Command line
Installation and setup

Installation and setup

Getting started

The Coder CLI is automatically injected and authenticated inside of all Coder workspaces.

You can also use the CLI on your local machine. To do so, you'll need to download, install, and authenticate the CLI with Coder.


The version numbering for CLI releases mirrors the version numbering for Coder releases. Download the CLI release whose version number matches your Coder version number.

Homebrew (Mac, Linux)

brew install cdr/coder/coder-cli

Download (Linux, Mac)

Download releases from GitHub:

  1. Click a release and download the tar file for your operating system (ex: coder-cli-linux-amd64.tar.gz)
  2. Extract the coder binary and copy it to a location you've added to your PATH environment variable

Download (Windows)

  1. Click a release (e.g., coder-cli-windows.zip) and download the file
  2. Unzip the file
  3. Copy the file to a location of your choosing (e.g., %USERPROFILE%\bin).
  4. On the command-line interface, execute coder.exe login

Make sure that your user's PATH environment variable contains the location you chose in step 3.


Once you've installed the CLI, authenticate the client with your Coder account.

coder login [https://coder.domain.com]

If you're logged into Coder via your web browser, the process will open a new browser window that displays a session token. Copy the token, and paste it into the terminal prompt.

Static authentication

To support cases where the browser-based authentication flow isn't appropriate, such as in CI/CD pipelines, the Coder CLI can also be authenticated with the CODER_TOKEN and CODER_URL environment variables.

Generate a static authentication token with the following command:

coder tokens create my-token


To update the CLI to the version corresponding to your current Coder deployment, run (you will be asked to confirm all changes before they're performed):

coder update

The coder update command accepts the following arguments:

  • --coder: specify the Coder instance the CLI should use to query the version
  • --version: specify the version that the CLI should download and upgrade to
  • --force: omit prompts asking for change confirmations

Note: Coder CLI will not update if it is located under /var/tmp/coder or C:\Windows.

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