This library provides a generic interface for multiple file storages:


pip install

This installs the package systran-storages and command line utility systran-storages-cli allowing to easily test the connections to the different services.


For each service, the library provides the following functions:

  • get_file(remote_path, local_path): download a remote file to a local file. If the file is already present (based on checksum and/or date and/or file size), the local file is not modified.
  • get_directory(remote_path, local_path): recursively download all the files from a given directory.
  • stream(remote_path, buffer_size=1024): stream the content of the file through a generator function in buffer_size packets. If the service does not support streaming, file is first downloaded locally to a temporary directory then streamed.
  • push(local_path, remote_path): push a local file to a remote location
  • mkdir(local_path, remote_path): create a remote directory
  • listdir(remote_path, recursive=False): list of the files and directory at the remote_path location. Returns dictionary where keys are the file/directory name and values are stat of files/directories.
  • delete(remote_path, recursive=False): delete a file or a directory
  • rename(remote_path, new_remote_path): rename a remote_file
  • stat(remote_path): statistic on file or directory - returns {'is_dir': True} for directory, and {'size': SIZE, 'last_modified': TIMESTAMP} for files
  • exists(remote_path): check if a remote file or directory exists


Configuration of the services is done with a JSON dictionary: {"key1": DEF1, "key2": DEF2, ..., "keyN": DEFN}, where key1...keyN are the identifiers of each storage, and DEF1...DEFN their configuration.

Configurations DEFI are JSON dictionary with following fields:

	"description": "description of the storage (optional)",
	"type": "local|ssh|s3|swift|http",

The dictionary is passed to the StorageClient constructor:

from systran_storages import StorageClient

client = StorageClient(services)

systran_storages/bin/ gives a comprehensive usage example.


The different services are method of the client object where remote_path is a string in the format storage:path:

  • storage is the identifier of the storage as defined in the configuration dictionary
  • path is a path relative to the storage referenced by storage

Paths use / delimiter. Path starts with / and no relative path accessor like ., .. are supported. For the storages with actual directory structure (S3, Swift, ...), a hierarchical file organization is simulated.



Type of the service is local.

Storage options:

  • (optional, default '/') basedir: defines the base directory where files are stored.


Type of the service is ssh.

Storage options:

  • (required) server: name of IP of the remote server
  • (option, default 22) port: name of the port to connect to
  • (required) user: login to connect with on the server
  • (optional) password: user password, preferably use pkey
  • (optional) pkey: private key used to connect on the service. The value does not include header (-----BEGIN RSA PRIVATE KEY-----) and tail (-----END RSA PRIVATE KEY-----)
  • (optional, default user home) basedir: defines the base directory where files are stored.


Type of the service is s3.

Storage options:


Type of the service is swift.

Storage options:


Type of the service is http.

Storage options:

  • (required) pattern_get
  • (required) pattern_push
  • (required) pattern_list

Note HTTP storages do not define all the possible functions:

  • rename is not defined
  • exists and listdir are defined only if pattern_list option is defined.

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