Distributing with each ZenPack allows different ZenPacks in the same Zenoss system to use different versions of zenpacklib. This can make things simpler for the ZenPack author as they know which version of zenpacklib will be used. It will be the one that’s shipped with the ZenPack.

This approach does have the drawback of potentially forcing ZenPacks to be updated to include a new version of zenpacklib to support a new version of Zenoss. Care will be taken to make each zenpacklib version compatible with as many versions of Zenoss as possible. Furthermore, care will be taken to make future versions of Zenoss compatible with existing zenpacklib versions within reason.

The following table describes which versions of Zenoss are supported by different versions of zenpacklib.

zenpacklib Version Zenoss Versions
1.0 4.2, 5.0 *

Compatibility only considers <major>.<minor> versions of both zenpacklib and Zenoss. Maintenance or patch releases of each are always considered compatible.

Determining Version

You can check which version of zenpacklib you’re using in two ways. The first is by using the version command line option.

python version

If you have ZenPack code that needs the version it can also be accessed from Python code that has imported zenpacklib module through the module’s __version__ property.

from . import zenpacklib

PyYAML Requirement

zenpacklib requires that PyYAML be installed in the Zenoss system. PyYAML was not a standard part of a Zenoss system until Zenoss 5. To use zenpacklib, or to use a ZenPack built with zenpacklib on a Zenoss 4.2 system you must first make sure that PyYAML is installed.


PyYAML has been added to Zenoss 4.2.5 as of SP457, and Zenoss 4.2.4 as of SP776.

Checking for PyYAML

On your main Zenoss 4.2 server run the following command to check for PyYAML.

su - zenoss -c "python -c 'import yaml;print yaml.version'"

You will see the version of PyYAML if it installed.


You will see the following error if PyYAML is not installed.

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<string>", line 1, in <module>
ImportError: No module named yaml

Installing PyYAML

Run the following command to install PyYAML if it isn’t already installed.

su - zenoss -c "easy_install PyYAML"

It’s normal for the easy_install command to print many errors and warnings even when it successfully installs. Run the first command to verify it’s installed when complete.

If your Zenoss system is distributed to multiple servers for hubs, collectors, or any other reason you will need to update those hubs and collectors after installing PyYAML to make sure it also gets installed on them.