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Akamai CLI

Akamai CLI is an ever-growing CLI toolkit for working with Akamai's API from the command line.


  • Simplicity
  • Feature-full
  • Consistent UX

Available Packages


Akamai CLI itself has no dependencies, but may rely on packages that can be written using any language and may require additional runtimes.

Download a Release Binary

The easiest way to install Akamai CLI is to download a release binary for your platform and follow the instructions for your platform below. There are no additional requirements.

Linux and macOS

Once you have downloaded the appropriate binary for your system, you must make it executable, and optionally move it somewhere within your path.

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


Once you have downloaded the appropriate binary for your system, no further actions
are required on your part, simply execute the binary from the command line.

Using Homebrew

If you are using macOS, you can also install using the Homebrew package manager:

$ brew install akamai

This will install all necessary dependencies, compile, and install the binary — which will then be available globally.

Using Docker

If you use (or want to use) docker, you can get a fully installed CLI instance by running:

$ docker run -ti akamaiopen/cli

The container contains Akamai CLI, as well as the purge and property subcommands pre-installed.

Note: When setting up your .edgerc, the purge subcommand defaults to the ccu credentials section, while the property subcommand uses the papi section. These can be changed using the --section flag.

Compiling from Source

If you want to compile it from source, you will need Go 1.7 or later, and the Glide package manager installed:

  1. Fetch the package:
    go get
  2. Change to the package directory:
    cd $GOPATH/src/
  3. Install dependencies using Glide:
    glide install
  4. Compile the binary:
    • Linux/macOS/*nix: go build -o akamai
    • Windows: go build -o akamai.exe
  5. Move the binary (akamai or akamai.exe) in to your PATH


Akamai CLI uses the standard Akamai OPEN credentials file, .edgerc. By default, it will look for credentials in your HOME directory.

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

To set up your credential file, see the authorization and credentials sections of the Get Started guide.


Akamai CLI can automatically check for newer versions (at most, once per day). You will be prompted to enable this feature the first time you run Akamai CLI v0.3.0 or later.

If a new version is found, you will be prompted to upgrade. Choosing to do so will download the latest version in-place, and your original command will then be executed using the new version.

Akamai CLI automatically checks the SHA256 signature of the new version to verify it's validity.

To manually upgrade, see akamai upgrade


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

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

Built-in commands


Calling akamai help will show basic usage info, and available commands. To learn more about a specific command, use akamai help <command> [sub-command].


Calling akamai list will show you a list of available commands. If a command is not shown, ensure that the binary is executable, and in your PATH.


The install command allows you to easily install new packages from a git repository.

Calling akamai install <package name or repository URL> will download and install the command repository to the $HOME/.akamai-cli directory.

For Github repositories, you can pass in user/repo or organization/repo. For official Akamai packages, you can omit the akamai/cli- prefix, so to install akamai/cli-property you can specify property.

For example, all of the following will install Akamai CLI for Property Manager from Github using various aliases:

akamai install property
akamai install akamai/cli-property
akamai install

You can specify multiple packages to install at once.


To uninstall a package installed with akamai install, you call akamai uninstall <command>, where <command> is any command within that package.

You can specify multiple packages to uninstall at once.


To update a package installed with akamai install, you call akamai update <command>, where <command> is any command within that package.

You can specify multiple packages to update at once.

Calling akamai update with no arguments will update all packages installed using akamai install


Manually upgrade Akamai CLI to the latest version.

Installed Commands

To call an installed command, use akamai <command> [args], e.g.

akamai property create

Custom commands

Akamai CLI also provides a framework for writing custom CLI commands. These commands are contained in packages, which may have one or more commands within it.

There are a few requirements:

  1. The package must be available via a Git repository (standard SSH public key authentication is supported)
  2. The executable must be named akamai-<command> or akamai<Command>
  3. Help must be visible when you run: akamai-command help and ideally, should allow for akamai-command help <sub-command>
  4. If using OPEN APIs, it must support the .edgerc format, and must support both --edgerc and --section flags
  5. If an action fails to complete, the executable should exit with a non-zero status code (however, akamai will only return 0 on success or 1 on failure)

You can use any language to build commands, so long as the result is executable — this includes PHP, Python, Ruby, Perl, Java, Golang, JavaScript, and C#.


Currently Akamai CLI supports automatically installing package dependencies using the following package managers:

  • PHP: composer
  • Python: pip (using requirements.txt)
  • Ruby: bundler
  • Golang: Glide
  • JavaScript: npm and yarn

For other languages or package managers, all dependencies must be included in the package repository (i.e. by vendoring).

Command Package Metadata

You must include a cli.json file to inform Akamai CLI about the command package and it's included commands.

cli.json allows you specify the command language runtime version, as well as define all commands included in package.

  "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}}"
  • requirements — specify runtime requirements. You may specify a minimum version number or use * for any version. Possible requirements are:
    • go
    • php
    • ruby
    • node
    • python
  • commands — A list of commands included in the package
    • name — The command name (used as the executable name)
    • aliases - An array of aliases that can be used to invoke the command
    • version — The command version
    • description - A short description of 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
    • Possible values are: windows, mac, or linux
  • {{.Arch}} — The current OS architecture
    • Possible values are: 386, amd64
  • {{.BinSuffix}} — The binary suffix for the current OS
    • Possible values are: .exe for windows


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