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Rancher CLI

The Rancher Command Line Interface (CLI) is a unified tool for interacting with your Rancher Server.

For usage information see:

Note: This is for version 2.x.x of the cli, for info on 1.6.x see here


Check the releases page for direct downloads of the binary. After you download it, you can add it to your $PATH or build your own from source.

Setting up Rancher CLI with a Rancher Server

The CLI requires your Rancher Server address, along with credentials for authentication. Rancher CLI pulls this information from a JSON file, cli2.json, which is created the first time you run rancher login. By default, the path of this file is ~/.rancher/cli2.json.

$ rancher login https://<RANCHER_SERVER_URL> -t my-secret-token

Note: When entering your <RANCHER_SERVER_URL>, include the port that was exposed while you installed Rancher Server.


Run rancher --help for a list of available commands.

Building from Source

The binaries will be located in /bin.

Linux Binary

Run make.

Mac Binary

Run CROSS=1 make build.

Docker Image

Run docker run --rm -it -v <PATH_TO_CONFIG>:/root/.rancher/cli2.json rancher/cli2 [ARGS]. Pass credentials by replacing <PATH_TO_CONFIG> with your config file for the server.

To build rancher/cli, run make. To use a custom Docker repository, do REPO=custom make, which produces a custom/cli image.


For bugs, questions, comments, corrections, suggestions, etc., open an issue in rancher/rancher with a title prefix of [cli] .

Or just click here to create a new issue.


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