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# Gandi CLI

Use `$ gandi` to easily create and manage web resources from the command line.

* `$ gandi domain` to buy and manage your domain names
* `$ gandi paas` to create and deploy your web applications
* `$ gandi vm` to spin up and upgrade your virtual machines
* `$ gandi` to list all available commands
* [Detailed examples](#use-cases)
* [All commands](#all-commands)

## Table of contents

* [Requirements](#requirements)
* [Installation](#installation)
* [Getting started](#getting-started)
* [Use cases](#use-cases)
* [Registering a Domain Name](#registering-a-domain-name)
* [Creating a Virtual Machine](#creating-a-virtual-machine)
* [Deploying a Web Application](#deploying-a-web-application)
* [Advanced Usage](#advanced-usage)
* [All Commands](#all-commands)
* [Build manpage](#build-manpage)
* [Configuration](#configuration)
* [Development](#development)
* [Contributing](#contributing)
* [License](#license)

## Requirements

* A compatible operating system (Linux, BSD, Mac OS X/Darwin, Windows)
* Python 2.6/2.7 (Python 3 not yet supported)

Recommended tools
* [pip](
* [virtualenv](

## Installation

### Install with pip and virtualenv

$ virtualenv /some/directory/gandi.cli
$ source /some/directory/gandi.cli/bin/activate
$ pip install gandi.cli

### Build from source

$ cd /path/to/the/repository
$ python install --user

### From the Debian package

$ ln -sf packages/debian debian && debuild -us -uc -b && echo "Bisou"

## Getting started

1. To get started, you can create a [free Gandi account]( and get your Gandi Handle
2. [Generate your Production API Token]( from the account admin section
3. You may also want to [top-up your prepaid account](

Then run the setup

$ gandi setup
> API Key: x134z5x4c5c # copy-paste your api key
> Environment [production] : # press enter for Production, the default
> SSH key [~/.ssh/] : # your SSH public key for hosting instances and servers

See the [Advanced Usage](#advanced-usage) section for more details on configuration.

## Use cases

* [Registering a domain name](#registering-a-domain-name)
* [Creating a virtual machine](#creating-a-virtual-machine)
* [Deploying a web application](#deploying-a-web-application)

### Registering a Domain Name

Gandi is a domain name registrar since 1999. The oldest in France and one of the world's leading, Gandi is recognized for its No Bullshit™ trademark and approach to domain names.

You can now buy and manage domains in any of the 500+ TLD's that Gandi offers from the command line.

[Know more about Gandi Domains on the website](

#### 1. Buy a domain using the interactive prompt

$ gandi domain create
> Domain: # enter the domain name here
> is available
> Duration [1] : 1 # enter the duration in years

This will create a domain and use your default information for Ownership, Admin, Technical and Billing info.

#### 2. Buy a domain in one line

$ gandi domain create --domain --duration 1

#### 3. Buy a domain with custom contacts

$ gandi domain create --domain --duration 1 --owner XYZ123-GANDI --admin XYZ123-GANDI --tech XYZ123-GANDI --bill XYZ123-GANDI

You can use the information of Gandi handles associated to Contacts in your account to setup Owner, Admin, Technical and Billing info.

#### 3. List your domains

$ gandi domain list

#### 4. Get information about a domain

$ gandi domain info

### Creating a Virtual Machine

Gandi Server offers powerful Xen- and Linux-based virtual machines since 2007.

Virtual machines can be configured and upgraded on the fly to your liking. For example, you can start with 1GB of RAM, and run a command to add 2GB of RAM and 2 CPUs without even having to restart it.

Gandi Server measures consumption by the hour and uses a prepaid credit system. To learn more, [check out the Gandi Server website](

#### 1. Create and access a VM

$ gandi vm create
> datacenter: FR
> memory: 256
> cores: 1
> ip_version: 4
> bandwidth: 102400
> login: admin
> hostname: tempo

Create a virtual machine with the default configuration and a random hostname.

#### 2. Upgrade a VM

$ gandi vm update tempo --memory 2024 --cores 2

Set the VM's RAM to 2GB and add a CPU core on the fly.

#### 3. Create a custom VM

$ gandi vm create --datacenter US --hostname docker --cores 2 --ram 3036GB --disk 10GB --image "Ubuntu 14.04 64 bits" --run "curl -s | sh"
> datacenter: US
> memory: 3036
> cores: 2
> ip_version: 4
> bandwidth: 102400
> login: admin
> hostname: docker
> image: Ubuntu 14.04 64 bits

This command will setup the above VM, and install docker by running `curl -s | sh` after creation.

#### 4. View your ressources

$ gandi vm list

#### 5. Get all the details about a VM

$ gandi vm info docker

### Deploying a Web Application

Gandi Simple Hosting is a PaaS (Platform as a Service) offering fast code deployment and easy scaling, powering over 50,000 apps since its inception in 2012.

Instances can run apps in 4 languages (PHP, Python, Node.js and Ruby) along with one of 3 popular databases (MySQL, PostgreSQL and MongoDB) and operate on a managed platform with built-in http caching.

Plans cover all scales, from small to world-class projects. [Check out the website for more information](

#### 1. Create an instance for your app

$ gandi paas create --name myapp --type phpmysql --size S --datacenter FR --duration 1

#### 2. Update code and deploy

$ cd myapp
$ git init .
$ git add .
$ git commit -m 'first commit'
$ git push gandi master
$ gandi deploy

## Advanced Usage

### All Commands

To list all available commands, type `$ gandi --help`

For extended instructions, check out the `man` page.

### Build manpage

Install python-docutils and run:

$ rst2man --no-generator >

Then to read the manpage:

$ man ./

### Configuration

Run `$ gandi setup` to configure your settings (see [Getting started](#getting-started))

Use `$ gandi config` to set and edit custom variables.
The default variables are:
* `sshkey` # path to your public ssh key
* `` # the URL of the API endpoint to use (i.e OTE or Production)
* `api.key` # the relevant API key for the chosen endpoint

### Development

To add a new command to the CLI:
* check if there's an existing namespace to either add a command or an option to an already existing one
* each command is composed of 2 python files, located in the `commands/` and `modules/` directories
* `commands/` contains everything that is related to shell arguments, parameter validation, default values
* `modules/` contains code that uses the Gandi API and can be used by other python scripts, or in the python shell.
* `packages/` contains packaging code (see `packages/README.rst`)

Code must follow PEP8 recommendations:
Docstrings should follow PEP257 recommendations:

## Contributing

Create a git branch with your new feature or bugfix and either:
* mail the patch to,
* send the URL for your branch and we will review/merge it if correct,
* open a merge request on GitHub

## License / Copying

Copyright © 2014 Gandi S.A.S

Gandi CLI is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

Gandi CLI is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with Gandi CLI. If not, see <>.



* New record namespace to manage domain zone record entries


* Add and update License information to use GPL-3
* Uniformize help strings during creation/deletion commands


* New mail namespace for managing mailboxes and aliases
* New command 'disk create' to create a virtual disk
* New command 'vm ssh' to open a ssh connection to an existing
virtual machine
* New command 'help' which behave like --help option.
* Using 'gandi namespace' without full command will display list
of available commands for this namespace and associated short help.
* 'gandi paas create' and 'gandi vm create' commands now use sshkeys,
and default to LU as default datacenter.


* Fixes Debian packaging


* Fixes bug with snapshotprofile list command preventing
'gandi setup' to work after clean installation
* Allow Gandi CLI to load custom modules/commands using
'GANDICLI_PATH' environment variable


* New certificate namespace for managing certificates
* New disk namespace for managing iaas disks
* New snapshotprofile namespace to know which profiles exists
* Allow override of configuration values for apikey, apienv and apihost
using shell environment variables API_KEY, API_ENV, API_HOST.
* Bugfixes on various vm and paas commands
* Fixes typos in docstrings
* Update man page


* New vhost namespace for managing virtual host for PaaS instances
* New sshkey namespace for managing a sshkey keyring
* Bugfixes on various vm and paas commands
* Bugfixes when using a hostname using only numbers
* Added a random unique name generated for temporary VM and PaaS


* Initial release

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