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OctoSearch is a command line tool that downloads variable sets from Octopus, caches them locally and allows you to search through the command line or a generated html single page application.

html report


OctoSearch itself is a package available from nuget. It has been compiled down to a native executable so a dotnet core installation is not needed.

You can also download a zip from the releases page.

> nuget install OctoSearch

You can access the executable in the tools folder.

> cd .\OctoSearch*\tools
> .\OctoSearch.exe

Building from source

You can clone this repository and create your own package using the build script.

This application is built with dotnet core so you will need to install the appropriate tools for your platform.

> cd build
> .\build.ps1

Getting Started

Login to Octopus

The first step is to login with the octopus server so we can create, download and cache an API token. This will be used for subsequent calls to octopus.

> .\OctoSearch.exe login -l https://octopus/ -u username
Please enter your pasword...
Successfully logged in.

Cache Variables locally

Now that we're authenticated we can download and cache the variable sets and their variable collections. This cache will be used for our searches to reduce the load on the Octopus server. Variables marked as sensitive won't have their values downloaded or cached; their variable names will be searchable but not their values.

> .\OctoSearch.exe cache
Saved LibraryVariableSet1.
Saved LibraryVariableSet2.


With the variables cached locally you can run fast searches and regenerate them into either Json or Html documents. To run a basic command line search you can use the search verb. It takes a regex so you can pass in basic text or more advanced text searches when you need to.

> .\OctoSearch.exe search --regex connectionstring
Database.ConnectionString            ConnectionStringOne
ServiceBus.ConnectionString          ConnectionStringTwo

To output the search results into a text file you can do:

> .\OctoSearch.exe search --regex connectionstring --output-file results.txt

If you would prefer it in Json:

> .\OctoSearch.exe search --regex connectionstring --output-file results.json --output-format json

To display all the variables in a html report we omit the regex to default to a greedy regex \w.. The html report has a client side search facility to filter variables for easier exploration.

> .\OctoSearch.exe search --output-file results.html --output-format html

Issues and feature requests

Please start raise an issue on github for any bugs or features you would like to see.


OctoSearch is a command line tool that downloads and searches variable sets from Octopus.


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