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Axway CLI

The Axway CLI is the unified CLI for the Axway Amplify platform.


The Axway CLI requires Node.js 12.13.0 or newer.


npm install -g axway

macOS and Linux Users

Due to file permissions, when installing the Axway CLI globally, you may need to prefix the command above with sudo:

sudo npm install -g axway

Quick Start

Show all available commands:


Log into the Axway Amplify platform:

axway auth login

List available packages:

axway pm search [keyword]

Install a package:

axway pm install [package-name]

List config settings:

axway config ls

Set a config setting:

axway config set <name> <value>

Config Settings

Name Type Default Description
auth.clientId string "amplify-cli" The global client ID to use when authenticating. You can be logged into multiple different client IDs at the same time.
auth.serverHost string "localhost" The hostname the local web server should listen on and await the successful login browser redirect.
auth.serverPort number 3000 The port number the local web server should listen on and await the successful login browser redirect. Must be between1024 and 65535.
auth.tokenRefreshThreshold number 0 The number of seconds before the access token expires and should be refreshed. As long as the refresh token is not expired, a new access token can be retrieved. This setting is only useful if the access token is still valid, but almost expired and you need a valid access token for an operation in the near future. Must be a non-negative integer.
auth.tokenStoreType string "secure"

The type of store to persist the access token after authenticating.

Allowed values:

  • "auto" : Attempts to use the "secure" store, but falls back to "file" if secure store is unavailable.
  • "secure" : Encrypts the access token and using a generated key which is stored in the system's keychain.
  • "file" : Encrypts the access token using the embedded key.
  • "memory" : Stores the access token in memory instead of on disk. The access tokens are lost when the process exits. This is intended for testing purposes only.
  • "null" : Disables all forms of token persistence and simply returns the access token. Subsequent calls to login in the same process will force the authentication flow. This is intended for migration scripts and testing purposes only.
extensions.<name> string The path to an Axway CLI extension. The "name" is the command name and is displayed in the Axway CLI's list of commands. The value is a path to the extension which can be a Node.js package directory or an executable. If the path is a Node.js package, then the "name" is from the package.json is used. Any alpha-numeric name is acceptable except "auth", "config", and "pm".
network.caFile string The path to a PEM formatted certificate authority bundle used to validate untrusted SSL certificates.
network.proxy string

The URL of the proxy server. This proxy server URL is used for both HTTP and HTTPS requests.

Note: If the proxy server uses a self signed certifcate, you must specify the network.caFile, set network.strictSSL to false, or set the environment variable NODE_TLS_REJECT_UNAUTHORIZED=0.

network.strictSSL bool true Enforces valid TLS certificates on all outbound HTTPS requests. Set this to false if you are behind a proxy server with a self signed certificate.
update.check bool true Enables automatic Axway CLI and package update checks.

Update Checks

The Axway CLI checks for package updates for the Axway CLI and all installed CLI extensions every hour. If there are any available updates, a message is displayed once per hour. The update checks can be disabled by running: axway config set update.check false.


The Axway CLI has a telemetry system that collects anonymous data which is used to improve Axway products. We use this data to determine product roadmaps, feature deprecations, and crash reporting.

Data collected includes your operating system, CPU architecture, Node.js version, Axway CLI version, installed CLI extensions, command invoked, and randomly generated machine and session ids. Sensitive information including your username, email address, and paths are redacted.

Axway does not collect your personal information, link your activity to your Axway account, capture environment variables, or unique machine identifiers such as the MAC address or serial number.

Telemetry is disabled by default. You can enable telemetry by running axway telemetry --enable or disable it by running axway telemetry --disable.

Telemetry is always disabled if the environment variable AXWAY_TELEMETRY_DISABLED=1 is set or when running from a well known continuous integration environment.


Axway CLI is a unified CLI and provides a main entry point for invoking other local CLI programs. These other CLIs are called "extensions". Extension CLIs can be a npm package, a single Node.js JavaScript file, or a native executable.

With the exception of cli-kit enabled CLIs, all extension CLIs are run as subprocesses and the Axway CLI banner is suppressed. The only indication an extension CLI has that it's being run by the Axway CLI is the AXWAY_CLI environment variable (also AMPLIFY_CLI for backwards compatibility) containing the Axway CLI's version.

cli-kit enabled CLIs are directly loaded via require() and the exported CLI structure is merged with the parent CLI command context tree. This promotes efficient reuse parser state and provides a seamless user experience.

If an extension is a npm package, the Axway CLI will automatically invoke it using the Node.js executable. Specifying the extension as node /path/to/script.js will treat the extension as a native executable.

Creating an Extension CLI

Step 1

Create a new Node.js project as you normally would. Add cli-kit to your project:

$ yarn add cli-kit --save

Step 2

You will need to create at least 2 JavaScript files: one that defines the CLI structure (cli.js) and one that executes it (main.js).

cli.js exports the definition of your CLI structure including its commands and options.

import CLI from 'cli-kit';

export default new CLI({
	banner: 'My Amazing CLI, version 1.2.3',
	commands: {
		profit: {
			async action({ argv, console }) {
				console.log(`It works{argv.turbo ? ' and it\'s super fast' : ''}!`);
			desc: 'make it rain'
	desc: '',
	help: true,
	helpExitCode: 2,
	name: 'mycli',
	options: {
		'--turbo': 'go faster'

💡 You may also export your CLI using the CommonJS method where module.exports = new CLI();.

main.js imports your cli.js and executes it as well as defines your global error handler.

import cli from './cli';

	.catch(err => {
		const exitCode = err.exitCode || 1;

		if (err.json) {
				code: exitCode,
				result: err.toString()
			}, null, 2));
		} else {
			console.error(err.message || err);


While not required, you probably will also want to add a bin script to your project so you can run your CLI outside of the Axway CLI:

#!/usr/bin/env node

Step 3

Edit your package.json and set the following "keywords", "amplify", and "cli-kit" top-level property:

  "keywords": [
  "amplify": {
    "type": "amplify-cli-plugin"
  "cli-kit": {
    "description": "This description is optional and overrides the top-level description",
    "main": "./path/to/cli"

⚠️ the "main" must point to the script exporting the CLI definition (cli.js), not the main or bin script.

If your extension has multiple entrypoints, you can define them as "exports":

  "cli-kit": {
    "description": "This description is optional and overrides the top-level description",
    "exports": {
		"foo": "./path/to/foo-cli",
		"bar": "./path/to/bar-cli"

When an extension CLI is loaded, the contents of the "cli-kit" property is merged on top of the entire package.json definition. This allows you to override the name and description.

Step 4

To register your CLI with the Axway CLI, simply run:

$ axway config set extensions.mycli /path/to/package

💡 Note that the extension path should be to your local project directory containing the package.json.

Step 5

Run your CLI!

$ axway mycli profit --turbo
It works and it's super fast!

Publishing Your CLI

Publish your CLI as you normally would using npm publish. To install your CLI, you could npm install -g <name>, but then you would also have to manually register it with the Axway CLI.

The recommended way to install your CLI package is to use teh Axway CLI package manager:

$ axway pm install <name>

This will not only download and install the package, including dependencies, but also automatically register it with the Axway CLI.

💡 Note that the Axway CLI package manager allows for multiple versions of a package to be installed simultaneously, however only one is the "active" version. Run the axway pm ls command to see which versions are installed and run the axway pm use <name>@<version> command to switch the active version.

cli-kit package.json Properties

Below are the supported "cli-kit" properties in the package.json.

⚠️ Note that while each property is optional, the "cli-kit" property MUST exist in order for the Axway CLI to detect the Node.js package as

Name Type Description
name String The primary name of the CLI command that will be visible in the help. This is especially useful when the package name is a scoped package. Defaults to the original package name.
description String A brief description to show on the help screen. Defaults to the original package description
main String A path relative to the package.json to the main JavaScript file. It is critical that this file exports a CLI object.
aliases Array<String> An array of names that will invoke the extension CLI. These are not displayed on the help screen.

💡 Note about aliases:

If the npm package's package.json has a bin that matches original package name, but differs from the "cli-kit" extension name, then the bin name is automatically added to the list of aliases.

Renaming Your CLI

Should the name of your extension CLI product change, you simply need to update the "name" in the package.json. It is highly recommended you add an alias for the previous name:

	"name": "mynewcli",
	"cli-kit": {
		"aliases": [ "myoldcli" ]

Afterwards, publish the new product. The Registry Server will automatically register your new extension CLI.

Note that commands such as axway pm update will not resolve the new product name. Users will need to explicitly install the new extension CLI.


This project is open source under the Apache Public License v2 and is developed by Axway, Inc and the community. Please read the LICENSE file included in this distribution for more information.



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