17. Digital Rebar Provision Command Line Interface (CLI)

The Digital Rebar Provision Command Line Interface (drpcli) prevents a simplified way to interact with the Digital Rebar Provision API.

17.1. Overview

The CLI provides help for commands and follows a pattern of chained parameters with a few flags for additional modifications.

Some examples are:

drpcli bootenvs list
drpcli subnets get mysubnet
drpcli preferences set defaultBootEnv discovery

The drpcli has help at each layer of command and is the easiest way to figure out what can and can not be done.

drpcli help
drpcli bootenvs help

Each object in the Data Architecture has a CLI subcommand.


VERY IMPORTANT - the update commands use the PATCH operation for the objects in the Digital Rebar Provision API. This has the implication that for map like components (Params sections of Machine and Profile) the contents are merged with the existing object. For the Params sections specifically, use the subaction params to replace contents.

By default, the CLI will attempt to access the dr-provision API endpoint on the localhost at port 8092 with the username and password of rocketskates and r0cketsk8ts, respectively. All three of these values can be provided by environment variable or command line flag.

Option Environment Variable Flag Format
Username RS_KEY -P or –password String, but when part of RS_KEY it is: username:password
Password RS_KEY -U or –username String, but when part of RS_KEY it is: username:password
Token RS_TOKEN N/A Base64 encoded string from a generate token API call.
Endpoint RS_ENDPOINT -E or –endpoint URL for access, https://IP:PORT. e.g.


It is necessary to specify either a username and password or a token.

Another useful flag is –format. this will change the tool output to YAML instead of JSON. This can be helpful when editing files by hand. e.g. –format yaml

For Bash users, the drpcli can generate its own bash completion file. Once generated, it is necessary to restart the terminal/shell or reload the completions.


sudo drpcli autocomplete /etc/bash_completion.d/drpcli
. /etc/bash_completion


Assuming that Brew is in use to update and manage bash and bash autocompletion.

sudo drpcli autocomplete /usr/local/etc/bash_completion.d/drpcli
. /usr/local/etc/bash_completion

17.2. Commands

CLI Commands