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Migrating to the CLI 0.9

If this is your first time to install any version of the dotCloud CLI, then you should probably read Installing the CLI. If you are upgrading from the 0.4 CLI, please read on!

Upgrading the CLI

You can check your dotCloud Command-Line Interface client (CLI) version by running the following command:

dotcloud --version

If the output is 0.4, you’re using an older flavor of the CLI, and should upgrade to the newest version!

You can upgrade your CLI to the latest version by running:

sudo easy_install pip
sudo pip uninstall dotcloud dotcloud.cli
sudo pip install -U dotcloud

Key changes from 0.4.x to 0.9.x

This version of the CLI is designed to work with the application directory “connected” to the remote dotCloud application.

This allows you to avoid typing the same application name multiple times, reduces the possiblity of making typos or overwriting the wrong applications by repeating the command line history.

CLI 0.9 (new) CLI 0.4 (old)
dotcloud push dotcloud push myapp .
dotcloud info dotcloud info myapp
dotcloud run www dotcloud ssh myapp.www

Other changes include:

  • dotcloud push now defaults to rsync. If you want to use git or hg then you must explicitly flag this during creation or connection or pushes:

    # any one of these three will use git for pushes instead of rsync
    dotcloud create --git MY_APP
    dotcloud connect --git
    dotcloud push --git
  • dotcloud ssh no longer exists. The behavior of the command can be reproduced using the following command:

    dotcloud run MY_SERVICE
  • dotcloud setup no longer requires you to enter your API key. See “Setup” section below.

  • dotcloud var has been renamed to dotcloud env

  • New commands have been added:
    • dotcloud check checks your installation and credentials

    • dotcloud activity displays your recent activity on dotCloud.

    • dotcloud deploy deploys a specific revision of your application

    • dotcloud dlist lists your recent deployments.

    • dotcloud dlogs allows you to review past and running deployment logs

    • dotcloud revisions displays all the known revisions of the application.

    • dotcloud connect/disconnect: Links or unlinks the current

      directory to a dotCloud application. See below “Working with your application”.

  • Colored output!


First, you have to configure your CLI by providing your dotCloud credentials:

dotcloud setup

You’re asked to provide your username and password for dotCloud, to register the new CLI client as a dotCloud REST API consumer. You can also use your email, instead of your username.

The CLI won’t save this credentials locally - instead, it will save the OAuth2 access token in the local disk. Once the setup is complete, you can run the check command to see if everything is configured correctly:

dotcloud check

If this fails, try removing the directory ~/.dotcloud_cli and start over from the setup.

Working with your application

cd ~/dev
mkdir myapp
(write some code)

Once you’ve done writing your awesome application, run the create command:

dotcloud create myapp

You will notice that the CLI asks you if you want to connect the current working directory to the remote application. This allows you to omit the application name when typing commands from now on.

Running commands

To push the code to the dotCloud platform, simply type:

dotcloud push

and it will upload the code from the current directory to the application. You can see the currently connected application by typing:

dotcloud app

You can see the list of commands by running dotcloud -h.

If you typed n when asked to connect the current directory, then the CLI will not find the application name for the commands. You can specify the application name in such case, using the --application (or -A for short) option:

dotcloud -A myapp info

You can also use this option when you want to run commands against the application that you don’t have the working directory for.

Connecting your app

Similarly, if you already have a working directory and a dotcloud remote application and want to connect them together, instead of creating a new application, run the connect command:

cd ~/dev/myapp
dotcloud connect myapp

It will link your current working directory with the (existing) dotcloud application myapp. You can revert this operation using dotcloud disconnect in your application directory.