Quick start


SNMP Simulator is written in Python and depends on other Python libraries. The easiest way to deploy SNMP Simulator is by downloading it from PyPI:

$ virtualenv venv
$ source venv/bin/activate
$ pip install snmpsim

Run the simulator

Once installed, invoke snmpsimd.py daemon and point it to a directory containing simulation data:

$ snmpsimd.py --data-dir=./data --agent-udpv4-endpoint=

Test the setup

Now you can query simulated agent(s) with Net-SNMP’s command-line tools which are usually shipped along with your operating system:

$ snmpwalk -v2c -c public system
SNMPv2-MIB::sysDescr.0 = STRING: Linux zeus #2 SMP Sun Nov 13 14:58:11 CDT 2016 i686
SNMPv2-MIB::sysObjectID.0 = OID: NET-SNMP-MIB::netSnmpAgentOIDs.10
DISMAN-EVENT-MIB::sysUpTimeInstance = Timeticks: (126714301) 14 days, 15:59:03.01
SNMPv2-MIB::sysContact.0 = STRING: SNMP Laboratories, info@snmplabs.com
SNMPv2-MIB::sysName.0 = STRING: new system name
SNMPv2-MIB::sysLocation.0 = STRING: San Francisco, California, United States
SNMPv2-MIB::sysServices.0 = INTEGER: 72
SNMPv2-MIB::sysORLastChange.0 = Timeticks: (126714455) 14 days, 15:59:04.55

Simulation data for each simulated SNMP agent is stored in simple plain-text file. Each line in represents a single SNMP object in form of pipe-separated fields OID|TYPE|VALUE.

$ cat ./data/public.snmprec|4|Linux SMP Tue Jun 19 14:58:11 CDT 2007 i686|6||67|233425120|4x|00127962f940|64x|c3dafe61

Simulator uses the parameters (such as SNMP community name or SNMPv3 context or IP address) of SNMP query to choose .snmprec file to respond with.

Simulate existing SNMP agent

Besides creating simulation data by hand, you can generate it from some existing SNMP agent. Here we use publicly available SNMP Simulator instance as a donor device:

$ snmprec.py --agent-udpv4-endpoint=demo.snmplabs.com --output-file=./data/public.snmprec
SNMP version 2c, Community name: public
Querying UDP/IPv4 agent at
Agent response timeout: 3.00 secs, retries: 3
Sending initial GETNEXT request for 1.3.6 (stop at <end-of-mib>)....
OIDs dumped: 182, elapsed: 11.97 sec, rate: 7.00 OIDs/sec, errors: 0

Simulate from MIB

Alternatively, you could build simulation data from a MIB file:

$ mib2dev.py --output-file=./data/public.snmprec --mib-module=IF-MIB
# MIB module: IF-MIB, from the beginning till the end
# Starting table IF-MIB::ifTable (
# Synthesizing row #1 of table
# Finished table (10 rows)
# End of IF-MIB, 177 OID(s) dumped

You can even sniff network traffic on the wire recovering SNMP messages there and building simulation data from it.

Besides static files, SNMP simulator can be configured to call its plugin modules for simulation data. We ship plugins to interface SQL and noSQL databases, file-based key-value stores and other sources of information.