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netz98 magerun CLI tools

The n98 magerun cli tools provides some handy tools to work with Magento from command line.


The tools are currently only tested with PHP 5.3.10 within Ubuntu 12.04 Linux and on Mac OS X. If you are a Windows user you can help us with a quick test.

The tools should work with Magento 2 development branch.


There are two ways to install the tools:

Download phar file


You can make the .phar file executable.

chmod +x ./n98-magerun.phar

If you want to use command system wide you can copy it to /usr/local/bin.

sudo cp ./n98-magerun.phar /usr/local/bin/

Debian / suhosin:

On some debian systems with compiled in suhosin the phar extension must be added to a whitelist.

Add this to your php.ini file:


Install with Composer


Since version 1.1.0 we deliver a self-update script within the phar file:

$ n98-magerun.phar self-update

If file was installed system wide do not forget "sudo".

See it in action:

Usage / Commands

All commands try to detect the current Magento root directory. If you have multiple Magento installation you must change your working directory to the preferred installation.

You can list all available commands by:

$ n98-magerun.phar list

If you don't have installed the .phar file system wide you can call it with the php cli interpreter:

php n98-magerun.phar list

Create customer

Creates a new customer/user for shop frontend.

$ n98-magerun.phar  customer:create [email] [password] [firstname] [lastname] [website]

Print database information

$ n98-magerun.phar db:info

Dump database

Dumps configured magento database with mysqldump.

filename Dump filename
--add-time Adds time to filename
--only-command Print only mysqldump command. Do not execute
--stdout Dump to stdout
--strip Tables to strip (dump only structure of those tables)
$ n98-magerun.phar db:dump

Only the mysqldump command:

$ n98-magerun.phar db:dump --only-command [filename]

Or directly to stdout:

$ n98-magerun.phar db:dump --stdout

Stripped Database Dump

Dumps your database and excludes some tables. This is useful i.e. for development.

Separate each table to strip by a space. You can use wildcards like * and ? in the table names to strip multiple tables. In addition you can specify pre-defined table groups, that start with an @ Example: "dataflow_batch_export unimportant_module_* @log

$ n98-magerun.phar db:dump --strip="@stripped"

Available Table Groups:

  • @log Log tables
  • @dataflowtemp Temporary tables of the dataflow import/export tool
  • @stripped Standard definition for a stripped dump (logs and dataflow)
  • @sales Sales data (orders, invoices, creditmemos etc)
  • @customers Customer data
  • @trade Current trade data (customers and orders). You usally do not want those in developer systems.
  • @development Removes logs and trade data so developers do not have to work with real customer data


See it in action:

Database Console / MySQL Client

Opens the MySQL console client with your database settings from local.xml

  • Requires MySQL CLI tools
$ n98-magerun.phar db:console

Database Drop

Opens the MySQL console client with your database settings from local.xml

  • Requires MySQL CLI tools
$ n98-magerun.phar db:drop  [-f|--force]

List Indexes

$ n98-magerun.phar index:list

Reindex a Index

Index by indexer code. Code is optional. If you don't specify a code you can pick a indexer from a list.

$ n98-magerun.phar index:reindex [code]

Reindex All

Loops all magento indexes and triggers reindex.

$ n98-magerun.phar index:reindex:all

Generate local.xml file

$ n98-magerun.phar local-config:generate

Config Dump

Dumps merged XML configuration to stdout. Useful to see all the XML.

$ n98-magerun.phar [xpath]


Config of catalog module:

$ n98-magerun.phar config:dump global/catalog

See module order in XML:

$ n98-magerun.phar config:dump modules

Write output to file:

$ n98-magerun.phar config:dump > extern_file.xml

Set Config

$ n98-magerun.phar config:set [--scope[="..."]] [--scope-id[="..."]] path value
path The config path value The config value
--scope The config value's scope (default: "default")
--scope-id The config value's scope ID (default: "0")

Get Config

$ n98-magerun.phar config:get [--scope-id="..."] [path]
path The config path
--scope-id The config value's scope ID
If path is not set, all available config items will be listed. path may contain wildcards (*)

List Magento cache status

$ n98-magerun.phar cache:list

Clean Magento cache

Cleans expired cache entries. If you like to remove all entries use cache:flush

$ n98-magerun.phar cache:clean

Or only one cache type like i.e. full_page cache:

$ n98-magerun.phar cache:clean full_page

Remove all cache entries

$ n98-magerun.phar cache:flush

List Magento caches

$ n98-magerun.phar cache:list

Disable Magento cache

$ n98-magerun.phar cache:disable

Enable Magento cache

$ n98-magerun.phar cache:enable

Demo Notice

Toggle demo store notice

$ n98-magerun.phar design:demo-notice [store_code]

List admin users

$ n98-magerun.phar admin:user:list

Create admin user

$ n98-magerun.phar admin:user:create [username] [email] [password] [firstname] [lastname]

Change admin user password

$ n98-magerun.phar admin:user:change-password [username] [password]

Disable admin notifications

Toggle admin notifications.

$ n98-magerun.phar admin:notifications

Toggle maintenance mode

$ n98-magerun.phar sys:maintenance

Magento system info

Provides info like the edition and version or the configured cache backends.

$ n98-magerun.phar sys:info

Magento Stores

Lists all store views.

$ n98-magerun.phar sys:store:list

Magento Store Config - BaseURLs

Lists base urls for each store.

$ n98-magerun.phar sys:store:config:base-url:list

Magento Websites

Lists all websites.

$ n98-magerun.phar sys:website:list

Magento Cronjobs

Lists all cronjobs defined in config.xml files.

$ n98-magerun.phar sys:cron:list

List URLs

$ sys:url:list [--add-categories] [--add-products] [--add-cmspages] [--add-all] [stores] [linetemplate]


  • Create a list of product urls only:
$ n98-magerun.phar sys:url:list --add-products 4
  • Create a list of all products, categories and cms pages of store 4 and 5 separating host and path (e.g. to feed a jmeter csv sampler):
$ n98-magerun.phar sys:url:list --add-all 4,5 '{host},{path}' > urls.csv
  • The "linetemplate" can contain all parts "parse_url" return wrapped in '{}'. '{url}' always maps the complete url and is set by default

Run Setup Scripts

Runs all setup scripts (no need to call frontend). This command is useful if you update your system with enabled maintenance mode.

$ n98-magerun.phar sys:setup:run

Compare Setup Versions

Compares module version with saved setup version in core_resource table and displays version mismatch.

$ n98-magerun.phar sys:setup:compare-versions [--ignore-data]

System Check

  • Checks missing files and folders
  • Security
  • PHP Extensions (Required and Bytecode Cache)
  • MySQL InnoDB Engine
$ n98-magerun.phar sys:check

CMS: Toggle Banner

Hide/Show CMS Banners

$ n98-magerun.phar cms:banner:toggle <banner_id>

CMS: Publish a page

Publishes a page by page id and revision.

$ n98-magerun.phar cms:page:publish <page_id> <revision_id>

Useful to automatically publish a page by a cron job.

Toggle Template Hints

Toggle debug template hints settings of a store

$ n98-magerun.phar dev:template-hints [store_code]

Toggle Template Hints Blocks

Toggle debug template hints blocks settings of a store

$ n98-magerun.phar dev:template-hints-blocks [store_code]

Toggle Inline Translation

Toggle settings for shop frontend:

$ n98-magerun.phar dev:translate:shop [store_code]

Toggle for admin area:

$ n98-magerun.phar dev:translate:admin

Toggle Profiler

Toggle profiler for debugging a store:

$ n98-magerun.phar dev:profiler [store_code]

Toggle Development Logs

Activate/Deactivate system.log and exception.log for a store:

$ n98-magerun.phar dev:log [store_code]

Toggle Symlinks

Allow usage of symlinks for a store-view:

$ n98-magerun.phar dev:symlinks <store_code>

Global scope can be set by not permitting store_code parameter:

$ n98-magerun.phar dev:symlinks

Create Module Skel

Creates an empty module and registers it in current magento shop:

$ n98-magerun.phar dev:module:create [--add-blocks] [--add-helpers] [--add-models] [--add-all] [--modman] vendorNamespace moduleName [codePool]

Code-Pool defaults to local.


$ n98-magerun.phar dev:module:create MyVendor MyModule
  • --modman option creates a new folder based on vendorNamespace and moduleName argument.

Run this command inside your .modman folder.

  • --add-all option add blocks, helpers and models.

List Modules

Lists all installed modules with codepool and version

$ n98-magerun.phar dev:module:list

Rewrite List

Lists all registered class rewrites:

$ n98-magerun.phar dev:module:rewrite:list

Rewrite Conflicts

Lists all duplicated rewrites and tells you which class is loaded by Magento. The command checks class inheritance in order of your module dependencies.

$ n98-magerun.phar dev:module:rewrite:conflicts [--log-junit="..."]
  • If a filename with --log-junit option is set the tool generates an XML file and no output to stdout.

Observer List

Lists all registered observer by type.

$ n98-magerun.phar dev:module:observer:list [type]

Type is one of "adminhtml", "global", "frontend".

List Extensions

List and find connect extensions by a optional search string:

$ n98-magerun.phar extension:list <search>
  • Requires Magento's mage shell script.
  • Does not work with Windows as operating system.

Install Extensions

Installs a connect extension by package key:

$ n98-magerun.phar extension:install <package_key>

If the package could not be found a search for alternatives will be done. If alternatives could be found you can select the package to install.

  • Requires Magento's mage shell script.
  • Does not work with Windows as operating system.

Download Extensions

Downloads connect extensions by package key:

$ n98-magerun.phar extension:download <search>
  • Requires Magento's mage shell script.
  • Does not work with Windows as operating system.

Upgrade Extensions

Upgrade connect extensions by package key:

$ n98-magerun.phar extension:upgrade <search>
  • Requires Magento's mage shell script.
  • Does not work with Windows as operating system.

Magento Installer

Since version 1.1.0 we deliver a Magento installer which does the following:

  • Download Magento by a list of git repos and zip files (mageplus, magelte, official community packages).
  • Try to create database if it does not exist.
  • Installs Magento sample data if available (since version 1.2.0).
  • Starts Magento installer
  • Sets rewrite base in .htaccess file
$ n98-magerun.phar install

Magento Uninstaller

Uninstalls Magento: Drops your database and recursive deletes installation folder.

$ n98-magerun.phar uninstall [-f|--force]

Please be careful: This removes all data from your installation.



Copy the file bash_complete as n98-magerun.phar in your bash autocomplete folder. In my Ubuntu system this can be done with the following command:

$ sudo cp autocompletion/bash/bash_complete /etc/bash_completion.d/n98-magerun.phar


An commandline tool autocompletion XML file for PHPStorm exists in subfolder autocompletion/phpstorm. Copy n98_magerun.xml in your phpstorm config folder.

Linux: ~/.WebIde50/config/commandlinetools

You can also add the XML content over settings menu. For further instructions read this blog post:

Advanced usage

Add your own commands

Overwrite default settings

Create the yaml config file ~/.n98-magerun.yaml. Now you can define overwrites. The original config file is config.yaml in the source root folder.

Change of i.e. default currency and admin users:

        currency: USD
        admin_username: myadmin
        admin_firstname: Firstname
        admin_lastname: Lastname
        admin_password: mydefaultSecret

Add own Magento repositories

Create the yaml config file ~/.n98-magerun.yaml. Now you can define overwrites. The original config file is config.yaml in the source root folder.

Add you repo. The keys in the config file following the composer package structure.


      - name: my-magento-git-repository
        version: 1.x.x.x
          url: git://myserver/myrepo.git
          type: git
          reference: 1.x.x.x
          sample-data: sample-data-

      - name: my-zipped-magento
          type: tar
          sample-data: sample-data-

How can you help?

  • Add new commands
  • Send me some proposals if you miss anything
  • Create issues if you find a bug or missing a feature.

Thanks to

  • Symfony2 Team for the great console component.
  • Composer Team for the downloader backend and the self-update command.
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