A simple CLI to the Ravelry API.
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A CLI for interacting with the Ravelry API.

Consider this a functional prototype. This CLI's API may change. Not all the API calls have been tested.

This project is not affiliated with Ravelry.

Getting Started


It's easiest to download a pre-compiled PHAR from the releases page...

wget -qO ravelry-api https://github.com/dpb587/ravelry-api-cli.php/releases/download/v0.0.0/ravelry-api-cli.phar
chmod +x ravelry-api
./ravelry-api current-user

For development, it's easiest to install with Composer...

git clone https://github.com/dpb587/ravelry-api-cli.php
cd ravelry-api-cli.php
composer.phar install
./bin/cli current-user


You'll need to configure your API keys through environment variables or CLI options...

  • access key - RAVELRY_ACCESS_KEY or --auth-access-key
  • secret key - RAVELRY_SECRET_KEY or --auth-secret-key
  • personal key - RAVELRY_PERSONAL_KEY or --auth-personal-key

You can find the your keys from the apps tab of your Ravelry Pro account.

If you're using OAuth instead of personal keys, there are two helper commands to make OAuth a bit easier...

  • oauth:create - use this to create an OAuth session
  • oauth:confirm - use this to finish authorizing the session if you get interrupted

By default, the OAuth tokens will be saved to ~/.ravelryapi in JSON format.


API methods are segmented by topic...

$ ./ravelry-api
  topics:reply                    Post a reply to a topic
  topics:show                     Get topic information
  topics:update                   Update a topic
  upload:image                    Upload an image file for later processing or attaching
  upload:request-token            Generate an upload token
  upload:status                   Get uploaded image IDs
  volumes:show                    Get volume details
  yarns:search                    Search yarn database
  yarns:show                      Get yarn details

API parameters are documented if you ask for --help...

$ ./ravelry-api yarns:search --help
 yarns:search [--page="..."] [--page-size="..."] [--query="..."] [--sort="..."] [--facet="..."] [--debug] [--etag="..."] [--extras]

 --query                Search term for fulltext searching yarns
 --page                 Result page to retrieve. Defaults to first page.
 --page-size            Defaults to 50 results per page.
 --sort                 Sort order. [allowed values: best, rating, projects]
 --facet                Facet key/value pairs derived from ravelry.com interface [KEY=VALUE] (multiple values allowed)

API parameters are passed as options and the output, by default, is JSON...

$ ./ravelry-api yarns:search --query 'cascade 220' --sort rating
    "yarns": [
            "rating_count": 924,
            "machine_washable": false,
            "texture": "Plied",
            "yarn_company_name": "Cascade Yarns",
            "max_gauge": 20,
            "yardage": 220,
            "rating_average": 4.49,
            "min_gauge": 18,
            "rating_total": 4153,

If an API method supports arbitrary keys, you'll see a dedicated CLI option where you can use KEY=VALUE notation. For example, several *:search methods allow you to use the facets that the main Ravelry website exposes...

$ ./ravelry-api yarns:search --facet fiber=alpaca --facet weight=fingering ...snip...

If an API method accepts a file parameter, pass the file's path as the argument (or - to use STDIN)...

$ ./ravelry-api upload:image --file0 ~/Desktop/my-stash.jpg ...snip...


You can increase the verbosity for more detailed logging...

  • -v - to dump the full API result to STDOUT (not just the simple JSON data from the API response body)
  • -vv - to dump the raw HTTP traffic from requests and responses to STDERR

Use --debug-mock {file} to mock the server response of an API call.

Use --debug-log {file} to append raw HTTP traffic and additional details to a separate file.


MIT License