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The oVirt Python-SDK is an automatically generated software development kit for the oVirt engine API. This software development kit allows you to develop Python-based applications for automating a variety of complex administrative tasks in oVirt.



  • Complete protocol abstraction.
  • Full compliance with the oVirt api architecture.
  • Auto-completion.
  • Self descriptive.
  • Auto-Generated
  • Intuitive and easy to use.

IDE Examples

Creating the proxy and listing all collections:

Listing the methods of a collection:

Querying a collection using the oVirt search engine query and custom constraints:

Accessing resource methods and properties:

Creating a resource:

Accessing resource properties and sub-collections:

Accessing sub-collection methods:

Querying a sub-collection using a custom constraint:

Retrieving a sub-collection resource:

Accessing sub-collection resource properties and methods:


from ovirtsdk.xml import params

from ovirtsdk.api import API
  • create proxy
api = API(url='[http://host:port/api](http://host:port/api)', username='user@domain', password='password')
  • list entities
vms1 = api.vms.list()
  • list entities using query
vms2 = api.vms.list(query='name=python_vm')
  • search vms by property constraint
vms3 = api.vms.list(memory=1073741824)
  • update resource
vm1 = api.vms.get(name='python_vm')

vm1.description = 'updated_desc'

vm2 = vm1.update()
  • list by constraints
vms4 = api.vms.list(name='pythond_sdk_poc2')
  • get by name
vm4 = api.vms.get(name='pythond_sdk_poc2')
  • get by constraints
vm5 = api.vms.get(id='02f0f4a4-9738-4731-83c4-293f3f734782')
  • add resource
param = params.VM(name='my_vm',

my_vm = api.vms.add(param)
  • add sub-resource to resource
network = params.Network(name='rhevm')

nic = params.NIC(name='eth0', network=network, interface='e1000')

  • add sub-resource to resource where one of the parameters is collection
sd = api.storagedomains.get('nfs_data')
diskParam = params.Disk(storage_domains=params.StorageDomains(storage_domain=[sd]), 

myVm = api.vms.get(name='nfs_desktop')
neDisk = myVm.disks.add(diskParam)
  • note: params.Disk(storage_domains=…, => this is means that Disk constructor should receive collection (params.StorageDomains()) as parameter
  • list sub-resources
nics1 = vm6.nics.list()
  • list sub-resources using constraint/s
nics2 = vm6.nics.list(name='eth0')

nics3 = vm6.nics.list(interface='e1000')
  • get sub-resource
nic1 = vm6.nics.get(name='eth0')
  • update sub-resource
nic1.name = 'eth01'
nic2 = nic1.update()

nic3 = vm6.nics.get(name='eth01')

nic4 = vm6.nics.get(name='eth0')

Development tips

Parameters holder type location

If you find difficult locating appropriate type while constructing

parameter environment, like in [1] for instance, you can reuse internal

params lookup as shown in [2].

VMs.add(self, vm, ...):[@param vm.cpu.topology.cores: int]

topology = params.findRootClass("topology")
#in this case will be returned CpuTopology type.

Releasing resources when SDK proxy is no longer needed

    api = API(url='...', username='...', password='...')




easy_install ovirt-engine-sdk-python


To build rpm and install it, from ovirt-engine-sdk repo:

yum install -y rpm-build python-devel python-setuptools

make rpm

yum install rpmtop/RPMS/noarch/ovirt-engine-sdk-x.y-z.noarch.rpm

development deployment (using distro package manager)

For local install in site-packages, from ovirt-engine-sdk repo:

  • Fedora

    yum install python-lxml
    cd ovirt-engine-sdk
    python setup.py install
  • Debian/Ubuntu

    apt-get install python-lxml
    cd ovirt-engine-sdk
    python setup.py install
  • Arch linux

    pacman -S python2
    cd ovirt-engine-sdk
    python2 setup.py install
  • note: both deployment procedures require super-user permissions.

development deployment (using pip and virtualenvwrapper package manager)

  • Fedora

    yum install python-pip
  • Debian/Ubuntu

    apt-get install python-pip libxml2-dev libxslt1-dev build-essential
  • Arch linux

    pacman -S python 2 python-pip
  • Common among the previous distributions

    pip install virtualenvwrapper
    cat >> ~/.bashrc << EOF
    export WORKON_HOME=$HOME/.virtualenvs
    export WORKON_HOME=$HOME/yourprojectdir
    source /usr/local/bin/virtualenvwrapper.sh # omit the local part for Arch Linux
    mkvirtualenv -p /usr/bin/python2.7 ovirt
    cd ovirt-engine-sdk
    python setup.py install

Then, every time you want to use it:

workon ovirt

will make ovirt and its dependencies available to your python execution environment.


install generateDS

easy_install generateDS

note: currently we support only 2.9a


  1. compile + deploy new ovirt-engine
  2. run jboss
  3. run codegen.main.py

Known issues

TODO list




  • interface for task polling
  • supporting off-line codegen mode


  • supporting several proxy instances in application (done)
  • refactor caching mechanism
  • implement exit in proxy
  • refactoring internal exceptions for better error handling on client side

Change Log



Michael Pasternak: mishka8520@yahoo.com, Juan Hernandez: juan.hernandez@redhat.com