Packages and CLI tools for interacting with hosted Skillets.

pip install skilletcli==3.0.2




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This utility provides a command line interface to Palo Alto "skillets", curated configuration templates designed to be imported into firewalls or Panorama.



To use skilletcli, a Git client must be installed.

Binaries for windows/OSX can be found here

Linux users can use their preferred package manager.

Getting the code


Download the latest release from the releases page.


command -v git ; if [[ $? != 0 ]] ; then echo "Git not installed." ; else curl -L -o skilletcli ; chmod +x skilletcli ; fi

Note for mac users: Skilletcli is built on macOS 10.14. Newer/older builds may not be compatible and in that case, you need to run from source.


command -v git ; if [[ $? != 0 ]] ; then echo "Git not installed." ; else curl -L -o skilletcli ; chmod +x skilletcli ; fi

Preparing the environment

SkilletCLI requires a variable file to be populated before use.

This file is used to template various snippets with environment specific information. By default, this file is named config_variables.yaml, and it is retrieved from the current directory (./config_variables.yml)

click here to see a complete example, populated with default values

If this file is not specified or is missing/unavailable, defaults will be used.


Overview of skillet layout

SkilletCLI returns a structure like the below:

Skillet Collection/Skillets/Snippet stacks/Snippet

A skillet collection is a group of skillets associated with a type, such as PANOS or PANORAMA. A snippet stack is a collection of snippets that have a specific use case.

By default, SkilletCLI will use the device type of the target firewall to determine which skillet type to use, and "snippets" for the snippet stack to use.

Basic usage

list all available snippets, skillets, and skillet collections


This command lists all the available snippets.

push a snippet to a device

skilletcli address

This will push a single snippet "address" to the device, prompting for all login settings.

push multiple snippets

skilletcli address tag external_list

Same as the above except push multiple snippets in the one command. As many snippets as is required can be pushed like this.

Key storage

APIkeys can be stored locally to avoid the use of environment variables for command line flags.

The keystore can be enabled by passing the flag --enable_keystore when running any skcli command. If authentication is sucessful, the generated API key will be stored in $HOME/.skcli.json.

After the keystore has been enabled once, the flag does not need to be re-specified on subsequent runs.

# Enable the keystore
skilletcli --enable_keystore <args>
# Clear the keystore 
skilletcli --clear_keystore

Environment variables

SkilletCLI allows you to use environment variables instead of an interactive prompt.

The variables are:


Experimental: HTTP-based skillet retrieval

Skillets will eventually be hosted centrally, via a publicly accessible API. If you retrieve skillets this way, you do not need a Git client.

At the moment, this functionality is still in dev, so use at your own risk.

To leverage this functionality add the flags --repotype and --repopath, as below.

skilletcli --repotype api --repopath

Developing SkilletCLI

Contributing to SkilletCLI requires Python 3.6+ installed on your machine.

After it is installed, it's recommended to create a virtual environment so the code is standalone.

python3 -m venv venv
# Windows
# *nix
source venv/scripts/activate

Clone the code and install the module requirements.

git clone
cd skilletcli
pip install -r requirements.txt

You are now ready to make your changes!


Testing of skilletcli is broken up into two logical processes

  1. Unit testing, or the testing of standalone functions
  2. Integration testing, or the testing of functions against real PANOS devices

All testing is initatiated using pytest.


By default, only unit tests will be run. To run integration testing, you must specify the standard SKCLI environment variables (address, username, password) of the device to test against as well as an additional env var: SKCLI_DEVICE_TEST. After setting up the environment, simply run pytest as normal.

Pytest is run automatically as part of CI using TravisCI whenever changes are detected to Master. CI only runs unit tests.

Test Coverage

After updating skcli, you can rerun the coverage tests and update the little icon using the below.

coverage run --omit ./venv* -m pytest
coverage-badge -o .github/cov.svg


Binary packaging is done using pyinstaller, managed by Travis. Packaging occurs on the publish of a release (tag) on the master branch.

Pypi distribution is also handled via Travis on each tagged release.

Manual pypi packaging:

pip install setuptools wheel
pip install twine
python bdist bdist_wheel
twine upload --repository-url dist/*