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Outscale Python SDK

This python SDK helps you to perform actions on Outscale API.

You will need to have an Outscale account, please visit Outscale website.


You can install the pre-built python package through this command:

$ pip install osc-sdk-python


To build the package yourself:

$ make package

You can then install it with:

$ pip install dist/osc_sdk_python-0.27.0-py3-none-any.whl

Configuration & Credentials

When you use the cli you can choose a profile. Profiles can be set with environment variables or in a file. It checks environment variables before loading the file.

In the file, you can set a default profile, naming default. It will be used if you don't precise profile in command line.

Environment variables

$ # optional
$ export OSC_REGION=<REGION> (default: eu-west-2)

Credentials files

$ cat ~/.osc/config.json
    "default": {
        "access_key": "<ACCESS_KEY>",
        "secret_key": "<SECRET_KEY>",
        "region": "<REGION>"
    "profile_1": {
        "access_key": "<ACCESS_KEY>",
        "secret_key": "<SECRET_KEY>",
        "region": "<REGION>"
    "profile_2": {
        "access_key": "<ACCESS_KEY>",
        "secret_key": "<SECRET_KEY>",
        "region": "<REGION>"


  • if ~/.osc/config.json is not found, ~/.oapi_credentials will be used
  • Environment variables have priority over Credentials files.

Basic Authentication

You can also use osc-sdk-python with basic authentication mechanism using your account's email and password. Note that some calls may be blocked with this method. More details in authentication documentation.


gw = Gateway(email="", password="youAccountPassword")
keys = gw.ReadAccessKeys()


A simple example which prints all your Virtual Machine and Volume ids.

from osc_sdk_python import Gateway

if __name__ == '__main__':
    gw = Gateway()

    print("your virtual machines:")
    for vm in gw.ReadVms()["Vms"]:

    print("\nyour volumes:")
    for volume in gw.ReadVolumes()["Volumes"]:

Usage example, check Outscale API documentation for more details.

from osc_sdk_python import Gateway

if __name__ == '__main__':
    gw = Gateway(**{'profile': 'profile_1'})

    # Calls with api Action as method
    result = gw.ReadSecurityGroups(Filters={'SecurityGroupNames': ['default']})
    result = gw.CreateVms(ImageId='ami-3e158364', VmType='tinav4.c2r4')

    # Or raw calls:
    result = gw.raw('ReadVms')
    result = gw.raw('CreateVms', ImageId='ami-xx', BlockDeviceMappings=[{'/dev/sda1': {'Size': 10}}], SecurityGroupIds=['sg-aaa', 'sg-bbb'], Wrong='wrong')

Another example with logs

from osc_sdk_python import *

if __name__ == '__main__':
    gw = Gateway(**{'profile': 'profile_1'})

    # what can contain LOG_KEEP_ONLY_LAST_REQ or LOG_ALL
    # here we pront log in memory, in standard output and in satndard error
    gw.log.config(type=LOG_MEMORY | LOG_STDIO | LOG_STDERR, what=LOG_KEEP_ONLY_LAST_REQ)
    # Or raw calls:
    result = gw.raw('ReadVms')

    last_request = gw.log.str()

Known Issues


Some people my encounter some issue with utf-8 which looks like this

Problem reading (…)osc_sdk_python/osc-api/outscale.yaml:'ascii' codec can't decode byte 0xe2 in position 14856: ordinal not in range(128)

To avoid this issue, configure you locals as follow:


if you don't want your locals to be set system wide you can proceed as follow:

LC_ALL=en_US.UTF-8 pip install osc-sdk-python