Netwalk is a Python library born out of a large remadiation project aimed at making network device discovery and management as fast and painless as possible.


Can be installed via pip with pip install git+ssh://[email protected]/icovada/netwalk.git


A collection of scripts with extra features and examples is stored in the extras folder

Code quality

A lot of the code is covered by tests. More will be added in the future


This object type defines an entire switched network and can be manually populated, have switches added one by one or you can give it one or more seed devices and it will go and scan everything for you.

Auto scanning example:

from netwalk import Fabric
sitename = Fabric()
                               napalm_optional_args=[{'secret': 'cisco'}, {'transport': 'telnet'}])

This code will start searching from device and will try to log in via SSH with cisco/cisco and then customer/password. Once connected to the switch it will pull and parse the running config, the mac address table and the cdp neighbours, then will start cycling through all neighbours recursively until the entire fabric has been discovered

Note: you may also pass a list of napalm_optional_args, check the NAPALM optional args guide for explanation and examples

Manual addition of switches

You can tell Fabric to discover another switch on its own or you can add a Switch object to .switches. WHichever way, do not forget to call refresh_global_information to recalculate neighborships and global mac address table



Note: you may also pass a list of napalm_optional_args, check the optional args guide for explanation and examples


sitename will now contain two main attributes:

  • switches, a dictionary of {'hostname': Switch}
  • mac_table, another dictionary containing a list of all macs in the fabric, the interface closest to them


This object defines a switch. It can be created in two ways:

Automatic connection

from netwalk import Switch
sw01 = Switch(hostname="")

Note: you may also pass a list of napalm_optional_args, check the optional args guide for explanation and examples

This will connect to the switch and pull all the data much like add_switch() does in Fabric

Init from show run

You may also generate the Switch device from a show run you have extracted somewhere else. This will not give you mac address table or neighborship discovery but will generate all Interfaces in the switch

from netwalk import Switch

showrun = """
int gi 0/1
switchport mode access
int gi 0/24
switchport mode trunk

sw01 = Switch(hostname="", config=showrun)


A Switch object has the following attributes:

  • hostname: the IP or hostname to connect to
  • config: string containing plain text show run
  • interfaces: dictionary of {'interface name', Interface}}
  • mac_table: a dictionary containing the switch’s mac address table


An Interface object defines a switched interface (“switchport” in Cisco language) and can hold data about its configuration such as:

  • name
  • description
  • mode: either “access” or “trunk”
  • allowed_vlan: a set() of vlans to tag
  • native_vlan
  • voice_vlan
  • switch: pointer to parent Switch
  • is_up: if the interface is active
  • is_enabled: shutdown ot not
  • config: its configuration
  • mac_count: number of MACs behind it
  • type_edge: also known as “portfast”
  • bpduguard

Printing an interface yelds its configuration based on its current attributes


Check a trunk filter is equal on both sides

assert int.allowed_vlan == int.neighbors[0].allowed_vlan

Check a particular host is in vlan 10

from netaddr import EUI
host_mac = EUI('00:01:02:03:04:05')
assert fabric.mac_table[host_mac]['interface'].native_vlan == 10