A unified CLI for the Axway AMPLIFY platform.


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Thank you for your interest in the AMPLIFY CLI.

The AMPLIFY CLI is deprecated in favor of the new Axway CLI.

To install the Axway CLI, run: npm i -g axway.

Thank you!


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


The AMPLIFY CLI requires Node.js 8.10.0 or newer.


npm install --global @axway/amplify-cli

macOS and Linux Users

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

sudo npm install --global @axway/amplify-cli

Quick Start

Show all available commands:


Log into the Axway AMPLIFY platform:

amplify auth login

List available packages:

amplify pm search [keyword]

Install a package:

amplify pm install [package-name]


AMPLIFY 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 AMPLIFY CLI banner is suppressed. The only indication an extension CLI has that it's being run by the AMPLIFY CLI is the AMPLIFY_CLI environment variable containing the AMPLIFY 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 AMPLIFY 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'

:bulb: 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 AMPLIFY 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"

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

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 AMPLIFY CLI, simply run:

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

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

Step 5

Run your CLI!

$ amplify 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 AMPLIFY CLI.

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

$ amplify pm install <name>

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

:bulb: Note that the AMPLIFY CLI package manager allows for multiple versions of a package to be installed simultaneously, however only one is the "active" version. Run the amplify pm ls command to see which versions are installed and run the amplify 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.

:warning: Note that while each property is optional, the "cli-kit" property MUST exist in order for the AMPLIFY 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.

:bulb: 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 amplify 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.

If you find any bugs or have a feature request, please open an issue on github!

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