new({
        personality     => 'cisco',
        transport       => 'Telnet',
        connect_options => { host => '' },

    # respond to a usename/password prompt
    $s->macro('to_user_exec', {
        params => ['my_username', 'my_password'],

    my $interfaces = $s->cmd('show ip interfaces brief');

    $s->macro('to_priv_exec', {
        params => ['my_password'],
    # matched prompt is updated automatically

    # paged output is slurped into one response
    my $config = $s->last_response;

For a more complete worked example check out the Net::Appliance::Session distribution, for which this module was written.

For more information on the API, please check out Net::CLI::Interact's complete documentation on CPAN.

Copyright and License

This software is copyright (c) 2014-2015 by Oliver Gorwits.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.