GETBULK command

pysnmp.hlapi.v3arch.asyncore.bulkCmd(snmpEngine, authData, transportTarget, contextData, nonRepeaters, maxRepetitions, *varBinds, **options)

Performs SNMP GETBULK query.

Based on passed parameters, prepares SNMP GETBULK packet (RFC 1905#section-4.2.3) and schedules its transmission by I/O framework at a later point of time.

  • snmpEngine (SnmpEngine) – Class instance representing SNMP engine.
  • authData (CommunityData or UsmUserData) – Class instance representing SNMP credentials.
  • transportTarget (UdpTransportTarget or Udp6TransportTarget) – Class instance representing transport type along with SNMP peer address.
  • contextData (ContextData) – Class instance representing SNMP ContextEngineId and ContextName values.
  • nonRepeaters (int) – One MIB variable is requested in response for the first nonRepeaters MIB variables in request.
  • maxRepetitions (int) – maxRepetitions MIB variables are requested in response for each of the remaining MIB variables in the request (e.g. excluding nonRepeaters). Remote SNMP engine may choose lesser value than requested.
  • *varBinds (ObjectType) – One or more class instances representing MIB variables to place into SNMP request.
Other Parameters:


Request options:

  • lookupMib - load MIB and resolve response MIB variables at the cost of slightly reduced performance. Default is True.
  • cbFun (callable) - user-supplied callable that is invoked
    to pass SNMP response data or error to user at a later point of time. Default is None.
  • cbCtx (object) - user-supplied object passing additional
    parameters to/from cbFun. Default is None.


User-supplied cbFun callable must have the following call signature:

  • snmpEngine (SnmpEngine): Class instance representing SNMP engine.

  • sendRequestHandle (int): Unique request identifier. Can be used for matching multiple ongoing requests with received responses.

  • errorIndication (str): True value indicates SNMP engine error.

  • errorStatus (str): True value indicates SNMP PDU error.

  • errorIndex (int): Non-zero value refers to varBinds[errorIndex-1]

  • varBindTable (tuple): A sequence of sequences (e.g. 2-D array) of ObjectType class instances representing a table of MIB variables returned in SNMP response, with up to maxRepetitions rows, i.e. len(varBindTable) <= maxRepetitions.

    For 0 <= i < len(varBindTable) and 0 <= j < len(varBinds), varBindTable[i][j] represents:

    • For non-repeaters (j < nonRepeaters), the first lexicographic successor of varBinds[j], regardless the value of i, or an ObjectType instance with the endOfMibView value if no such successor exists;
    • For repeaters (j >= nonRepeaters), the i-th lexicographic successor of varBinds[j], or an ObjectType instance with the endOfMibView value if no such successor exists.

    See RFC 3416#section-4.2.3 for details on the underlying GetBulkRequest-PDU and the associated GetResponse-PDU, such as specific conditions under which the server may truncate the response, causing varBindTable to have less than maxRepetitions rows.

  • cbCtx : Original user-supplied object.

Returns:sendRequestHandle (int) – Unique request identifier. Can be used for matching received responses with ongoing requests.
Raises:PySnmpError – Or its derivative indicating that an error occurred while performing SNMP operation.


>>> from pysnmp.hlapi.asyncore import *
>>> def cbFun(snmpEngine, sendRequestHandle, errorIndication, errorStatus, errorIndex, varBinds, cbCtx):
...     print(errorIndication, errorStatus, errorIndex, varBinds)
>>> snmpEngine = SnmpEngine()
>>> bulkCmd(snmpEngine,
...         CommunityData('public'),
...         UdpTransportTarget(('', 161)),
...         ContextData(),
...         0, 2,
...         ObjectType(ObjectIdentity('SNMPv2-MIB', 'system')),
...         cbFun=cbFun)
>>> snmpEngine.transportDispatcher.runDispatcher()
(None, 0, 0, [[ObjectType(ObjectIdentity(ObjectName('')), DisplayString('SunOS 4.1.3_U1 1 sun4m'))], [ObjectType(ObjectIdentity(ObjectName('')), ObjectIdentifier(''))]])