The Docker Cloud CLIEstimated reading time: 4 minutes
Docker Cloud maintains a Command Line Interface (CLI) tool that you can use to interact with the service. We highly recommend installing the CLI, as it allows you to script and automate actions in Docker Cloud without using the web interface. If you only ever use the web interface, this is not necessary.
Install the docker-cloud CLI either by running a Docker container, or by using the package manager for your system.
Run the CLI in a Docker container
If you have Docker Engine installed locally, you can run the following
command in your shell regardless of which operating system you are using.
$ docker run dockercloud/cli -h
This command runs the
docker-cloud CLI image in a container for you. Learn
more about how to use this container
Install for Linux or Windows
- If you already have Python 2.x or 3.x installed, you probably have
setuptools, but need to upgrade per the instructions here.
The Docker Cloud CLI does not currently support Python 3.x.
we recommend using Python 2.x. To learn more, see the Python and CLI issues described in Known issues in Docker Cloud.
- If you do not have Python or
pipinstalled, you can either install Python or use this standalone pip installer. You do not need Python for our purposes, just
Now that you have
pip, open a shell or terminal
window and run the following command to install the docker-cloud CLI:
$ pip install docker-cloud
If you encounter errors on Linux machines, make sure that
installed. For example, on Ubuntu, run the following command:
$ apt-get install python-dev
Install on macOS
We recommend installing Docker CLI for macOS using Homebrew. If you don’t have
brew installed, follow the instructions here: http://brew.sh
Once Homebrew is installed, open Terminal and run the following command:
$ brew install docker-cloud
Note: You can also use pip to install on macOS, but we suggest Homebrew since it is a package manager designed for the Mac.
Validate the installation
Check that the CLI installed correctly:
$ docker-cloud -v docker-cloud 1.0.0
First, you should log in using the
docker CLI and the
docker login command.
Your Docker ID, which you also use to log in to Docker Hub, is also used for
logging in to Docker Cloud.
$ docker login Username: user Password: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Login succeeded!
See the Developer documentation for more information on using the CLI and our APIs.
Use the docker-cloud CLI with an organization
When you use the docker-cloud CLI, it authenticates against the Docker Cloud
service with the user credentials saved by the
docker login command. To use
the CLI to interact with objects belonging to an Organization, you
must override the
DOCKERCLOUD_NAMESPACE environment variable that sets this
$ export DOCKERCLOUD_NAMESPACE=myorganization
You can also set the
DOCKERCLOUD_NAMESPACE variable before each CLI command.
$ DOCKERCLOUD_NAMESPACE=myteam docker container ps
To learn more, see the Docker Cloud CLI README.
Upgrade the docker-cloud CLI
Periodically, Docker adds new features and fixes bugs in the existing CLI. To use these new features, you must upgrade the CLI.
Upgrade the docker-cloud CLI on Linux or Windows
$ pip install -U docker-cloud
Upgrade the docker-cloud CLI on macOS
$ brew update && brew upgrade docker-cloud
Uninstall the docker-cloud CLI
If you are having trouble using the docker-cloud CLI, or find that it conflicts with other applications on your system, you may want to uninstall and reinstall.
Uninstall on Linux or Windows
Open your terminal or command shell and execute the following command:
$ pip uninstall docker-cloud
Uninstall on macOS
Open your Terminal application and execute the following command:
cloud, command-line, CLI
$ brew uninstall docker-cloud