The official balena CLI tool.
The balena CLI (Command-Line Interface) allows you to interact with the balenaCloud and the balena API through a terminal window on Linux, macOS or Windows. You can also write shell scripts around it, or import its Node.js modules to use it programmatically. As an open-source project on GitHub, your contribution is also welcome!
Choosing a shell (command prompt/terminal)
On Windows, the standard Command Prompt (
are supported. We are aware of users also having a good experience with alternative shells,
- Microsoft's Windows Subsystem for Linux (a.k.a. Microsoft's "bash for Windows 10")
- Git for Windows
- MSYS and MSYS2 (install the
On macOS and Linux, the standard terminal window is supported. Optionally,
auto completion may be enabled by copying the
file to your system's
bash_completion directory: check Docker's command completion
guide for system setup instructions.
Several CLI commands require access to your balenaCloud account, for example in order to push a new release to your application. Those commands require creating a CLI login session by running:
$ balena login
HTTP(S) proxies can be configured through any of the following methods, in order of preference:
- Set the
BALENARC_PROXYenvironment variable in URL format (with protocol, host, port, and optionally basic auth).
- Alternatively, use the balena config file
(project-specific or user-level) and set the
proxysetting. It can be:
- A string in URL format, or
- An object in the global-tunnel-ng options format (which allows more control).
- Alternatively, set the conventional
HTTP_PROXYenvironment variable (in the same standard URL format).
To get a proxy to work with the
balena ssh command, check the
Command reference documentation
The full CLI command reference is available on the web or by running
balena help and
balena help --verbose.
Support, FAQ and troubleshooting
If you come across any problems or would like to get in touch:
- Check our FAQ / troubleshooting document.
- Ask us a question through the balenaCloud forum.
- For bug reports or feature requests, have a look at the GitHub issues or create a new one.
Contributing (including editing documentation files)
Please have a look at the CONTRIBUTING.md file for some guidance before submitting a pull request or updating documentation (because some files are automatically generated). Thank you for your help and interest!
The project is licensed under the Apache 2.0 License. A copy is also available in the LICENSE file in this repository.