Install the CycleCloud CLI

The Azure CycleCloud Command Line Interface (CLI) provides console access to the CycleCloud application, making functions seen in the GUI available from the command line. It can be used to control CycleCloud and CycleCloud Clusters directly or via script.


The CycleCloud CLI requires an existing installation of Python 3.6 or later. While most Linux and Mac systems already have a valid Python 3 installation, you will need to install Python for Windows.

CycleCloud CLI Installer File

The CLI installer is distributed as part of the CycleCloud installation package. Click on the ? in the upper-right corner of the UI to access the about page. Use the Download CLI Tools button to perform an in-browser download.

Download CLI installer

Alternatively, it can be downloaded directly from the command line using this command. One may need to add the --no-check-certificate flag to the following wget command if the CycleCloud instance does not have a certificate matching its hostname.

wget https://<your CycleCloud domain name>/static/tools/

CycleCloud CLI Installation for Linux

Extract the contents of to a temporary directory:

cd /tmp
unzip /opt/cycle_server/tools/

This will create a sub-directory named cyclecloud-cli-installer. To complete the installation, run the script within the directory:

cd /tmp/cyclecloud-cli-installer

The CycleCloud CLI will be installed to ${HOME}/bin. Optionally, after installing the CLI, add the ${HOME}/bin directory to the PATH environment variable in your profile.

if [[ -d ${HOME}/bin ]]; then
  export PATH=${HOME}/bin:$PATH

CycleCloud CLI Installation for Windows

In Windows Explorer, copy the CLI installer zip file to a temporary directory such as Downloads or $env:TMP. Right click on the copy of and select Extract All. This will create a sub-folder named cyclecloud-cli-installer-<VERSION>.

Inside the cyclecloud-cli-installer-<VERSION> sub-folder, you will find a PowerShell script named install.ps1. Double click on the install.ps1 script to complete the CLI installation.

The CycleCloud CLI should now be available in the system PATH for new PowerShell or Command Prompt sessions.

Initialize CycleCloud CLI

Once the CLI has been installed, you'll need to connect it to your Azure CycleCloud server. The Azure CycleCloud CLI communicates with the server using a REST API and must be initialized with your Azure CycleCloud server URL:

  1. Initialize the server with cyclecloud initialize. You will be prompted for the CycleServer URL, which is the FQDN of your application server. Enter it in the format https://FQDN.
  2. The installed Azure CycleCloud server uses either a Let's Encrypt SSL certificate, or a self-signed certificate. Type yes when asked to allow the certificate.
  3. Log in with the same username and password used for the CycleCloud web interface.
  4. Test that the CycleCloud CLI is working with cyclecloud show_cluster.

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