A set of Python libraries that assist in calling the SoftLayer API.
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SoftLayer API Python Client

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This library provides a simple Python client to interact with SoftLayer's XML-RPC API.

A command-line interface is also included and can be used to manage various SoftLayer products and services.


Documentation for the Python client is available at http://softlayer.github.io/softlayer-python/.

Additional API documentation can be found on the SoftLayer Development Network:


Install via pip:

$ pip install softlayer

Or you can install from source. Download source and run:

$ python setup.py install

Another (safer) method of installation is to use the published snap. Snaps are available for any Linux OS running snapd, the service that runs and manage snaps. Snaps are "auto-updating" packages and will not disrupt the current versions of libraries and software packages on your Linux-based system. To learn more, please visit: https://snapcraft.io/

To install the slcli snap:

$ sudo snap install slcli

The most up-to-date version of this library can be found on the SoftLayer GitHub public repositories at http://github.com/softlayer. For questions regarding the use of this library please post to Stack Overflow at https://stackoverflow.com/ and your posts with “SoftLayer” so our team can easily find your post. To report a bug with this library please create an Issue on github.

InsecurePlatformWarning Notice

This library relies on the requests library to make HTTP requests. On Python versions below Python 2.7.9, requests has started emitting a security warning (InsecurePlatformWarning) due to insecurities with creating SSL connections. To resolve this, upgrade to Python 2.7.9+ or follow the instructions here: http://stackoverflow.com/a/29099439.

Getting Help

Bugs and feature requests about this library should have a GitHub issue opened about them.

Issues with the Softlayer API itself should be addressed by opening a ticket.


A curated list of examples on how to use this library can be found at softlayer.github.io


To get the exact API call that this library makes, you can do the following.

For the CLI, just use the -vvv option. If you are using the REST endpoint, this will print out a curl command that you can use, if using XML, this will print the minimal python code to make the request without the softlayer library.

If you are using the library directly in python, you can do something like this.

.. code-bock:: python
  import SoftLayer
  import logging

  class invoices():

      def __init__(self):
          self.client = SoftLayer.Client()
          debugger = SoftLayer.DebugTransport(self.client.transport)
          self.client.transport = debugger

      def main(self):
          mask = "mask[id]"
          account = self.client.call('Account', 'getObject', mask=mask);
          print("AccountID: %s" % account['id'])

      def debug(self):
          for call in self.client.transport.get_last_calls():

  if __name__ == "__main__":
      main = example()

System Requirements

  • Python 2.7, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, or 3.7.
  • A valid SoftLayer API username and key.
  • A connection to SoftLayer's private network is required to use our private network API endpoints.

Python Packages

  • six >= 1.7.0
  • prettytable >= 0.7.0
  • click >= 5, < 7
  • requests >= 2.18.4
  • prompt_toolkit >= 0.53
  • pygments >= 2.0.0
  • urllib3 >= 1.22


This software is Copyright (c) 2016-2018 SoftLayer Technologies, Inc.

See the bundled LICENSE file for more information.