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Rainbow CLI: Getting Started

Welcome to the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Rainbow CLI application!

The Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise (ALE) Rainbow CLI application is a shell tool for connecting to Rainbow and doing administrative tasks.


This Rainbow CLI application is based on the Rainbow SDK for Node.js. It's a desktop application.

Its powerfull CLI commands enable you to connect to Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Rainbow and do a lot of administrative tasks.

This documentation will help you to use it.


This section lists the prerequisites for using the Rainbow CLI application.

Node.JS Support

Node.JS must be installed on your computer.

The Rainbow CLI application is supported only when using a Node.JS LTS version.

Operating systems support

OS Details
Windows Starting Windows 7 - all versions
MacOS Starting MacOS 10.11
Linux Debian, Ubuntu

Note: Others Linux distributions can be used but without support.

Rainbow Application ID and Secret Key

The Rainbow CLI is free of charge when using on the Rainbow Sandbox developers platform. No application ID and secret key is needed to connect to that platform. So, you can manage for free your application and tests accounts when developing your application on the Sandbox platform.

To connect to the Rainbow production platform for doing the same or much more like provisionning users, managing your company, the Rainbow CLI needs an application ID and a secret key.

To get your application ID and secret key:

  • Connect to the Rainbow HUB with your Rainbow developer account,

  • Create a new application and deploy it,

  • Get the associated application ID and secret key

  • Inject it to your Rainbow CLI application either using command rbw configure or command rbw set keys.

Note: Application ID and secret key will be mandatory to connect to Rainbow production platform on September'18. You will be able to create your application ID and secret key starting July'18.

Rainbow account

Your need a Rainbow account to use the Rainbow CLI application. Most of the administrative commands need a company_admin or a organisation_admin role.

You can test it on the Sandbox Developer Platform or on Rainbow official if you have an admin role for your company or your organization. Please contact the Rainbow support team if you need an account on the Sandbox Developer Platform.


You must install the Rainbow CLI application globally on your computer to be able to launch it from any directories.

Open a shell console and execute the following command:

$ npm install -g rainbow-cli

Notice: Node.JS must be installed first.


Once the Rainbow CLI application is installed, you can launch commands using the following syntax:

$ rbw <command> [<option>...]

Each command returns an exit status code:

  • 0 if the command finished successfully

  • 1 if the command failed

Read the next paragraph for the complete list of available commands

Role and profile

Depending the role and profile associated to your Rainbow account, you can have access to more or less commands.


To know the list of commands available, use the following command:

$ rbw commands

Help on commands

To get help on a command and display the list of available options, use the following syntax:

$ rbw <command> --help

Configure the Rainbow CLI and connect to Rainbow

For general use, the Rainbow CLI configure command is the fastest way to set up your connection information.

$ rbw configure

The Rainbow CLI will prompt you for information such as the host to connect, the login information, the proxy parameter and your application ID and secret for connecting to the Rainbow production platform.

Note: At this time of writing, application ID and secret are not mandatory to connect to the Rainbow production platform.

Once configured, use the command login to connect to Rainbow.

$ rbw login


By default, Rainbow CLI displays commands output in a pretty well format to the console.

You can get a JSON stringified result by adding the option --json to your command. In that case, only the result of the command is prompted in JSON.

The following sample shows how to get a user information from Rainbow CLI, pass the data as an argument to an other Node.JS application that will retrieve the field loginEmail from that user.

Here is the code of the second Node.JS application that will handle the loginEmail

// file displayLogin.js
#!/usr/bin/env node

// Keep stdin open and wait for data

let data = "";

// Get result asynchronously
process.stdin.on('data', function(chunk) {
    data += chunk;

process.stdin.on('end', function() {

    // Do something with the data received
    let json = JSON.parse(data);
    let loginEmail = json.loginEmail;

    // eg: Display the login email to the console
    console.log("Found", loginEmail);


This command will retrieve the user from Rainbow CLI and pass the information to the second application

rbw user 58e36805d45e61221b571363 --json | node displayLogin.js


In case of issue, you can have more information on what happens by adding the option -v or --verbose to any command

rbw user 58e36805d45e61221b571363 --verbose

Beta disclaimer

Please note that this is a Beta version of the Rainbow CLI application which is still undergoing final testing before its official release. The Rainbow CLI application and the documentation are provided on a "as is" and "as available" basis. Before releasing the official release, all these content can change depending on the feedback we receive in one hand and the developpement of the Rainbow official product in the other hand.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise will not be liable for any loss, whether such loss is direct, indirect, special or consequential, suffered by any party as a result of their use of the Rainbow CLI application, the application sample software or the documentation content.

If you encounter any bugs, lack of functionality or other problems regarding the Rainbow CLI application, the application samples or the documentation, please let us know immediately so we can rectify these accordingly. Your help in this regard is greatly appreciated.

Last updated February, 07th 2018


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