Supported output formats for Azure Sphere CLI

Azure Sphere CLI supports several formats in which the data can be viewed. By default, it uses table as the default format for displaying the CLI output, but also supports other formats.


  • The output displayed for a command may vary for different output type.

The argument values and the output types are:

Output format Description
table ASCII table with keys as column headings. This is the default format.
json JSON string.
jsonc Colorized JSON.
yaml YAML, a machine-readable alternative to JSON.
yamlc Colorized YAML.
tsv Tab-separated values, with no keys.
none No output other than errors and warnings.

Supported commands

You can specify the required output format for the command using --output, --out, or -o. If we’re missing a command that you need to script, let us know with azsphere feedback. It is supported for the following commands:

Table output format

The table format is the default format that prints output as an ASCII table, making it easy to read and scan. This format is best when you want a quick, human-searchable overview of data. It is useful for getting a summary of focused information, particularly for list commands.

azsphere tenant list --output table
 ------------------------------------ --------------------- -------------
 Id                                   Name                  Roles
 143adbc9-1bf0-4be2-84a2-084a331d81cb MyTenant               Contributor
 ------------------------------------ --------------------- -------------
 768c2cd6-059a-49ad-9f53-89f5271cea15 MyTenant1              Administrator
 ------------------------------------ --------------------- -------------

You can use the --query parameter to customize the properties and columns you want to show in the output. The following example shows how to select just the TenantID and Role in the list command.

azsphere tenant list --query '[].{TenantID:id, Role:roles}'
 ------------------------------------ -------------
 TenantID                             Role
 143adbc9-1bf0-4be2-84a2-084a331d81cb Contributor
 ------------------------------------ -------------
 183adhc9-a5c8-8he2-84a2-c4f00f73a471 Administrator
 ------------------------------------ -------------


  • Run the command in the JSON format to view the available property names to be used in the query. For example, when you run the azsphere tenant list --output json command, the output displays the names and values available for that command.
  • Nested objects, some keys, and fields are not printed in the table output by default. If you need to see these in your output, you can use the JMESPath re-keying feature to change the key name and avoid filtering. For more information about using queries to filter data, see Query CLI command output.

JSON output format

JSON output format includes all raw data and nested data in a structured format. We recommend using the JSON output for concise output and scripting purposes. This is only applicable when the command succeeds and returns 0.

The following example displays the list of tenants in the default JSON format.

azsphere tenant list --output json
    "id": "143adbc9-1bf0-4be2-84a2-084a331d81cb",
    "name": "MyTenant",
    "roles": [
    "id": "768c2cd6-059a-49ad-9f53-89f5271cea15",
    "name": "MyTenant1",
    "roles": [

YAML output format

The yaml format prints output as YAML, a plain-text data serialization format. YAML tends to be easier to read than JSON.

azsphere tenant list --output yaml
- id: 143adbc9-1bf0-4be2-84a2-084a331d81cb
  name: MyTenant
  - Contributor
- id: 768c2cd6-059a-49ad-9f53-89f5271cea15
  name: MyTenant1
  - Administrator
  - Contributor

TSV output format

The tsv output format returns tab-separated and newline-separated values without additional formatting, keys, or other symbols. The tsv output is similar to the table output but differs in the following ways:

  • Column headers are not displayed in the tsv output.
  • The table output displays list and tsv displays the length of a list.
  • Nested objects are not printed in the tsv output.
  • The tsv output is tab separated and does not scale to fit the terminal.
azsphere tenant list --output tsv
143adbc9-1bf0-4be2-84a2-084a331d81cb    MyTenant    1
768c2cd6-059a-49ad-9f53-89f5271cea15    MyTenant1    2