Welcome to Paramiko’s documentation!¶
This site covers Paramiko’s usage & API documentation. For basic info on what Paramiko is, including its public changelog & how the project is maintained, please see the main project website.
The high-level client API starts with creation of an
SSHClient object. For
more direct control, pass a socket (or socket-like object) to a
start_client to negotiate with the remote host as either a server
As a client, you are responsible for authenticating using a password or private key, and checking the server’s host key. (Key signature and verification is done by paramiko, but you will need to provide private keys and check that the content of a public key matches what you expected to see.)
As a server, you are responsible for deciding which users, passwords, and keys to allow, and what kind of channels to allow.
Once you have finished, either side may request flow-controlled
channels to the other side, which are Python objects that act like sockets,
but send and receive data over the encrypted session.
For details, please see the following tables of contents (which are organized by area of interest.)