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netconf
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2.0.1 • Public • Published

node-netconf

Pure JavaScript NETCONF library for Node.js

This module was created to abstract the events and streams away from handling a NETCONF session in Node.js. Event management, message IDs and associating requests with replies is taken care of by the module and exposes core functions via requests and callbacks.

The core parts of the code focus on the transport and messaging layers. The operation layer is implemented as wrapper functions and can be easily expanded.

Multiple endpoints are supported and multiple asynchronous non-blocking requests can be made to each client.

Developed/tested against Juniper devices.

Example

 
const router = new netconf.Client({
    host: '172.28.128.3',
    username: 'vagrant',
    pkey: fs.readFileSync('insecure_ssh.key', { encoding: 'utf8' })
})
 
router.open((err) => {
    if (err) {
        throw err;
    }
 
    router.rpc('get-arp-table-information', (err, reply) => {
        router.close()
        if (err) {
            throw err;
        }
 
        console.log(JSON.stringify(reply))
    })
})

Checkout examples on github for more usage examples.

Usage

Connecting to endpoint

Create a new Client object by passing in the connection parameters via a JavaScript object. Both password and private key authentication methods are supported.

The NETCONF session can then be opened using the .open() method.

Function
router.open(callback);
Callback
function (err) {...}

The callback function will be called once the SSH and NETCONF session has connected and hello and capability messages have been exchanged. The only argument passed to the callback function is an error instance.

const router = new netconf.Client({
    host: '172.28.128.4',
    username: 'vagrant',
    password: null,
    pkey: privateKey
})
 
router.open((err) => {
    if (err) {
        throw err
    }
    console.log('Connected')
})

Sending requests

Requests are sent using the .rpc() method.

Simple Requests
Function
router.rpc('request', callback);
Callback
function (err, reply) {...}

For simple requests where only a NETCONF method is required with no arguments, then the method can be passed as a string. The string will be used to create the xml2js object dynamically.

A message-id is automatically added to the request and the callback function will be invoked once the corresponding reply has been received.

Advanced Usage
Function
router.rpc({ request: { arg1: 'value', arg2: 'value' } }, callback);

For advanced usage where arguments are required to the NETCONF method then an object can be passed directly to the xml2js builder. The message-id will be automatically added.

Examples of advanced usage can be found in the test suite, the examples and main library.

JunOS Examples
Juniper make it very simple to find the XML-RPC equivalent of it's CLI commands.

For example, the method used to gather chassis info can be found as such:

user@router> show chassis hardware | display xml rpc
<rpc-reply xmlns:junos="http://xml.juniper.net/junos/11.4R7/junos">
    <rpc>
        <get-chassis-inventory>
        </get-chassis-inventory>
    </rpc>
    <cli>
        <banner></banner>
    </cli>
</rpc-reply>

This can be used to retrieve this information using NETCONF.

router.rpc('get-chassis-inventory', (err, reply) => {
    ...
})

And for gathering interface information:

user@router> show interfaces ge-1/0/1 | display xml rpc
<rpc-reply xmlns:junos="http://xml.juniper.net/junos/11.4R7/junos">
    <rpc>
        <get-interface-information>
                <interface-name>ge-1/0/1</interface-name>
        </get-interface-information>
    </rpc>
    <cli>
        <banner></banner>
    </cli>
</rpc-reply>
router.rpc({ 'get-interface-information': { 'interface-name': 'ge-1/0/1' } }, (err, reply) => {
        ...
    }
)

Closing the session

The session can be gracefully closed using the .close() method.

Function
router.close([callback]);
Callback
function (err) {...}

Options

XML Parsing
xml2js parsing options can be viewed/modified via .parseOpts in the client object. The default options (I believe) should cover most use cases.
See xml2js documentation for different parsing options. https://www.npmjs.com/package/xml2js

Raw XML
The raw response from the server can be included by setting .raw = true in the client object.
The raw XML will be embedded in the reply message under reply.raw.

Utility functions

Utility functions for common JunOS operations have been added to make working with these devices easier. I'm happy to take pull requests for any added utility functions.

Currently implemented are: commit, rollback, compare, load and facts.

Commit
Commit candidate configuration to device.

Function
router.commit(callback);
Callback
function (err, reply) {...}

Rollback
Discard candidate configuration on device.

Function
router.rollback(callback);
Callback
function (err, reply) {...}

Compare
Show difference between running and candidate-config. Equivalent to "show | compare".

Function
router.compare(callback);
Callback
function (err, diff) {...}

Load
Load configuration data into candidate-config using NETCONF. Default options are equivalent to "load merge" and would expect configuration data in JunOS curly-brace format.

Function
router.load(configData, callback);
Callback
function (err, reply) {...}

The default load options can be overridden by supplying an options object in the format:

options = {
    config: configData, //required
    action: 'merge'|'replace'|'override'|'update'|'set', //default merge
    format: 'text'|'xml' //default text
}

and called as such:

Function
router.load(options, callback)

Facts
The facts method collects some useful information from several RPC calls and presents the results back as a JavaScript object.

The following is collected: hostname, uptime, model, serial number and software version.

Function
router.facts(callback) {...}
Callback
function (err, facts)

Install

npm i netconf

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2.0.1

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