Building Apps: Quick Start
The following steps are written for development on a macOS® or Linux® system. Development on a Windows® system is supported and should follow similar steps. Before proceeding, Python® must be installed, and if preferred, a Python virtual environment should be configured. For local testing a Redis® server also must be installed and running. The steps needed to install Python, Redis, and a virtual environment are outside the scope of this document.
This guide walks through the steps necessary to create and initialize a fully functioning App. Adding custom code or logic is not covered in this guide.
This quick start guide covers building an App with TcEx 2.x. A quick start guide for building an App with TcEx 3.x is available at https://threatconnect.readme.io/docs/building-apps-quickstart.
This guide assumes that the workstation and ThreatConnect instance have the same version of Python installed. Writing Apps that supports multiple versions of Python is supported but not covered in this guide.
Initializing an App
pip install tcex
tcinit --action create --template playbook_utility
The prefix of TCPB_-_ (ThreatConnect Playbook) is optional. However, it is a helpful naming convention to distinguish Playbook Apps from other types of Apps.
After running the
tcinit command, the App directory and file structure will be autogenerated. The playbook_utility template is a working App so there is no need to change any of the files.
When ready to create custom App logic, the
run() method of app.py file is updated with appropriate changes. And changes to App inputs/args are made to the install.json and args.py file. The
param.name field of the install.json file must match the name of the args (arguments) the App is expecting (e.g., “api_key” name in install.json would pass the “self.args.api_key” arg to the App).
Building the “lib” Directory
At a minimum, all Apps require the
tcex Python package. If other Python packages are required, the package name should be added to the requirements.txt file in the project directory. For this guide, no additional packages are required.
After running the
tclib command, a “lib_<Python version>” (e.g., lib_3.6.7) directory will be in the project directory. This directory will contain all Python packages defined in requirements.txt and any sub-dependencies.
This version of the “lib” directory should closely match the version of Python on the ThreatConnect server. Differences in micro-versions (e.g., Python version 3.6.5 vs. lib_3.6.7) are usually acceptable.
- App dependencies
Documentation for building App dependencies.
Packaging an App
tcpackage command will package all relevant files in the project directory into a “.tcx” file that can be uploaded to the ThreatConnect platform. By default, the package will be created in the target directory of the project directory.
tclib command must be successfully run before packaging an App. Otherwise the App will be missing any dependencies and may not function properly.
- App Packaging
Documentation for packaging of an App
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