Paramiko SSH client minimal example: How to connect to SSH server and execute command

This example shows how to use paramiko to connect to user@ using the SSH key stored in ~/.ssh/id_ed25519, execute the command ls and print its output. Since paramiko is a pure Python implementation of SSH, this does not require SSH clients to be installed.

import os.path
import paramiko

ssh = paramiko.SSHClient()
ssh.connect("", username="user",
            key_filename=os.path.join(os.path.expanduser('~'), ".ssh", "id_ed25519"))

# Example command:
stdin, stdout, stderr = ssh.exec_command("ls")
output =

# Cleanup