Command line interface

The storageos command line interface (CLI) is used to manage cluster-wide configuration.

It is highly recommended to install the CLI, since it can be used to generate a lot of useful information about your StorageOS cluster and significantly speed up resolution times for support issues.


# linux/amd64
curl -sSLo storageos \ \
    && chmod +x storageos \
    && sudo mv storageos /usr/local/bin/

# MacOS
curl -sSLo storageos \ \
    && chmod +x storageos \
    && sudo mv storageos /usr/local/bin/

You will need to provide the correct credentials to connect to the API. The default installation uses the storageos-api Secret to generate the first admin user. By default, it creates a single user with username storageos and password storageos:

export STORAGEOS_USERNAME=storageos
export STORAGEOS_PASSWORD=storageos

Run the CLI as a deployment in your cluster

This is a preferred installation method, since our support bundle generation software can automatically detect a deployment called “cli” and warn you if you do not have the CLI installed. You can run CLI commands with kubectl exec on your cli container.

kubectl apply -f the below YAML manifest to install.

apiVersion: apps/v1
kind: Deployment
  name: cli
  namespace: kube-system
    app: storageos-cli
    kind: storageos storageos storageos-cli
  replicas: 1
      app: storageos-cli
      name: storageos-cli
        app: storageos-cli
      - image: storageos/cli:v2.4.4
          - "/bin/sh"
          - "-c"
          - "while true; do sleep 3600; done"
        imagePullPolicy: IfNotPresent
        name: cli
        - containerPort: 5705
        - name: STORAGEOS_USERNAME
          value: storageos
        - name: STORAGEOS_PASSWORD
          value: storageos
          value: storageos:5705
      restartPolicy: Always

Run CLI as a container

You can also run the cli as a container in your Kubernetes cluster. Then exec into it to run commands.

kubectl -n kube-system run \
    --image storageos/cli:v2.4.4 \
    --restart=Never                          \
    --env STORAGEOS_ENDPOINTS=storageos:5705 \
    --env STORAGEOS_USERNAME=storageos       \
    --env STORAGEOS_PASSWORD=storageos       \
    --command cli                            \
    -- /bin/sh -c "while true; do sleep 100000; done"


$ storageos
Storage for Cloud Native Applications.

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User Subscription Agreement (EUSA) found at:

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  storageos [command]

Available Commands:
  apply       Make changes to existing resources
  attach      Attach a volume to a node
  create      Create new resources
  delete      Delete resources in the cluster
  describe    Fetch extended details for resources
  detach      Detach a volume from its current location
  get         Fetch basic details for resources
  help        Help about any command
  nfs         Make changes and attach nfs volumes
  update      Make changes to existing resources
  version     View version information for the StorageOS CLI

      --cache-dir string        set the directory used by the StorageOS CLI to cache data that can be used for future commands (default "/home/user/.cache/storageos")
  -c, --config string           specifies the config file path (default "/home/user/.config/storageos/config.yaml")
      --endpoints stringArray   set the list of endpoints which are used when connecting to the StorageOS API (default [http://localhost:5705])
  -h, --help                    help for storageos
  -n, --namespace string        specifies the namespace to operate within for commands that require one (default "default")
      --no-auth-cache           disable the CLI's caching of authentication sessions
  -o, --output string           specifies the output format (one of [json yaml text]) (default "text")
      --password string         set the StorageOS account password to authenticate with (default "storageos")
      --timeout duration        set the timeout duration to use for execution of the command (default 15s)
      --use-ids                 specify existing StorageOS resources by their unique identifiers instead of by their names
      --username string         set the StorageOS account username to authenticate as (default "storageos")

Additional help topics:
  storageos config-file View help information for using a configuration file
  storageos env         View documentation for configuration settings which can be set in the environment
  storageos exitcodes   View documentation for the exit codes used by the StorageOS CLI

Use "storageos [command] --help" for more information about a command.

Formatting CLI Output

StorageOS CLI output can be formatted using the --output option. The strings that are passed to --output are ‘json’, ‘yaml’ or ‘text’.


Command Subcommand Description
apply licence Make changes to existing resources.
attach Attach Volume to a node.
create namespace, policy-group, user, volume Create resources.
delete namespace, node, policy-group, user, volume Delete resources.
describe cluster, licence, namespace, node, policy-group, user, volume Show detailed view of resources.
detach Detach volume from a node.
get cluster, diagnostics, namespace, node, policy-group, user, volume List resources.
help Help
nfs attach, endpoint, exports Make changes to and attach nfs volumes
update volume Make changes to existing resources
version Show CLI version.

Source is available on Github.