the first step in using the nebulactl CLI tool is to install it, you do that by running the following command on a 64bit Linux OS:

sudo wget -O  /usr/local/bin/nebulactl && sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/nebulactl

this install a single bin file in the /usr/local/bin path which makes it accessible from any path in the shell.


after installing "nebulactl" you have to configure it by pointing it to your cluster, you do it by running the following command

nebulactl login --username <root> --password <password> --host <> --port <80> --protocol <http/https>

or if you prefer a guided questions login just run:

nebulactl login 

either of this 2 methods creates a file in ~/.nebula.json with the login details, nebulactl checks this file every time it runs a command against the nebula API, also note that the file is per user so if you have multiple users you will have to either copy this file or run the nebulactl login command for each of them


the --help argument will give you the needed parameters for each command, most commands will also prompt interactively if a required parameter is missing to ease first time users.

nebulactl --help


  Connect to a Nebula orcherstrator management endpoint, Create Nebula apps
  and Manage them all from a simple CLI.

  --version  Show the version and exit.
  --help     Show this message and exit.

  apps           Manage nebula apps.
  cron-jobs      Manage nebula cron_jobs.
  device-groups  Manage nebula device_groups.
  login          login to nebula
  logout         logout of nebula, useful when you want to make sure to...
  ping           check nebula api responds
  prune          Prune images.
  reports        List nebula device reports.
  user-groups    Manage nebula user groups.
  users          Manage nebula users.