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Cloudsmith Command-Line Interface (CLI)

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The Cloudsmith Command Line Interface (CLI) is a Py2/Py3 text-based interface to the API. This allows users, machines and other services to access and integrate smoothly with Cloudsmith without requiring explicit plugins or tools. Be awesome. Automate Everything.

The following (slightly out of date) GIF demonstrates a small slice of the CLI - View the full video on YouTube:

CLI Demonstration

You can also read our blog article that introduced the first version of the CLI and the Cloudsmith RESTful API.


Please see the changelog for the list of changes by version. The current version is displayed in the PyPi badge at the top.


The CLI currently supports the following commands (and sub-commands):

  • check: Check the status/version of the service.
  • delete: Delete a package from a repository.
  • docs: Launch the help website in your browser.
  • help: Display the help message and exit.
  • list: List distributions, packages and repos.
  • distros: List available distributions.
  • packages: List packages for a repository.
  • repos: List repositories for a namespace (owner).
  • push: Push/upload a new package to a repository.
  • deb: Push/upload a new Deb package upstream.
  • maven: Push/upload a new Maven package upstream.
  • python: Push/upload a new Python package upstream.
  • raw: Push/upload a new Raw package upstream.
  • rpm: Push/upload a new Rpm package upstream.
  • ruby: Push/upload a new Ruby package upstream.
  • vagrant: Push/upload a new Vagrant package upstream.
  • status: Get the synchronisation status for a package.
  • token: Retrieve your API authentication token/key.
  • whoami: Retrieve your current authentication status.


You can install the latest CLI application from:

The simplest way is to use pip, such as:

pip install --upgrade cloudsmith-cli

Or you can get the latest pre-release version from Cloudsmith:

pip install --upgrade cloudsmith-cli --extra-index-url=


There are two configuration files used by the CLI:

  • config.ini: For non-credentials configuration.
  • credentials.ini: For credentials (authentication) configuration.

By default, the CLI will look for these in the following locations:

  • The current working directory.
  • A directory called cloudsmith in the OS-defined application directory. For example:
  • Linux: $HOME/.config/cloudsmith
    • Windows: C:\Users\YourName\AppData\cloudsmith

Both configuration files use the simple INI format, such as:


Non-Credentials (config.ini)

See the default config in GitHub:

You can specify the following configuration options:

  • api_host: The API host to connect to.
  • api_proxy: The API proxy to connect through.
  • api_user_agent: The user agent to use for requests.

Credentials (credentials.ini)

See the default config in GitHub:

You can specify the following configuration options:

  • api_key: The API key for authenticating with the API.

Getting Your API Key

You’ll need to provide authentication to Cloudsmith for any CLI actions that result in accessing private data or making changes to resources (such as pushing a new package to a repository)..

With the CLI this is simple to do. You can retrieve your API key using the cloudsmith token command:

cloudsmith token
Repeat for confirmation:

Note: Please ensure you use your email for the ‘Login’ prompt and not your user slug/identifier.

The resulting output looks something like:

Retrieving API token for '' ... OK
Your API token is: 1234567890abcdef1234567890abcdef

Once you have your API key you can then put this into your credentials.ini, use it as an environment variable export CLOUDSMITH_API_KEY=your_key_here or pass it to the CLI using the -k your_key_here flag.

For convenience the CLI will ask you if you want to install the default configuration files, complete with your API key, if they don’t already exist. Say ‘y’ or ‘yes’ to create the configuration files.

If the configuration files already exist, you’ll have to manually put the API key into the configuration files, but the CLI will print out their locations.


Note: All of the examples in this section are uploading to the lskillen user and the test repository. Please replace these with your own user/org and repository names.

Upload a Debian Package

Assuming you have a package filename libxml2-2.9.4-2.x86_64.deb, representing libxml 2.9.4, for the Ubuntu 16.04 distribution (which has a cloudsmith identifier of ubuntu/xenial):

cloudsmith push deb lskillen/test/ubuntu/xenial libxml2-2.9.4-2.x86_64.deb

Upload a RedHat Package

Assuming you have a package filename libxml2-2.9.4-2.el5.x86_64.rpm, representing libxml 2.9.4, for the RedHat Enterprise 5.0 distribution (which has a cloudsmith identifier of el/5):

cloudsmith push rpm lskillen/test/el/5 libxml2-2.9.4-2.el5.x86_64.rpm

Upload a Python Package

Assuming you have a package filename boto3-1.4.4.py2.p3-none-any.whl, representing boto3 1.4.4, for Python 2/3:

cloudsmith push python lskillen/test boto3-1.4.4.py2.p3-none-any.whl

Upload a Ruby Package

Assuming you have a package filename safe_yaml-1.0.4.gem, representing safe_yaml 1.0.4, for Ruby 2.3+:

cloudsmith push ruby lskillen/test safe_yaml-1.0.4.gem

Upload a Maven Package

Assuming you have a package filename validation-api-1.0.0.GA.jar, representing validation-api 1.0.0, for Maven/Java:

cloudsmith push maven lskillen/test validation-api-1.0.0.GA.jar --pom-file=validation-api-1.0.0.GA.pom

Upload a Raw Package

Assuming you have a package filename, representing packaged assets:

cloudsmith push raw lskillen/test

Upload a Vagrant Package

Assuming you have a package filename, representing a Vagrant image for the Awesome OS (fictional, probably):

cloudsmith push vagrant lskillen/test

Upload multiple Debian Packages

You can also upload multiple packages in one go (all of the same distribution):

cloudsmith push deb lskillen/test/ubuntu/xenial libxml2-2.9.1-2.x86_64.deb libxml2-2.9.2-2.x86_64.deb libxml2-2.9.3-2.x86_64.deb


Yes! Please do contribute, this is why we love open source. Please see CONTRIBUTING for contribution guidelines when making code changes or raising issues for bug reports, ideas, discussions and/or questions (i.e. help required).


Copyright 2017 Cloudsmith Ltd

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the “License”); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an “AS IS” BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.


This quality product was brought to you by Cloudsmith and the fine folks who have contributed.

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