A helper library for Puppet Tasks written in Python
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A Python helper library for use by Puppet Tasks. It provides a class that handles error generation, simplifies JSON input and output, and makes testing your task easier. It requires Bolt >= 1.1 and Puppet Enterprise >= 2019.0.

Table of Contents

  1. Description
  2. Requirements
  3. Setup
  4. Usage


This library handles parsing JSON input, serializing the result as JSON output, and producing a formatted error message for errors.


This library works with Python 2.7 and later.


To use this library, include this module in a Puppetfile

mod 'puppetlabs-python_task_helper'

Add it to your task metadata (note that the helper expects to read arguments on stdin)

  "files": ["python_task_helper/files/task_helper.py"],
  "input_method": "stdin"


When writing your task include the library in your script, extend the TaskHelper module, and write the task() function. The task() function must take a hash of parameters as input (even if it's an empty hash), and must return a hash. The following is an example of a task that uses the library

#!/usr/bin/env python

import os, sys
sys.path.append(os.path.join(os.path.dirname(__file__), '..', '..', 'python_task_helper', 'files'))
from task_helper import TaskHelper

class MyTask(TaskHelper):
    def task(self, args):
        return {'result': 'Hi, my name is '+args['name']}

if __name__ == '__main__':

You can then run the task like any other Bolt task

bolt task run mymodule::task -n target.example.com name='Robert'

You can find this example in examples, as well as an example test in tests. For a real task, examples would be renamed to tasks.

You can additionally provide detailed errors by raising a TaskError, such as

class MyTask(TaskHelper):
    def task(self, args):
        raise TaskError('my task errored', 'mytask/error_kind', {'location': 'task entry'})