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Cloudsmith Command Line Interface (CLI)

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The Cloudsmith Command Line Interface (CLI) is a Python 3 text-based interface to the API. This allows users, machines and other services to access and integrate smoothly with Cloudsmith without requiring explicit plugins or tools. Be awesome. Automate Everything.

The following asciinema video demonstrates some of the CLI commands: asciicast

We also have a demo video on YouTube:

You can also read our blog article that introduced the first version of the CLI and the Cloudsmith RESTful API.


Please see the changelog for the list of changes by version. The current version is displayed in the PyPi badge at the top.


The CLI currently supports the following commands (and sub-commands):

  • check: Check rate limits and service status.
  • copy|cp: Copy a package to another repository.
  • delete|rm: Delete a package from a repository.
  • dependencies|deps: List direct (non-transitive) dependencies for a package.
  • docs: Launch the help website in your browser.
  • entitlements|ents: Manage the entitlements for a repository.
    • create|new: Create a new entitlement in a repository.
    • delete|rm: Delete an entitlement from a repository.
    • list|ls: List entitlements for a repository.
    • refresh: Refresh an entitlement in a repository.
    • sync: Sync entitlements from another repository.
    • update|set: Update (patch) a entitlement in a repository.
  • help: Display the delightful help message and exit.
  • list|ls: List distros, packages, repos and entitlements.
    • dependencies|deps List direct (non-transitive) dependencies for a package.
    • distros: List available distributions.
    • entitlements|ents: List entitlements for a repository.
    • packages: List packages for a repository. (Aliases repos list)
    • repos: List repositories for a namespace (owner).
  • login|token: Retrieve your API authentication token/key via login.
  • metrics: Metrics and statistics for a repository.
    • tokens: Retrieve bandwidth usage for entitlement tokens.
    • packages: Retrieve package usage for repository.
  • move|mv: Move (promote) a package to another repo.
  • push|upload: Push (upload) a new package to a repository.
    • alpine: Push (upload) a new Alpine package upstream.
    • cargo: Push (upload) a new Cargo package upstream.
    • composer: Push (upload) a new Composer package upstream.
    • cocoapods: Push (upload) a new CocoaPods package upstream.
    • conan: Push (upload) a new Conan (C++) package upstream.
    • cran: Push (upload) a new R/CRAN package upstream.
    • deb: Push (upload) a new Debian package upstream.
    • docker: Push (upload) a new Docker image upstream.
    • go: Push (upload) a new Go module upstream.
    • helm: Push (upload) a new Helm package upstream.
    • luarocks: Push (upload) a new Lua module upstream.
    • maven: Push (upload) a new Maven package upstream.
    • npm: Push (upload) a new Npm package upstream.
    • nuget: Push (upload) a new NuGet package upstream.
    • python: Push (upload) a new Python package upstream.
    • raw: Push (upload) a new Raw package upstream.
    • rpm: Push (upload) a new RedHat package upstream.
    • ruby: Push (upload) a new Ruby package upstream.
    • terraform: Push (upload) a new Terraform package upstream.
    • vagrant: Push (upload) a new Vagrant package upstream.
  • quarantine|block: Manage quarantined packages in a repository.
    • add: Add a package to quarantine.
    • remove|rm|restore: Add a package to quarantine.
  • quota: Quota limits and history for a organisation.
    • limits: Display the Quota (bandwidth & storage usage/limits) for a specific organisation.
    • history: Display the Quota History (upload, download, and storage usage/limits) for a specific organisation.
  • repositories|repos: Manage repositories.
    • create|new: Create a new repository in a namespace.
    • get|list|ls: List repositories for a user, in a namespace or get details for a specific repository.
    • update: Update a repository in a namespace.
    • delete|rm: Delete a repository from a namespace.
  • resync: Resynchronise a package in a repository.
  • status: Get the synchronisation status for a package.
  • tags: Manage the tags for a package in a repository.
    • add: Add tags to a package in a repository.
    • clear: Clear all existing (non-immutable) tags from a package in a repository.
    • list|ls: List tags for a package in a repository.
    • remove|rm: Remove tags from a package in a repository.
    • replace: Replace all existing (non-immutable) tags on a package in a repository.
  • whoami: Retrieve your current authentication status.


You can install the latest CLI application from:

The simplest way is to use pip, such as:

pip install --upgrade cloudsmith-cli

Or you can get the latest pre-release version from Cloudsmith:

pip install --upgrade cloudsmith-cli --extra-index-url=


There are two configuration files used by the CLI:

  • config.ini: For non-credentials configuration.
  • credentials.ini: For credentials (authentication) configuration.

By default, the CLI will look for these in the following locations:

  • The current working directory.
  • A directory called cloudsmith in the OS-defined application directory. For example:
    • Linux:
      • $HOME/.config/cloudsmith
      • $HOME/.cloudsmith
    • Mac OS:
      • $HOME/Library/Application Support/cloudsmith
      • $HOME/.cloudsmith
    • Windows:
      • C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\cloudsmith (Win7+, not roaming)
      • C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\cloudsmith (Win7+, roaming)
      • C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Application Data\cloudsmith (WinXP, not roaming)
      • C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Local Settings\Application Data\cloudsmith (WinXP, roaming)
      • C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\.cloudsmith

Both configuration files use the simple INI format, such as:


Non-Credentials (config.ini)

See the default config in GitHub:

You can specify the following configuration options:

  • api_host: The API host to connect to.
  • api_proxy: The API proxy to connect through.
  • api_ssl_verify: Whether or not to use SSL verification for requests.
  • api_user_agent: The user agent to use for requests.

Credentials (credentials.ini)

See the default config in GitHub:

You can specify the following configuration options:

  • api_key: The API key for authenticating with the API.

Getting Your API Key

You'll need to provide authentication to Cloudsmith for any CLI actions that result in accessing private data or making changes to resources (such as pushing a new package to a repository)..

With the CLI this is simple to do. You can retrieve your API key using the cloudsmith login command:

cloudsmith login
Repeat for confirmation:

Note: Please ensure you use your email for the 'Login' prompt and not your user slug/identifier.

The resulting output looks something like:

Retrieving API token for '' ... OK
Your API token is: 1234567890abcdef1234567890abcdef

Once you have your API key you can then put this into your credentials.ini, use it as an environment variable export CLOUDSMITH_API_KEY=your_key_here or pass it to the CLI using the -k your_key_here flag.

For convenience the CLI will ask you if you want to install the default configuration files, complete with your API key, if they don't already exist. Say 'y' or 'yes' to create the configuration files.

If the configuration files already exist, you'll have to manually put the API key into the configuration files, but the CLI will print out their locations.

Uploading Packages

Although native uploads, i.e. those supported by the native ecosystem of a package format, are often preferred; it's easy to publish with the Cloudsmith CLI too!

For example, if you wanted to upload a Debian package, you can do it in one-step. Assuming you have a package filename libxml2-2.9.4-2.x86_64.deb, representing libxml 2.9.4, for the Ubuntu 16.04 distribution (which has a cloudsmith identifier of ubuntu/xenial):

cloudsmith push deb your-account/your-repo/ubuntu/xenial libxml2-2.9.4-2.x86_64.deb

Want to know how to do it with another packaging format? Easy, just ask for help:

cloudsmith push rpm --help


Yes! Please do contribute, this is why we love open source. Please see CONTRIBUTING for contribution guidelines when making code changes or raising issues for bug reports, ideas, discussions and/or questions (i.e. help required).


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