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Pythia-core is the backbone of the Pythia framework. It manages a pool of UML virtual machines and is in charge of the safe execution of low-level jobs. Pythia-core is written in Go and can be easily distributed on several machines or in the cloud.

Quick Install

Since the pythia-core framework uses UML-based virtual machines, it can only be run on Linux.

Start by installing required dependencies:

  • Make (4.0 or later)
  • Go (1.2.1 or later)
  • SquashFS tools (squashfs-tools)
  • Embedded GNU C Library (libc6-dev-i386)

Then, clone the Git repository, and launch the installation:

> git clone --recursive
> cd pythia-core
> make

Once successfully installed, you can try to execute a simple task:

> cd out
> touch input.txt
> ./pythia execute -input="input.txt" -task="tasks/hello-world.task"

and you will see, among others, Hello world! printed in your terminal.

Use with Docker

Docker allow the pythia-core framework to run on MacOS or Windows installation.

Start by cloning the git repository and build the docker image:

> git clone --recursive
> cd pythia-core
> docker build -t pythia-core .

Once the image is successfully built, you can now start the image:

> docker run -dit -p 8080:8080 --security-opt seccomp:unconfined --privileged pythia-core
> docker exec -it --privileged CONTAINER_ID bash
> mount /dev/shm
> cd out && touch input.txt
> ./pythia execute -input="input.txt" -tasks="tasks/hello-world.task"

You can obtain the container id using docker ps. You should see among others, Hello world! printed in your terminal.


  • Sébastien Combéfis
  • Guillaume de Moffarts
  • Vianney le Clément de Saint-Marcq
  • Charles Vandevoorde
  • Virginie Van den Schrieck


Application that executes code safely, within UML virtual machines.




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