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Fabric is a pypi library with a maintainer paid by Tidelift

The maintainers of Fabric get paid by Tidelift to implement industry-leading secure software development practices and document the practices they follow.



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Thanks to maintainers working on projects like Fabric, you can use Tidelift to give your teams access to a continuously curated stream of validated data about vetted components they need to make intelligent decisions, faster.

You can feel confident bringing Fabric into your application’s dependency tree because the maintainers of Fabric are paid by Tidelift to ensure their open source projects follow standardized secure software development practices.

Fabric is a part of the Tidelift Subscription

Fabric is a high level Python (2.7, 3.4+) library designed to execute shell commands remotely over SSH, yielding useful Python objects in return.

It builds on top of Invoke (subprocess command execution and command-line features) and Paramiko (SSH protocol implementation), extending their APIs to complement one another and provide additional functionality.

Core use cases for Fabric include (but are not limited to):

  • Single commands on individual hosts
  • Single commands across multiple hosts (via varying methodologies: serial, parallel, etc).
  • Python code blocks (functions/methods) targeted at individual connections.

Fabric is available via the PyPI package manager.

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"I believe Tidelift's model has a lot of promise. I signed up because I want to help them prove the system works and to give feedback from the perspective of a multi-package maintainer."

Jeff Forcier, Fabric maintainer

Proactively reduce your organization’s reliance on bad packages

Tidelift takes a unique, data driven approach to addressing the issue of bad packages. Tidelift partners with the maintainers of thousands of the most-relied-upon open source packages and pays them to implement industry-leading secure software development practices and document the practices they follow. The result is a unique source of cross-ecosystem package intelligence that customers use to identify and eliminate bad packages.

Tidelift’s package intelligence can be easily integrated into your preferred workflows using our flexible APIs or by adopting our web UI and CLI capabilities.

The Tidelift maintainer advantage

Tidelift is the only company that partners with open source maintainers and pays them to: 
Implement industry-leading secure software development practices and validate the practices they follow so organizations can have the same confidence in the security of their open source that they have in their own code.
Contractually commit to continue these practices into the future so that organizations can confidently make long term investments in the packages they use.
jackson-databind

jackson-databind

Maintainer Tatu Saloranta used income from Tidelift and its customers to completely rearchitect jackson-databind and eliminate the risk of RCE vulnerabilities.
minimist

minimist

Maintainer Jordan Harband saved minimist from deletion when its maintainer decided to delete their projects from GitHub.
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urllib3

Maintainer Seth Michael Larson was able to substantially improve urllib3 security practices thanks to income from Tidelift and its customers.
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SockJS

When SockJS maintainer Bryce Kahle took a new job that didn’t involve JavaScript, Asif Saif Uddin stepped in as maintainer, ensuring the project wasn’t abandoned.
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Pillow

Maintainer Jeffrey A. Clark used income from Tidelift and its customers to significantly improve security practices used to maintain Pillow, a popular Python Image Library package downloaded 3 million times a day.

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