Azure Sphere CLI interactive mode (Preview)

Azure Sphere CLI supports interactive mode which provides an interactive environment to run Azure Sphere CLI commands, which is ideal for new users learning the CLI’s capabilities, command structures, and output formats. You can start the interactive mode using the azsphere interactive command in a command-line interface using PowerShell, Windows Command Prompt, or Bash shell. The command prompt changes to azsphere>> to indicate that you are now running commands in the interactive shell.

Azure Sphere interactive mode


This feature is in preview. It may be changed or removed in a future release.


Interactive mode optionally displays command descriptions, parameter descriptions, and command examples.

Option Description
F1 Turns descriptions and examples on or off.
F2 Turns the display of parameter defaults on or off.
F3 Toggles the display of some key gestures.
[Ctrl+D] Exits the interactive mode.

Azure Sphere interactive mode F1

Set scope

The interactive mode allows you to scope commands to a specific group of commands. If you only want to work with device certificate commands, you can use the following to set the right scope so that you don’t have to type device certificate with all subsequent commands.

For example, when you set the scope as %%device certificate:

azsphere>> %%device certificate
defaulting: device
defaulting: certificate
azsphere device certificate>>

To remove the scope enter, $ %% .. and to remove all scoping enter, %%.


The interactive mode lists examples for some commands contextually as you type the commands. If the command has too many examples to fit on the terminal window, you can look through all examples by scrolling through the example pane with CTRL+Y and CTRL+N for ‘up’ and ‘down’, respectively.

The interactive mode provides multiple ways to create and run the command. The example number is indicated in the example pane. You can select a specific one to view in the example pane. For example:

Azure Sphere interactive mode: multiple ways


The interactive mode displays the result for the entered command. It provides an autocomplete dropdown list box, auto cached suggestions, and dynamic documentation including examples of how each command is used. Parameter value completion is supported for the --application-update, --debug-mode, --device, --device-group, --enable-rt-core-debugging, --force, --full, --manual-start, --none, --os-feed, --product, --role, --state, --style, --targeted-scan, --temporary, --tenant, --type, and --user parameters.

Azure Sphere interactive mode: autocompletion

Frequently used commands

Interactive mode keeps track of previously typed commands and the most frequently used commands. The command is displayed when the initial characters are typed in command-prompt interface.

Exit code

The $ option allows you to see the exit code of the last ran command to verify it ran properly. For example:

azsphere>> $
Success: 0

Commands outside the interactive mode

Azure Sphere CLI interactive mode allows a user to run commands outside of Azure Sphere CLI without exiting the interactive mode by using #[command] in the command-line interface. For example:

azsphere>> #git --version
git version

Query Previous Command

You can run a JMESPath query on the results of the last command that you ran by using ?? followed by a JMESPath query. For instance after listing all products, you can run the query to list only the product names.

azsphere>> azsphere product list
 ------------------------------------ ------------------------------------ --------------- --------------------
 Id                                   TenantId                             Name            Description
 a2cd64be-adc2-4bfd-8f34-7d8c90293893 143adbc9-1bf0-4be2-84a2-084a331d81cb MyFridgeProduct None
 ------------------------------------ ------------------------------------ --------------- --------------------
 e5fe65f7-0df5-481e-9f4c-44b1a00d2d60 143adbc9-1bf0-4be2-84a2-084a331d81cb CoffeeMaker     None
 ------------------------------------ ------------------------------------ --------------- --------------------

The output for the jmespath query will be:

azsphere>> ??"[].{Productname:name}"
    "Productname": "MyFridgeProduct"
    "Productname": "CoffeeMaker"