What’s Included

When you install softlayer-python you you will get the following:

  • a python package called ‘SoftLayer’ (casing is important) available in your python path.
  • a command-line client placed in your system path named ‘slcli’.

Using Pip

Install via pip:

$ pip install softlayer


For Debian “jessie” (currently testing) and Ubuntu 14.04, official system packages are available. These are typically a couple versions behind so it is recommended to install from pypi if problems are encountered.

$ sudo apt-get install python-softlayer

From Source

The project is developed on GitHub, at

Install from source via pip (requires git):

$ pip install git+git://

You can clone the public repository:

$ git clone

Or, Download the tarball:

$ curl -OL

Or, download the zipball:

$ curl -OL

Once you have a copy of the source you can install it with one of the following commands:

$ python install


$ pip install .

For more information about working with the source, or contributing to the project, please see the Contribution Guide.