Deis Workflow CLI

The Deis Workflow command-line interface (CLI), or client, allows you to interact with Deis Workflow.


Install the latest deis client for Linux or Mac OS X with:

$ curl -sSL | bash -s v2.20.0

The installer puts deis in your current directory, but you should move it somewhere in your $PATH:

$ ln -fs $PWD/deis /usr/local/bin/deis

Getting Help

The Deis client comes with comprehensive documentation for every command. Use deis help to explore the commands available to you:

$ deis help
The Deis command-line client issues API calls to a Deis controller.

Usage: deis <command> [<args>...]

Auth commands::

  register      register a new user with a controller
  login         login to a controller
  logout        logout from the current controller

Subcommands, use `deis help [subcommand]` to learn more::

To get help on subcommands, use deis help [subcommand]:

$ deis help apps
Valid commands for apps:

apps:create        create a new application
apps:list          list accessible applications
apps:info          view info about an application
apps:open          open the application in a browser
apps:logs          view aggregated application logs
apps:run           run a command in an ephemeral app container
apps:destroy       destroy an application

Use `deis help [command]` to learn more

Support for Multiple Profiles

The CLI reads from the default client profile, which is located on your workstation at $HOME/.deis/client.json.

Easily switch between multiple Deis Workflow installations or users by setting the $DEIS_PROFILE environment variable or by using the -c flag.

There are two ways to set the $DEIS_PROFILE option.

  1. Path to a json configuration file.
  2. Profile name. If you set profile to just a name, it will be saved alongside the default profile, in $HOME/.deis/<name>.json.


$ DEIS_PROFILE=production deis login
Configuration saved to /home/testuser/.deis/production.json
$ DEIS_PROFILE=~/config.json deis login
Configuration saved to /home/testuser/config.json

The configuration flag works identically to and overrides $DEIS_PROFILE:

$ deis whoami -c ~/config.json
You are deis at

Proxy Support

If your workstation uses a proxy to reach the network where the cluster lies, set the http_proxy or https_proxy environment variable to enable proxy support:

$ export http_proxy="http://proxyip:port"
$ export https_proxy="http://proxyip:port"


Configuring a proxy is generally not necessary for local Minikube clusters.

CLI Plugins

Plugins allow developers to extend the functionality of the Deis Client, adding new commands or features.

If an unknown command is specified, the client will attempt to execute the command as a dash-separated command. In this case, deis resource:command will execute deis-resource with the argument list command. In full form:

$ # these two are identical
$ deis accounts:list
$ deis-accounts list

Any flags after the command will also be sent to the plugin as an argument:

$ # these two are identical
$ deis accounts:list --debug
$ deis-accounts list --debug

But flags preceding the command will not:

$ # these two are identical
$ deis --debug accounts:list
$ deis-accounts list