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Using Paramiko module in Python to execute Remote Bash Commands


Paramiko is a python implementation of the sshv2 protocol.


Paramiko to execute Remote Commands:

We will use paramiko module in python to execute a command on our remote server.

Client side will be referenced as (side-a) and Server side will be referenced as (side-b)

Getting the Dependencies:

Install Paramiko via pip on side-a:

$ pip install paramiko --user

Using Paramiko in our Code:

Our Python Code:

import paramiko

ssh = paramiko.SSHClient()
ssh.connect(hostname='', username='ubuntu', key_filename='/home/ubuntu/.ssh/mykey.pem')

stdin, stdout, stderr = ssh.exec_command('lsb_release -a')

for line in


Execute our Command Remotely:

Now we will attempt to establish the ssh connection from side-a, then run lsb_release -a on our remote server, side-b:

$ python

Distributor ID:	Ubuntu
Description:	Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS
Release:	16.04
Codename:	xenial

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