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Sharing Data between Services

Transfer of Data between Services

Using the Result of a Previous Service: get_result()

During a service's execution, the user can have access to the results of all services in the workflow that have already been executed with a special function called get_result(). The result of a service is the dictionary that is returned by the job() function of the service, and calling get_result() will return that dictionary. There are two types of results: top-level and per-device. If a service runs on 5 devices, 6 results will be created: one for each device and one top-level result for the service itself. The top-level results contains the parameters that the service used during execution.


  • get_result("get_facts"): Get the top-level result for the service get_facts.
  • get_result("get_interfaces", device="Austin"): Get the result of the device Austin for the get_interfaces service.
  • get_result("get_interfaces", Get the result of the current device for the get_interfaces service.
  • get_result("Payload editor")["runtime"]: Get the runtime key of the top-level result of the Payload editor service.

The get_result() function works everywhere that python code is accepted.

Saving and Retrieving Values in a Workflow: get_var(),set_var()

The user can define variables in the payload with the set_var() function, and retrieve those variables' data from the payload with the get_var() function using the first positional argument (the variable name) and the same optional arguments defined in set_var. If neither of the optional arguments are used, the variable is global.

  • The first argument for set_var is positional and names the variable being set.
  • The second argument for set_var is positional and assigns the value for the variable.
  • An optional argument for set_var uses keyword "device", which can scope the variable to the device the service is using when the variable is set.
  • An optional argument for set_var uses keyword "section", which can scope the variable to a user provided custom scope.


set_var("global_variable", value=1050)
set_var("variable", "variable_in_variables", section="variables")
get_var("variable", section="variables")
set_var("variable1", 999,
set_var("variable2", "1000",, section="variables")
get_var("variable2",, section="variables")
set_var("iteration_simple", "", section="pools")
get_var("iteration_simple", section="pools")
set_var("iteration_device", devices, section="pools",
get_var("iteration_device", section="pools",

The user can retrieve the list of links to and from the target device as well as the neighboring devices at the ends of those links with the device.get_neighbors() function. The function requires a mandatory parameter device or link and optional parameters for the direction=source or direction=destination as well as any of the parameters of the Link object.


  • device.get_neighbors("device").
  • device.get_neighbors("link").
  • device.get_neighbors("device", direction="source")).
  • device.get_neighbors("link", direction="source")).
  • device.get_neighbors("device", direction="destination")).
  • device.get_neighbors("link", direction="destination")).
  • device.get_neighbors("device", model="10G")).
  • device.get_neighbors("link", model="400G")).
  • device.get_neighbors("device", direction="source", model="40G")).
  • device.get_neighbors("link", direction="destination", model="10G")).

The device.get_neighbors() function works everywhere that the target device is defined and is dependent on the run method selected (see Run Method above and in the Services section).

Retrieve a Credential from the Vault: get_credential()

A user with Admin level access can call the get_credential() function within a service to retrieve a credential object from the Vault. It returns a dictionary with clear-text username and password.

Example: get_credential(name="credential_name")

A use case would be to use "Unix Command" service to invoke a command that requires the credential. Logging should be deactivated for such a service as the clear-text credentials would otherwise appear in the logs. A "Python Snippet" service could accomplish the same task by using subprocess to run the command on the server.


Make sure not to store the output of get_credential() in the result or in the payload (using one of the previously mentioned functions); otherwise, those values will be stored in the database. They can be stored in the payload temporarily as long as it is removed at the end of the workflow.