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Quick Start Guide

Installing the CLI

To manage your DotCloud applications, you need the Command-Line Interface client (CLI) installed on your computer. Before proceeding, make sure you have already signed up for an account.

Installation Instructions


Open Terminal and run the following command:

$ sudo easy_install pip && sudo pip install dotcloud

If you don’t have easy_install, you need to install it; preferably with your distribution specific packaging tools. On Fedora, RHEL, and other systems providing yum, you should run sudo yum install python-setuptools. On Debian, Ubuntu, and other systems providing APT, you should run sudo apt-get install python-setuptools. Then install pip and dotcloud as shown above.


Windows is not officially supported at this time. However, if you feel brave, here is how to get DotCloud running on Windows in less than one minute (not counting download times).

  1. Start the Cygwin Setup.

  2. Select default choices until you reach the package selection dialog.

  3. Enable the following packages:

    • net/openssh
    • net/rsync
    • devel/git
    • devel/mercurial
    • python/python (make sure it’s at least 2.6!)
    • web/wget
  4. After the installation, you should have a Cygwin icon on your desktop. Start it: you will get a command-line shell.

  5. Download easy_install:

    $ wget http://peak.telecommunity.com/dist/ez_setup.py
  6. Install it:

    $ python ez_setup.py
  7. You now have easy_install; let’s use it to install pip:

    $ easy_install pip
  8. Now install dotcloud:

    $ pip install dotcloud

That’s it! Remember to always go through the Cygwin shell when running “dotcloud”.


If you already have Cygwin installed and are actually upgrading it when setting up DotCloud, you might have to do a “rebaseall”. If you see weird error messages in Cygwin after upgrading, read Cygwin Upgrades and rebaseall for a fix! (Thanks to Kevin Li for this tip!)

Mac OS X

To install, open a terminal and run the following commands:

$ sudo easy_install pip && sudo pip install dotcloud

When the installation is finished, run “dotcloud” for the first time and enter your API key.

$ dotcloud
Enter your api key (You can find it at http://www.dotcloud.com/settings):

Quick Start Guide