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The Command Line Interface

This project is the command line interface for, which allows you to quickly bootstrap full working projects as well as interface with the API.


Installation is easy... Simply type the following in your command line.

npm install -g formio-cli



formio bootstrap [GitHub Project]

You can bootstrap any application within GitHub easily with our one line bootstrap command. First find a repository that you wish to bootstrap. Here are a few...


Example: If you wish to bootstrap the ToDo application, simply type the following in the command line.

formio bootstrap formio/formio-app-todo

This will download, extract, create, configure and serve your application in one command!


formio migrate <source> [<transformer>] <destination> --src-key [SOURCE_API_KEY] --dst-key [DESTINATION_API_KEY]

The migrate command allows you to migrate submission data from one source to another using a simple command. You can either migrate data from a CSV into a form, or from a form into another form. This works by taking the data from <source>, sending it through a middleware function called <transformer> (which you provide) that transforms the data into the correct format, and then saving that data as a submission into the <destination> form. If you are migrating data from one form to the same form within two different projects, you will just provide form as your transform and your command would be as follows.

formio migrate <source> form <destination> --src-key [SOURCE_API_KEY] --dst-key [DESTINATION_API_KEY]

As an example, if you wish to move submission data from one form in a project to your remotely deployed project. You can use the following command.

formio migrate form --src-key abc1234 --dst-key cde2468

Where you would replace the domains of your from and to, but also need to replace the src-key and dst-key with the API Keys from the from project and API key of your destination project respectively.

Migrating from CSV

In many cases, you may wish to migrate data from a local CSV file into a project submission table. This requires the transform middleware where you will map the columns of your CSV file into the Submission data going into

Example: Let's suppose you have the following CSV file of data.


First Name, Last Name, Email
Joe, Smith,
Jane, Thompson,
Terry, Jones,

And now you wish to import all of that data into a form. You can create the transform file like the following.


var header = true;
module.exports = function(record, next) {
  if (header) {
    // Ignore the header row.
    header = false;
    return next();
  next(null, {
    data: {
      firstName: record[0],
      lastName: record[1],
      email: record[2]

This transform middleware file can be a complete Node.js middleware method and works asynchronously so if you need to perform asynchronous behavior, you can do that by only calling the next function when the record is ready.

You can now migrate that data into your form with the following command.

formio migrate import.csv transform.js --key [YOUR_API_KEY]


formio deploy [src] [dst]

You can deploy a project on a paid plan on to a hosted server with this command. Specify the source and destination servers and the project will be created or updated on the destination server.


// A project without a server is implied from
formio deploy myproject http://myproject.localhost:3000

// Projects can be specified with a subdomain.
formio deploy http://myproject.localhost:3000

// Projects can also be referred to with their project id which will need to be looked up.
formio deploy{projectId} http://localhost:3000/project/{projectId}

Each server will require authentication so you will be asked twice, once for the source and once for the destination. These can also be specified with --src-username, --src-password, --dst-username, --dst-password.


formio serve [directory]

This command will serve a directory (to localhost) that has already been boostrapped.


formio copy form [src] [dest]

This command will copy the components of a form into another form. This will overwrite all components within the destination form if that form exists. You can also chain together multiple source forms which will aggregate the components of those forms into the destination form.


// Copy a form from one project to another.
formio copy form

// Aggregate multiple forms into the same form.
formio copy form,


The command line interface.




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