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eve-ng

Open source Python library and command line utilities for EVE-NG API

by Tafsir Thiam

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evengsdk

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Documentation: https://ttafsir.github.io/evengsdk

Open source library and command line utilities to work with the EVE-NG REST API .

Evegnsdk allows you to quickly build network topologies in EVE-NG for testing and development. The CLI tool also enables you quickly integrate EVE-NG into your CI/CD toolset for automated testing and validation.

Requirements

  • Python 3.8+
  • An EVE-NG instance

🚀Installation

You can install evengsdk using pip

pip install eve-ng

Basic Usage

You can interact with the EVE-NG API through the client.api interface

>>> from evengsdk.client import EvengClient
>>> from pprint import pprint
>>>
>>> client = EvengClient("10.246.32.254", log_file="test.log")
>>> client.login(username="admin", password="eve")
>>>
>>> resp = client.api.list_node_templates()
>>> pprint(resp.get("data"))
{'a10': 'A10 vThunder.missing',
 'acs': 'Cisco ACS.missing',
 'aruba': 'Aruba WiFi Controller.missing',
 'arubacx': 'Aruba OS-CX Virtual Switch.missing',
 'asa': 'Cisco ASA.missing',
 'asav': 'Cisco ASAv',
 'bigip': 'F5 BIG-IP LTM VE',
 'cumulus': 'Cumulus VX',

 <OUTPUT OMMITTED FOR BREVITY>

 'linux': 'Linux',
 'mikrotik': 'MikroTik RouterOS.missing',
 'nsx': 'VMWare NSX.missing',
 'nxosv9k': 'Cisco NX-OSv 9K',
 'paloalto': 'Palo Alto.missing',
 'pfsense': 'pfSense Firewall.missing',
 'vcenter': 'VMWare vCenter.missing',
 'vios': 'Cisco vIOS Router',
 'viosl2': 'Cisco vIOS Switch',
 'vmx': 'Juniper vMX.missing',
 'vwlc': 'Cisco vWLC.missing',
 'vyos': 'VyOS',
 'xrv9k': 'Cisco XRv 9000.missing'}
>>>

Example: Build a Lab

from evengsdk.client import EvengClient


client = EvengClient("10.246.32.254", log_file="test.log", ssl_verify=False, protocol="https")
client.disable_insecure_warnings()  # disable warnings for self-signed certificates
client.login(username="admin", password="eve")
client.set_log_level("DEBUG")

# create a lab
lab = {"name": "test_lab", "description": "Test Lab", "path": "/"}
resp = client.api.create_lab(**lab)
if resp['status'] == "success":
  print("lab created successfully.")

# we need the lab path to create objects in the lab
lab_path = f"{lab['path']}{lab['name']}.unl"

# create management network
mgmt_cloud = {"name": "eve-mgmt", "network_type": "pnet1"}
client.api.add_lab_network(lab_path, **mgmt_cloud)

# create Nodes
nodes = [
    {"name": "leaf01", "template": "veos", "image": "veos-4.22.0F", "left": 50},
    {"name": "leaf02", "template": "veos", "image": "veos-4.22.0F", "left": 200},
]
for node in nodes:
    client.api.add_node(lab_path, **node)

# connect nodes to management network
mgmt_connections = [
    {"src": "leaf01", "src_label": "Mgmt1", "dst": "eve-mgmt"},
    {"src": "leaf02", "src_label": "Mgmt1", "dst": "eve-mgmt"}
]
for link in mgmt_connections:
    client.api.connect_node_to_cloud(lab_path, **link)

# create p2p links
p2p_links = [
    {"src": "leaf01", "src_label": "Eth1", "dst": "leaf02", "dst_label": "Eth1"},
    {"src": "leaf01", "src_label": "Eth1", "dst": "leaf02", "dst_label": "Eth2"},
]
for link in p2p_links:
    client.api.connect_node_to_node(lab_path, **link)

client.logout()

📺 The eve-ng CLI Application

The CLI application makes it very simple to quick work with EVE-NG, especially in situation where you would like to automate lab builds and testing using CI/CD.

The CLI application provides an interface to manage EVE-NG objects including:

  • Folders - manage the directory-like structures that contains labs
  • Labs - manage labs and objects inside labs (nodes, networks, links, etc)
    • nodes
    • networks
  • Users - manage system users
  • System - View system status and resources (node templates, network types, user roles, etc..)
➜ eveng --help
Usage: eveng [OPTIONS] COMMAND [ARGS]...

  CLI application to manage EVE-NG objects

Options:
  --host TEXT           [required]
  --username TEXT       [default: (current user); required]
  --password TEXT       [required]
  --port INTEGER        HTTP port to connect to. Default is 80
  --debug / --no-debug  Enables or disables debug mode.
  -v, --verbose         Enables verbosity.
  --help                Show this message and exit.

Commands:
  folder               folder sub commands
  lab                  lab sub commands
  list-network-types   list EVE-NG network types
  list-node-templates  list EVE-NG node templates
  list-user-roles      list EVE-NG user roles
  node                 node sub commands
  show-status          View EVE-NG server status
  show-template        get EVE-NG node template details
  user                 user sub commands
  version              display library version

CLI sample output

image-20220114112752004

⚙️ Configuration

It is simple enough to pass the proper flags to eve-ng specify details for your EVE-NG host. However, you may also pass the connection details as environment variables. You can set the following evengsdk environment variables:

  • EVE_NG_HOST - EVE-NG host name or IP address
  • EVE_NG_USERNAME - EVE-NG username
  • EVE_NG_PASSWORD EVE-NG API/GUI password
  • EVE_NG_LAB_PATH - EVE-NG default lab path. Ex. /myLab.unl

You may set the variables and export them to your shell environment. You can also define your environment variables in a .env folder that will automatically be sourced. The example. below shows the contents of a .env file that will permit you to both source the file and automatically load the variables as needed.

export EVE_NG_HOST=192.168.2.100
export EVE_NG_USERNAME=admin
export EVE_NG_PASSWORD=eve
export EVE_NG_PORT=80
export EVE_NG_PROTOCOL=http
export EVE_NG_SSL_VERIFY=False
export EVE_NG_INSECURE=True
export EVE_NG_LAB_PATH='/mylab.unl'

🏗️ Topology Builder

The CLI application allows you to build lab topologies using a declarative model in order to quickly spin a lab and configure nodes using configuration files or jinja templates. Below is a sample topology that is the examples directory of this project.

---
  name: test
  description: Arista VEOS leaf-spine lab
  path: "/"
  nodes:
    - name: leaf01
      template: veos
      image: veos-4.22.0F
      node_type: qemu
      left: 50
      top: 135
      configuration:
        file: examples/configs/test_leaf01.cfg
    - name: leaf02
      template: veos
      image: veos-4.22.0F
      node_type: qemu
      left: 200
      top: 135
      configuration:
        template: base.j2
        vars:
          hostname: leaf02
          management_address: 10.10.10.1
    - name: leaf03
      template: veos
      image: veos-4.22.0F
      node_type: qemu
      left: 350
      top: 135
      configuration:
        template: base.j2
        vars: examples/data/leaf03.yml
    - name: leaf04
      template: veos
      image: veos-4.22.0F
      node_type: qemu
      left: 500
      top: 135
    - name: spine01
      template: veos
      image: veos-4.22.0F
      node_type: qemu
      left: 150
      top: 474
    - name: spine02
      template: veos
      image: veos-4.22.0F
      node_type: qemu
      left: 350
      top: 474
  networks:
    - name: vCloud
      network_type: pnet1
      visibility: 1
      top: 300
      left: 475
  links:
    network:
      - {"src": "leaf01", "src_label": "Mgmt1", "dst": "vCloud"}
      - {"src": "leaf02", "src_label": "Mgmt1", "dst": "vCloud"}
      - {"src": "leaf03", "src_label": "Mgmt1", "dst": "vCloud"}
      - {"src": "leaf04", "src_label": "Mgmt1", "dst": "vCloud"}
      - {"src": "spine01", "src_label": "Mgmt1", "dst": "vCloud"}
      - {"src": "spine02", "src_label": "Mgmt1", "dst": "vCloud"}
    node:
      - {"src": "leaf01", "src_label": "Eth3", "dst": "spine01", "dst_label": "Eth1"}
      - {"src": "leaf02", "src_label": "Eth3", "dst": "spine01", "dst_label": "Eth2"}
      - {"src": "leaf03", "src_label": "Eth3", "dst": "spine01", "dst_label": "Eth3"}
      - {"src": "leaf04", "src_label": "Eth3", "dst": "spine01", "dst_label": "Eth4"}
      - {"src": "leaf01", "src_label": "Eth2", "dst": "spine02", "dst_label": "Eth1"}
      - {"src": "leaf02", "src_label": "Eth2", "dst": "spine02", "dst_label": "Eth2"}
      - {"src": "leaf03", "src_label": "Eth2", "dst": "spine02", "dst_label": "Eth3"}
      - {"src": "leaf04", "src_label": "Eth2", "dst": "spine02", "dst_label": "Eth4"}

To create a topology from the example above simply run the following command

eve-ng lab create-from-topology -t examples/test_topology.yml --template-dir examples/templates

By default, the configuration tool searches for templates in templates directory, but you can use --template-dir as shown above to specify another location.

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