CLI Documentation

Akamai CLI

Use the Akamai CLI to configure our platform and products directly from the command line. You can install ready-to-use product packages or build your own custom solutions to manage from the CLI.


  1. Simple task-oriented interface

  2. Consistent user experience across all Akamai products

  3. Wide range of supported packages and capabilities

  4. Extensible CLI packages with supported programming languages such as Go, Python, and JavaScript

Available Packages

Browse the list of available packages.

Install Akamai CLI

Akamai CLI doesn't have any dependencies and is quick to install. However, you may need an additional runtime for packages depending on the programming language they are based on.

Install Akamai CLI by downloading a release binary. See instructions for various operating systems.

You can also use Homebrew, Docker, or compile from source.

Install from binaries

Follow the instructions for your operating system.

Linux and macOS

Once you download the appropriate binary for your system, make it executable, and optionally make it available in your $PATH. Run the following commands:

$ chmod +x ~/Downloads/akamai-<VERSION>-<PLATFORM>

$ mv ~/Downloads/akamai-<VERSION>-<PLATFORM> /usr/local/bin/akamai



Once you download the appropriate binary for your system, simply execute the binary from the command line. For example:

$ akamai.exe help

Install with Homebrew

You can also install Akamai CLI using the Homebrew package manager. If you haven’t used it before, check Homebrew documentation for system requirements and read the installation guide.

Once set up, simply run:

$ brew install akamai

This command compiles and globally installs the binary with all necessary dependencies.

Install with Docker

A container with Akamai CLI and pre-installed public packages is also available in Docker.

All images are built using Docker files from the akamai-docker repository.

You can find all Akamai builds on Docker Hub.

To start, create and run the container with Akamai Development Environment:

$ docker run -it -v $HOME/.edgerc:/root/.edgerc:ro akamai/shell

Note: This mounts your local `$HOME/.edgerc` into the container. To change the local path, modify the `-v` argument.

The akamai command and basic packages are already installed. See the akamai-docker repository for more details.

If you want to open Akamai Development Environment when calling the akamai command, add the following line to your .bashrc, .bash_profile, or .zshrc files:

alias akamai='docker run -it -v $HOME/.edgerc:/root/.edgerc:ro akamai/shell'

If you want to use a local .akamai-cli directory to configure and manage your installed packages, modify the -v argument:

$ docker run -it -v $HOME/.akamai-cli:/cli/.akamai-cli akamai/shell

This command installs the CLI and persists the configuration and packages in $HOME/.akamai-docker directory.

Compile from Source

Prerequisite: Make sure you install Go 1.14 or later.

To compile Akamai CLI from source:

1. Change the working directory:

$ cd $GOPATH

2. Fetch the package:

$ git clone

3. Go to the package directory:

$ cd cli

4. Compile the binary:

  • For Linux, macOS, and other Unix-based systems, run: go build -o cli/main.go

  • For Windows, run: go build -o akamai.exe cli/main.go

5. Move the akamai or akamai.exe binary so that it's available in your $PATH.

API credentials

Akamai-branded packages use a .edgerc file for standard EdgeGrid authentication. By default, CLI looks for credentials in your $HOME directory.

You can override both the file location or the credentials section by passing the --edgerc or --section flags to each command.

To set up your .edgerc file, see Get started with APIs.


Unless you installed Akamai CLI with Homebrew, you can enable automatic check for updates when you run Akamai CLI v0.3.0 or later for the first time.

If a new version is available, CLI prompts you to download it. Akamai CLI automatically checks the new version's SHA256 signature to verify it is not corrupt. After the update, your original command executes using the new version.

For information on manual upgrade and the supported Homebrew command, see akamai upgrade in the Built-in Commands section.

How to Use Akamai CLI

All CLI commands start with the akamai binary, followed by a command, and optionally an action or other arguments.

akamai [command] [action] [arguments...]


Built-in commands

Use the following commands to manage packages and the toolkit:

  • help
    akamai help shows basic usage info and available commands. To learn more about a specific command, run akamai help <command> [sub-command]

  • list
    the akamai list command shows a list of available commands. If a command doesn't display, ensure the binary is executable and in your $PATH.

  • install
    This installs new packages from a git repository.
    akamai install <package name or repository URL> downloads and installs the command repository to the $HOME/.akamai-cli directory.
    For Github repositories, specify user/repo or organization/repo. For official Akamai packages, you can omit the  akamai/cli- prefix. For example, to install akamai/cli-property, it's enough to run property

These examples all install Akamai CLI for Property Manager from Github using various aliases:
akamai install property

akamai install akamai/cli-property

akamai install

The install command accepts more than one argument, so you can install many packages at once using any of these types of syntax.

  • uninstall
    To remove all the package files you installed with akamai install, run akamai uninstall <command>, where <command> is any command within that package.
    The uninstall command accepts more than one argument, so you can uninstall many packages at once.

  • update
    To update a package you installed with akamai install, run akamai update <command>, where <command> is any command within that package.
    You can specify multiple packages to update at once.
    If you don't specify additional arguments, akamai update updates all packages installed with akamai install.

  • upgrade
    Manually upgrade Akamai CLI to the latest version.
    If you installed Akamai CLI with Homebrew, run this command instead:
    $ brew upgrade akamai

  • search
    Search all the packages published on for the submitter string. Searches apply to the package name, alias, and description. Search results appear in the console output.

  • config
    View or modify the configuration settings that drive the common CLI behavior. Akamai CLI maintains a local configuration file in its root directory. The config command supports these sub-commands:

    • get

    • set

    • list

    • unset or rm

Installed commands

These commands depend on your installed packages. To use an installed command, run akamai <command> <action> [arguments], for example:

akamai property create

For the list of supported commands, see the documentation for your package.

Custom commands

Akamai CLI provides a framework for writing custom CLI commands. See other sections in this documentation to learn how to contribute, create custom packages and build commands.

Before you start to build your own commands, make sure you meet these prerequisites:

  1. The package is available through a Git repository that supports standard SSH public key authentication.

  2. The executable is named akamai-<command> using dashed-lowercase, or akamai<Command> using camelCase.

  3. Verify that akamai-command help works for you. Ideally, CLI should allow for akamai-command help <sub-command>.

  4. If you're using Akamai APIs, the executable must support the .edgerc format, and must support both --edgerc and --section flags.

  5. If an action fails to complete, the executable exits with a non-zero status code.

As long as the result is executable, you can use any of the supported languages to build your commands, including Python, Go, and JavaScript.


To see additional log information, prepend AKAMAI_LOG=<logging-level> to any CLI command. You can specify one of the following logging levels:

  • fatal

  • error

  • warn

  • info

  • debug

For example, to see extra debug information while updating the property package, run:

AKAMAI_CLI_LOG=debug akamai update property

Each level is a progressive superset of all previous tiers. The output for debug also includes fatal, error, warn, and info logs.

If you want to redirect logs to a file, use the AKAMAI_CLI_LOG_PATH environmental variable. For example:

AKAMAI_CLI_LOG=debug AKAMAI_CLI_LOG_PATH=akamai.log akamai update property


Akamai CLI supports the following package managers that help you automatically install package dependencies:

  • Python: pip (using requirements.txt)

  • Go: go modules

  • JavaScript: npm and yarn

If you want to use other languages or package managers, make sure you include all dependencies in the package repository.

Command package metadata

The package you install needs a cli.json file. This is where you specify the command language runtime version and define all commands included in the package.


  • requirements: Specifies the runtime requirements. You may specify a minimum version number or use the * wildcard for any version. Possible requirements are:

    • go

    • node

    • python

  • commands: Lists commands included in the package.

    • name: The command name, used as the executable name.

    • aliases: An array of aliases that invoke the same command.

    • version: The command version.

    • description: A short description for the command.

    • bin: A URL to fetch a binary package from if it cannot be installed from source.
      The bin URL may contain the following placeholders:

      • {{.Version}}: The command version.

      • {{.Name}}: The command name.

      • {{.OS}}: The current operating system, either windows, mac, or linux.

      • {{.Arch}}: The current OS architecture, either 386 or amd64.

      • {{.BinSuffix}}: The binary suffix for the current OS: .exe for windows.



  "requirements": {

    "go": "1.8.0"


  "commands": [


      "name": "purge",

      "version": "0.1.0",

      "description": "Purge content from the Edge",

      "bin": "{{.Version}}/akamai-{{.Name}}-{{.OS}}{{.Arch}}{{.BinSuffix}}"