Using the Command-line Interface

Each Metacloud project provides a command-line client that enables you to access the project API through easy-to-use, OpenStack commands. You can run the commands from the command line or include the commands within scripts to automate tasks.

Internally, each command uses cURL command-line tools, which embed API requests. OpenStack APIs are open-source, Python clients that run on Linux or Mac OS X systems. On some client commands, you can specify a --debug option to show the underlying API request for the command. This is a good way to become familiar with the API calls.

With the proper Metacloud credentials, you can run the CLI commands on any computer:

Prerequisites—You must prepare your environment to access the command-line interface:

As a cloud end user, you can also use the Metacloud Dashboard to provision your own resources within the limits set by administrators.