cci Command Line#
If you’re new to working with command line interfaces, the Install Visual Studio Code Trailhead module covers installing and opening a terminal window in Visual Studio Code.
After installing CumulusCI, use the
cci command in your terminal or command prompt to
interact with it.
On any platform, you can use the integrated terminal in Visual Studio
Code. Alternately, on macOS, access the terminal via
cmd.exe; or on Linux, use your preferred terminal
To see all available commands, type
cci in your terminal.
$ cci Usage: cci [OPTIONS] COMMAND [ARGS]... Options: --help Show this message and exit. Commands: error Get or share information about an error flow Commands for finding and running flows for a project org Commands for connecting and interacting with Salesforce orgs plan Commands for getting information about MetaDeploy plans project Commands for interacting with project repository configurations service Commands for connecting services to the keychain shell Drop into a Python shell task Commands for finding and running tasks for a project version Print the current version of CumulusCI
To retrieve information on a specific command, type
Let’s examine the
cci task command:
$ cci task Usage: cci task [OPTIONS] COMMAND [ARGS]... Commands for finding and running tasks for a project Options: --help Show this message and exit. Commands: doc Exports RST format documentation for all tasks info Displays information for a task list List available tasks for the current context run Runs a task
We can see that the
cci task command has many useful subcommands, such
cci task info.
List Tasks, Flows, and Plans#
CumulusCI ships with many standard tasks and flows. In addition, your project might have one or more MetaDeploy plans. The following commands list all available tasks, flows, and plans for a project:
$ cci task list $ cci flow list $ cci plan list
The tasks, flows, and plans listed are specific to the project directory
that you’re in when you run the command. For example, if you have a
custom flow defined in your
cumulusci.yml file for Project A, it will
only be listed if you run
cci flow list in Project A’s root
The tasks and flows are listed by their
group attribute as specified
cumulusci.yml file. It’s easy to edit these groups as you see
fit. Any modifications will be reflected in the
Task Info and Options#
For additional information on task
<name>, run either command:
$ cci task info <name> $ cci task run <name> --help
Information about specific tasks includes:
A description of the task.
The Python class associated with this task.
The syntax for running the command.
Any options accepted or required by the task.
Each option available for a given task also lists:
The syntax for the option (
Whether the option is required or optional.
A description of the option.
Let’s examine the
$ cci task info util_sleep util_sleep Description: Sleeps for N seconds Class: cumulusci.tasks.util.Sleep Command Syntax $ cci task run util_sleep Options --seconds SECONDS Required The number of seconds to sleep Default: 5
Flow Info and Options#
For additional information on flow
<name>, run either command:
$ cci flow info <name> $ cci flow run --help
Information about specific flows includes:
A description of the flow.
The ordered steps (and substeps) of a flow.
For example, listing the info for the
dev_org flow shows that it’s
composed of three subflows:
config_dev, and one task:
snapshot_changes. The tasks and flows
making up the three subflows are also listed.
$ cci flow info dev_org Description: Set up an org as a development environment for unmanaged metadata 1) flow: dependencies [from current folder] 1) task: update_dependencies 2) task: deploy_pre 2) flow: deploy_unmanaged 0) task: dx_convert_from when: project_config.project__source_format == "sfdx" and not org_config.scratch 1) task: unschedule_apex 2) task: update_package_xml when: project_config.project__source_format != "sfdx" or not org_config.scratch 3) task: deploy when: project_config.project__source_format != "sfdx" or not org_config.scratch 3.1) task: dx_push when: project_config.project__source_format == "sfdx" and org_config.scratch 4) task: uninstall_packaged_incremental when: project_config.project__source_format != "sfdx" or not org_config.scratch 3) flow: config_dev 1) task: deploy_post 2) task: update_admin_profile 4) task: snapshot_changes
Plan Info and Options#
Your project may have one or more defined MetaDeploy plans, though none
come preconfigured with CumulusCI. If you have plans, for additional
information on plan
<name>, run the following command:
$ cci plan info <name>
Information about specific plans includes:
Configuration settings (slug, tier, etc)
Plan preflight checks
Step preflight checks
An ordered list of steps
By default all of the above information is displayed. You can display
only the list of messages by using the command line option
The following example shows the output of a typical plan, in this case a plan named ‘config’.
$ cci plan info config Config Key Value ────────────────────── YAML Key config Slug config Tier secondary Hidden? No Messages Type Message ────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Title Express Setup Configuration Plan Preflight This will install metadata configurations into your org. Post-install Thanks for installing Advisor Link. Visit the Trailblazer Community for any questions about Advisor Link. Error If you experience an issue with the installation, please post in the Trailblazer Community. Plan Preflights Action Message When ────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── error My Domain must be enabled in '.my.' not in your org before installation. org_config.instance_url error Chatter must be enabled in your not org before installation. tasks.check_chatter_enabled() error Enhanced Notes must be enabled not in your org before installation. tasks.check_enhanced_notes_enab… Step Preflights Step Action Message When ────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── 4 skip 'PID_Customer_Community_Plus' not in tasks.get_available_licenses() 5 skip 'PID_Customer_Community_Plus_Login' not in tasks.get_available_licenses() Steps Step Name Required Recommended ────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── 1 Express Setup - Additional Unpackaged No Yes Metadata 2 Express Setup - Sample Reports and No Yes Dashboards 3 Express Setup - Lightning App and Advisor No Yes Profile 4 Express Setup - Advisee Profile No Yes 5 Express Setup - Advisee Portal Profile No Yes 6 Express Setup - Permission Sets No Yes 7 Express Setup - Advisor Sharing Metadata No Yes
Run Tasks and Flows#
Execute a specific task or flow with the
$ cci task run <name> --org <org> [options] $ cci flow run <name> --org <org> [options]
This command runs the task or flow
<name> against the org
You can see a list of available orgs by running
cci org list.
For example, the
run_tests task executes Apex unit tests in a given
org. Assuming there exists an org named
dev, you can run this task
against it with the command
cci task run run_tests --org dev.
Get Help Running Tasks#
If you’re not certain about what a specific command does, use the
--help flag to get more information.
$ cci task info <name> --help
--help flag is specified for a command, the output includes:
A usage statement featuring the syntax that executes the command.
A description of the command.
The list of available options for use with the command.
$ cci task --help Usage: cci task [OPTIONS] COMMAND [ARGS]... Options: --help Show this message and exit. Commands: doc Exports RST format documentation for all tasks info Displays information for a task list List available tasks for the current context run Runs a task
If you’re just getting started with CumulusCI and aren’t sure which of the many tasks and flows to use, don’t worry. We show you specific tasks and flows in later sections of the documentation.
Specify Task Options When Running Flows#
When executing a flow with
cci flow run, you can specify options on
specific tasks in the flow with the following syntax:
$ cci flow run <flow_name> -o <task_name>__<option_name> <value>
<flow_name> is the name of the flow to execute, <task_name> is the
name of the task you wish to specify an option for, <option_name> is
the option on the task you want to specify, and <value> is the actual
value you want to assign to the task option.
For example, in the above output from
cci flow info dev_org if we
wanted to set the
allow_newer option on the
True, we would use the following:
$ cci flow run dev_org --org dev -o update_dependencies__allow_newer True
If the specified task executes more than once in the flow, it uses the given option value each time it executes.
If you want to configure specific task options on flows without explicitly listing them see Configure Options on Tasks in Flows.
Access and Manage Orgs#
CumulusCI makes it easy to create, connect, and manage orgs. The
cci org top-level command helps you work with orgs.
To learn about working with orgs in detail, read (scratch-orgs) and (connected-orgs).
Services represent external resources used by CumulusCI automation, such as access to a GitHub account or a MetaDeploy instance.
You can have CumulusCI show you a list of all possible services supported. Services that are not currently configured will be displayed in a dimmed row.
$ cci service list
Connect A Service#
To connect a service to the global keychain (which we recommend for almost all situations) you can use:
$ cci service connect <service_type> <service_name>
If you wanted to connect to your personal GitHub account as a service you could use:
$ cci service connect github personal
CumulusCI will prompt you for the required information for the given service type.
If you want a service to onlye be available to a given project you can
$ cci service connect <service_type> <service_name> --project
Set a Default Service#
The first service connected for a given service type is automatically set as the default service for that type. If you have multiple services connected for a given type and would like to set a new default use:
$ cci service default <service_type> <service_name>
Rename a Service#
To rename a service use:
$ cci service rename <service_type> <old_name> <new_name>
Remove a Service#
To remove a service use:
$ cci service remove <service_type> <service_name>
Errors happen! That’s why
cci provides tools to extract error details
so that they can be reported and triaged.
Report Error Logs#
cci error gist command sends the most recent log file to a GitHub
so you can quickly and easily share logs with others. For this feature
to work you need to make sure that your GitHub service is set up with
The gist includes:
The current version of
The current Python version
The path to the Python executable
sysnameof the host (such as Darwin)
The machine name of the host (such as x86_64)
The most recent log file (cci.log) that CumulusCI has created.
The URL for the gist is displayed in the terminal as output, and a web browser automatically opens a tab to the gist.
View Stack Traces#
If you encounter an error and want more information on what caused it,
cci error info command displays the stack trace (if present) from
the last command executed in CumulusCI.
The stack trace displayed is a Python stacktrace. This is helpful for locating where CumulusCI encountered an error in the source code.
See Stack Traces Automatically#
If you’d like to investigate bugs in CumulusCI, set the config option
True under the
cli section of
~/.cumulusci/cumulusci.yml. It turns off suppression of stack traces.
Usage errors (such as incorrect command line arguments, missing files, and so on) don’t show exception tracebacks because they are seldom helpful in that case.
For help with troubleshooting errors or stack traces, reach out to the CumulusCI team on the CumulusCI Trailblazer Community Group.
All CumulusCI commands can be passed the
--debug flag, so that:
Any calls to CumulusCI’s logger at the debug level are shown.
Outgoing HTTP requests are logged.
If an error is present, the corresponding stack trace is shown, and the user is dropped into a post-mortem debugging session.
To exit a debugging session, type the command
CumulusCI creates a log file every time a cci command runs. There are
six rotating log files (
cci.log, cci.log1...5) with
the most recent. Log files are stored under
~/.cumulusci/logs for Mac
and Linux users, and
C:\Users\<Your User>\.cumulusci\logs for Windows
By default, log files document:
The last command that was entered by the user.
All output from the command (including debug information).
If a Python-level exception occurs, the corresponding stack trace.
If you want debug information regarding HTTP calls made during
execution, you must explicitly run the command with the
$ cci task run <name> --org <org> --debug $ cci flow run <name> --org <org> --debug