Freebox thin client
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Freebox client library


  • Full API coverage
  • Https and Mdns discovery
  • Thin client wrapper library (<200 lines)
  • Small script to perform most tasks

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Library usage

The library is available to create your own scripts. The REST API is generated at runtime with the creation of class attributes for all Freebox subsystems.

>>> from pyfbx import Fbx
>>> f=Fbx()             # By default, this will perform MDNS discovery
>>> f=Fbx(nomdns=True)  # Use faster http api discovery
>>> f.<TAB>
f.Airmedia         f.Download_Config  f.Lan              f.Rrd              f.Upnpav
f.Call             f.Download_Feeds   f.Lcd              f.Share            f.Vpn
f.Connection       f.Freeplug         f.Nat              f.Storage          f.Vpn_Client
f.Contacts         f.Fs               f.Network_Share    f.Switch           f.Wifi
f.Dhcp             f.Ftp              f.Parental         f.System           f.mksession(
f.Download         f.Igd              f.Pvr              f.Upload           f.register(
>>> f.Freeplug.<TAB>

# Register application to get app token. Physical access is required.
>>> token = f.register("AppId", "My App", "PC")
# Generate session token
>>> f.mksession(app_id="AppId", token=token)

>>> help(f.Lan.Update_the_current_Lan_configuration)
Help on method Update_the_current_Lan_configuration:

Update_the_current_Lan_configuration(post_data) method of pyfbx.client.Lan instance
    Update the current Lan configuration

    Url parameters:
    Post data:PostData

>>> help(f.Contacts.Access_a_given_contact_entry)
Help on method Access_a_given_contact_entry:

Access_a_given_contact_entry(id) method of pyfbx.client.Contacts instance
    Access a given contact entry

    Url parameters: id
    Post data:

>>> f.Lan.Get_the_current_Lan_configuration()
{'name_dns': 'freebox-server', 'name': 'Freebox Server', 'name_mdns': 'Freebox-Server', 
'mode': 'router', 'name_netbios': 'Freebox_Server', 'ip': ''}

# Any subsequent call to mksession will refresh the session token
>>> f.mksession()


The included script can perform a lot of tasks.


$ pyfbx -h
usage: pyfbx [-h] [-a APP_ID] [-t TOKEN] [-v] [-n] [-j] [-d DELAY] [-u URL]
             [-s SEND] [-c COMMAND]

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -a APP_ID, --app_id APP_ID
                        application identifier
  -t TOKEN, --token TOKEN
                        token (or f:<filename>)
  -v, --verbose         increase verbosity to INFO, use twice for DEBUG
  -n, --http            disable MDNS and use http known address
  -j, --json            json output
  -d DELAY, --delay DELAY
                        cylically send command (number of seconds)
  -u URL, --url URL     specific url to query
  -s SEND, --send SEND  url to send json to
  -c COMMAND, --command COMMAND
                        command, defaults to

First, register the application:

$ pyfbx -a SuperAppId

Once registration is done on the device, write down the application token. You can also create a file with token as first line and application Id as second.

Using this app token, acquire a session token to execute a test command.

$ pyfbx -t '<TOKEN>' -a SuperAppId

$ cat token.txt

$ pyfbx -t f:token.txt -c 'Connection.Get_the_current_Connection_status()'
{   'bandwidth_down': 1000000000,
    'state': 'up',
    'type': 'ethernet'}

Note : Don't forget to escape token and command with quotes.


You can run any commands on the freebox and retrieve complete result or single value

$ pyfbx -t f:/home/foo/token.txt SuperAppId -c 'Contacts.Create_a_contact(\
post_data={"display_name": "Sandy Kilo", "first_name": "Sandy", "last_name":"Kilo"})'
{   'birthday': '',
    'photo_url': ''}

$ pyfbx -u -c "Connection.Get_the_current_Connection_status()['rate_up']" -t f:token.txt

With the delay option, commands can be sent cyclically:

$ pyfbx -d 1 -c "Connection.Get_the_current_Connection_status()['rate_up']" -t f:token.txt

With the send option, result can be sent to a remote URL. In the following, the result is sent cyclically to in json format.

pyfbx -j -s -d 10 -c "Connection.Get_the_current_Connection_status()" -t f:token.txt

It's possible to execute several commands. Here, two commands are sent cyclically and results sent to an URL.

pyfbx -c 'System.Get_the_current_system_info()' -c 'Connection.Get_the_current_Connection_status()' -d 10 -j -s http://localhost:8182/telegraf -t f:token.txt

Telegraf http listener v2 input plugin with json format can be used to plot data in realtime.

Telegraf and Graphana plots

You can use a telegraph configuration in /etc/telegraf/telegraf.d/freebox:

    service_address = ":8182"
    path = "/telegraf"
    methods = ["POST"]
    read_timeout = "10s"
    write_timeout = "10s"
    max_body_size = "5KB"
    data_format = "json"
    name_override = "pyfbx"




You can run tests with

pip3 install -r requirements-dev.txt
pytest tests

The library mechanisms are tested. To get 100% coverage, a Freebox on its default IP ( is required.

The API description is generated and thus not functionnaly tested.