Install Sitecore Command Line Interface

Current version: 10.0

Sitecore Command Line Interface (CLI) is a tool you install in a terminal.


To upgrade an existing CLI installation, see Upgrade Sitecore Command Line Interface.

You can install Sitecore CLI as a local tool for individual projects or a global tool for all projects.


We do not recommend installing Sitecore CLI as a global tool. Different Sitecore instances might need different versions of the Sitecore CLI.

You must have .NET Core installed on your workstation before installing the Sitecore CLI. If you do not have the required version of .NET Core installed, you get the following message:

It was not possible to find any compatible framework version
The framework 'Microsoft.NETCore.App', version '<major.minor>' was not found.

To install Sitecore CLI as a local project tool:

  1. If you have not already done so, install Sitecore Management Services.

  2. Open a terminal with administrator privileges.

  3. Run the following commands to install Sitecore CLI:

    cd <project folder>
    dotnet new tool-manifest
    dotnet nuget add source -n Sitecore
    dotnet tool install Sitecore.CLI 

    Other developers working on the same project only need to run dotnet tool restore to install Sitecore CLI.

    To install the CLI globally, use the -g option when running the install command (not recommended).

    After the installation has been completed successfully, you will get the following message:

    You can invoke the tool from this directory using the following commands: 'dotnet tool run sitecore' or 'dotnet sitecore'.
    Tool 'sitecore.cli' {version information} was successfully installed. Entry is added to the manifest file {project-path}.config\dotnet-tools.json.

    The version displayed in the terminal is the latest official release available.

  4. To initialize your new project, run the following command in your project folder:

    dotnet sitecore init
  5. To verify that the Sitecore CLI works, go to your project folder in a terminal and type dotnet sitecore -h.

    If the Sitecore CLI is ready, you get the following message:

    Required command was not provided.
      sitecore.cli [options] [command]
      --version    Display version information
      login                  Authenticates the CLI to a Sitecore instance
      publish                Performs a publish operation on all content
      ser, serialization     Item serialization commands
      init                   Creates Sitecore configurations in the current directory

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