Translating pysnmp oids to human readable strings

Shantanu Joshi weemadarthur at
Fri Mar 6 06:56:48 CET 2009

You need to parse the MIB file to get the human-readable names
corresponding to the OIDs. The pysnmp library already provides this
functionality. I haven't used this feature myself (I mainly use pysnmp
to automate SNMP walk requests, like the one in your code), but the
documentation at found the below example at

>>> from pysnmp.smi import builder, view
>>> mibBuilder = builder.MibBuilder().loadModules('SNMPv2-MIB')
>>> mibViewController = view.MibViewController(mibBuilder)
>>> oid,label,suffix = mibViewController.getNodeName((1,3,6,1,2,'mib-2',1,'sysDescr'))
>>> print oid
(1, 3, 6, 1, 2, 1, 1, 1)
>>> print label
('iso', 'org', 'dod', 'internet', 'mgmt', 'mib-2', 'system', 'sysDescr')
>>> print suffix

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