SMBv2 and v3 Client for both Python 2 and 3.

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SMB is a network file sharing protocol and has numerous iterations over the years. This library implements the SMBv2 and SMBv3 protocol based on the MS-SMB2 document.


This is definitely not feature complete as SMB is quite a complex protocol, see backlog for features that would be nice to have in this library.


To use Kerberos authentication, further dependencies are required, to install these dependencies run

# for Debian/Ubuntu/etc:
sudo apt-get install gcc python-dev libkrb5-dev
pip install smbprotocol[kerberos]

# for RHEL/CentOS/etc:
sudo yum install gcc python-devel krb5-devel krb5-workstation python-devel
pip install smbprotocol[kerberos]

Kerberos auth with Windows just requires the pywin32 package to be installed and the Windows host to be joined to that domain. On Linux the python-gssapi library must be installed and smbprotocol requires a particular GSSAPI extension to be available to work. This extension should be installed on the majority of MIT or Heimdal Kerberos installs but it isn't guaranteed. To verify that Kerberos is available on Linux you can run the following check in a Python console:

    from gssapi.raw import inquire_sec_context_by_oid
    print("python-gssapi extension is available")
except ImportError as exc:
    print("python-gssapi extension is not available: %s" % str(exc))

If it isn't available, then either a newer version of the system's gssapi implementation needs to be setup and python-gssapi compiled against that newer version.


To install smbprotocol, simply run

pip install smbprotocol

# To install with Kerberos support
pip install smbprotocol[kerberos]

This will download the required packages that are used in this package and get your Python environment ready to go.

Additional Info

One of the first steps as part of the SMB protocol is to negotiate the dialect used and other features that are available. Currently smbprotocol supports the following dialects;

Each dialect adds in more features to the protocol where some are minor but some are major. One major changes is in Dialect 3.x where it added message encryption. Message encryption is set to True by default and needs to be overridden when creating a Session object for the older dialects.

By default, the negotiation process will use the latest dialect that is supported by the server but this can be overridden if required. When this is done by the following code

import uuid

from smbprotocol.connection import Connection, Dialects

connection = Connection(uuid.uuid4(), "server", 445)

While you shouldn't want to downgrade to an earlier version, this does allow you to set a minimum dialect version if required.


There are 2 different APIs you can use with this library.0

The examples folder contains some examples of both the high and low level interface but for everyday user's it is recommended to use smbclient as it is a lot simpler.

smbclient Interface

The higher level interface smbclient is designed to make this library easier for people to use for simple and common use cases. It is designed to replicate the builtin os and os.path filesystem functions like, os.stat(), and os.path.exists().

A connection made by smbclient is kept in a pool and re-used for future requests to the same server until the Python process exists. This makes authentication simple and only required for the first call to the server.

You can specify the credentials and other connection parameters on each smbclient function or register a server with credentials with the following kwargs:

If using Kerberos authentication and a Kerberos ticket has already set by kinit then smbclient will automatically use those credentials without having to be explicitly set. If no ticket has been retrieved or you wish to use different credentials then only the first request for the server in question requires the username and password kwargs.

For example I only need to set the credentials on the first request to create the directory and not for the subsequent file creation in that dir.

import smbclient

# Optional - register the credentials with a server
smbclient.register_session("server", username="user", password="pass")

smbclient.mkdir(r"\\server\share\directory", username="user", password="pass")

with smbclient.open_file(r"\\server\share\directory\file.txt", mode="w") as fd:
    fd.write(u"file contents")

If you wish to reset the cache you can either start a new Python process or call smbclient.reset_connection_cache() to close all the connections that have been cached by the client.


This library makes use of the builtin Python logging facilities. Log messages are logged to the smbprotocol named logger as well as smbprotocol.* where * is each python script in the smbprotocol directory.

These logs are really useful when debugging issues as they give you a more step by step snapshot of what it is doing and what may be going wrong. The debug side will also print out a human readable string of each SMB packet that is sent out from the client so it can get very verbose.


To this module, you need to install some pre-requisites first. This can be done by running;

pip install -r requirements-test.txt

# you can also run tox by installing tox
pip install tox

From there to run the basic tests run;

py.test -v --pep8 --cov smbprotocol --cov-report term-missing

# or with tox 2.7, 2.7, 3.4, 3.5, and 3.6

There are extra tests that only run when certain environment variables are set. To run these tests set the following variables;

From here running tox or py.test with these environment variables set will activate the integration tests.

To set up a Windows host that will work with these tests run the following in PowerShell;

New-Item -Path C:\share -ItemType Directory > $null
New-Item -Path C:\share-encrypted -ItemType Directory > $null
New-SmbShare -Name $env:SMB_SHARE -Path C:\share -EncryptData $false -FullAccess Everyone > $null
New-SmbShare -Name "$($env:SMB_SHARE)-encrypted" -Path C:\share-encrypted -EncryptData $true -FullAccess Everyone > $null

This requires either Windows 10 or Server 2016 as they support Dialect 3.1.1 which is required by the tests.

If you don't have access to a Windows host, you can use Docker to setup a Samba container and use that as part of the tests. To do so run the following bash commands;

export SMB_USER=smbuser
export SMB_PASSWORD=smbpassword
export SMB_PORT=445
export SMB_SERVER=
export SMB_SHARE=share

docker run -d -p $SMB_PORT:445 -v $(pwd)/build-scripts:/app -w /app -e SMB_USER=$SMB_USER -e SMB_PASSWORD=$SMB_PASSWORD -e SMB_SHARE=$SMB_SHARE centos:7 /bin/bash /app/;


Here is a list of features that I would like to incorporate, PRs are welcome if you want to implement them yourself;