Welcome to MAAS's new command-line tool & Python client library

python-libmaas provides:

  • A command-line tool for working with MAAS servers.

  • A rich and stable Python client library for interacting with MAAS 2.0+ servers. This can be used in a synchronous/blocking mode, or an asynchronous/non-blocking mode based on asyncio.

  • A lower-level Python client library, auto-generated to match the MAAS server it’s interacting with.

For MAAS server documentation, visit docs.ubuntu.com.

This is ALPHA software. We are converging on a finished product, but until we release a beta all APIs could change.


Either work from a branch:

$ git clone https://github.com/maas/python-libmaas.git
$ cd python-libmaas
$ make

Or install with pip into a virtualenv:

$ virtualenv --python=python3 amc && source amc/bin/activate
$ pip install git+https://github.com/maas/python-libmaas.git

Or install from PyPI:

$ virtualenv --python=python3 amc && source amc/bin/activate
$ pip install python-libmaas

Note that PyPI may lag the others.

This documentation assumes you’re working from a branch or in a virtualenv. In practice this means it will use partially qualified paths like bin/maas instead of bare maas invocations. If you’ve installed from PyPI the maas command will probably be installed on your shell’s PATH so you can invoke it as maas.


Best place to start with the CLI is the help menu.

$ bin/maas help
$ bin/maas help commands

Once your have familiarized yourself with the available commands you will want to login to your MAAS. You can either pass arguments to login or it will ask your for the needed information to login.

$ bin/maas login

The CLI supports multiple profiles with login. Use profiles and switch to view and change between profiles.

$ bin/maas profiles
│ Profile │ URL                                 │ Active │
│ admin   │ http://localhost:5240/MAAS/api/2.0/ │ ✓      │
│ other   │ http://localhost:5240/MAAS/api/2.0/ │        │
$ bin/maas switch other
$ bin/maas profiles
│ Profile │ URL                                 │ Active │
│ admin   │ http://localhost:5240/MAAS/api/2.0/ │        │
│ other   │ http://localhost:5240/MAAS/api/2.0/ │ ✓      │

The nodes, machines, devices, and controllers provide access to either all nodes with nodes or specific node types with machines, devices, and controllers.

$ bin/maas nodes
│ Hostname           │ Type          │
│ another            │ Device        │
│ blake-ubnt-desktop │ Regiond+rackd │
│ testing            │ Device        │
│ win2016            │ Machine       │
$ bin/maas machines
│ Hostname │ Power │ Status │ Arch  │ #CPUs │ RAM    │
│ win2016  │ Off   │ Broken │ amd64 │ 4     │ 8.0 GB │
$ bin/maas devices
│ Hostname │ IP addresses  │
│ another  │ │
│ testing  │ │
│          │ │
$ bin/maas controllers
│ Hostname           │ Type          │ Arch  │ #CPUs │ RAM     │
│ blake-ubnt-desktop │ Regiond+rackd │ amd64 │ 8     │ 24.0 GB │

Tab-completion in bash and tcsh is supported too. For example, in bash:

$ source <(bin/register-python-argcomplete --shell=bash bin/maas)
$ bin/maas <tab>
allocate  files  login  nodes  shell  ...

Client library

For a developer the simplest entry points into python-libmaas are the connect and login functions in maas.client. The former connects to a MAAS server using a previously obtained API key, and the latter logs-in to MAAS with your username and password. These returns a Client object that has convenient attributes for working with MAAS.

For example, this prints out all interfaces on all machines:

from maas.client import login
client = login(
    username="my_user", password="my_pass",
tmpl = "{0.hostname} {1.name} {1.mac_address}"
for machine in client.machines.list():
    for interface in machine.interfaces:
        print(tmpl.format(machine, interface))

Learn more about the client.


There’s an interactive shell. If a profile name is given or a default profile has been set — see maas profiles --help — this places a Client instance in the default namespace (as client) that you can use interactively or in a script.

For the best experience install IPython first.

$ bin/maas shell
Welcome to the MAAS shell.
>>> origin.Version.read()
<Version 2.2.0 beta2+bzr5717 [bridging-automatic-ubuntu ...]>
>>> dir(client)
[..., 'account', 'boot_resources', ...]

Scripts can also be run. For example, given the following script.py:

print("Machines:", len(client.machines.list()))
print("Devices:", len(client.devices.list()))
print("Racks:", len(client.rack_controllers.list()))
print("Regions:", len(client.region_controllers.list()))

the following will run it against the default profile:

$ bin/maas shell script.py
Machines: 1
Devices: 0
Racks: 2
Regions: 1


It’s easy to start hacking on python-libmaas:

$ git clone git@github.com:maas/python-libmaas.git
$ cd python-libmaas
$ make develop
$ make test

Installing IPython is generally a good idea too:

$ bin/pip install -UI IPython

Pull requests are welcome but authors need to sign the Canonical contributor license agreement before those PRs can be merged.