In this lesson, we will cover:

  • The main Scrapli components.
  • How to connect to a device.
  • How to interact with a device.
  • How to close a device connection.
  • The Scrapli context manager.

You can find the scripts and code for this lesson within the Scrapli repo under the directory: 002_scrapli_core/001_basics/.

Scrapli Core Components

Scrapli Core is built upon 3 key components – driver, channel and transport.

  • Driver – provides the API/interface to the user. In other words, it is the driver that the user interacts with via a set of common (vendor agnostic) methods.
  • Channel – resides between the driver and transport components. Performs operations such as sending commands and prompting handling.
  • Transport – provides a common interface for which the channel can read/write based on the implemented transport type (ssh2, paramiko, etc). The transport type is configured using transport plugins.
Scrapli Components

Connecting to a Device

Let’s now dive into some code and connect to one of the devices within the lab. First we define the connection variables in a dict(), which we then pass to instantiate our driver class.

The platform specifies the driver that will be used. The available platforms are:

  • arista_eos
  • cisco_iosxe
  • cisco_iosxr
  • cisco_nxos
  • juniper_junos

Once done, we open a connection to the device via open(). Here is an example:

Note: Once you enter the following code, no output will be returned. This is expected. How we work with our device connection will make more sense as we work through the following sections.

import os

from dotenv import load_dotenv
from rich import print
from scrapli import Scrapli


# Create device dict()
device = {
    "host": "",
    "auth_username": os.getenv("LAB_USERNAME"),
    "auth_password": os.getenv("LAB_PASSWORD"),
    "auth_strict_key": False,
    "platform": "cisco_nxos",

# Instantiate Scrapli driver with device dict()
conn = Scrapli(**device)

# Open connection to device
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