The official command line interface for interacting with Airbrake.

Installation and Authentication


brew install airbrake/airbrake-cli/airbrake

Depending on how you use the CLI, you may need to use the login command, the config command or global flags to specify api ID/KEY..

See the Airbrake CLI Repo for further installation and authentication instructions.

Global flags

Alternative to the login and config commands, you may specify the --user-key flag to the Airbrake CLI. The following are global flags for the airbrake command:

      --config string        config file (default is $HOME/.airbrake.yaml)
      --project-key string   Project key used to access the API
      --user-key string      User key used to access the API
      --user-id string       User ID used to access the API


Login Command

Note: the login command requires username and password and does not support two-factor authentication. For alternative authentication methods (eg: in cases where GitHub logins, SSO, or two-factor authentication are used), please use the config command or global flags.

Log in with the Airbrake CLI by issuing the following command:

airbrake login

The login command will prompt you for your email, password, and an optional subdomain (account subdomains are used to differentiate if you have multiple Airbrake accounts using the same email address).

Enter your email:
Enter your password:
Enter your subdomain (optional):
Done! The Airbrake CLI is configured for

Completing the login command will generate a file in $HOME/.airbrake.yaml with contents like:

project-key: ""
user-key: ""
user-token: YOUR_USER_TOKEN

Config Command

If your account requires GitHub or SSO logins, or you have you two-factor authentication enabled, you cannot authenticate with the login command. To authenticate in this situation, you can set credentials using the airbrake config set command. To set your user key (which can be retreived from your profile settings page) with the config set command, invoke:

airbrake config set user-key YOUR_USER_KEY_HERE

To check the values the Airbrake CLI is using, invoke:

airbrake config show

Install Command

The Airbrake CLI offers an installation command which supports Ruby, Rails, Go, C#, Java, JavaScript, PHP, Python, Swift, and TypeScript via the install command:

# Use the --project-id flag if you already have an Airbrake project in
# your account you want to use
airbrake install --project-id 12345

# Or have the install command create a new Airbrake project:
airbrake install --create-project=DESIRED_PROJECT_NAME

Projects List Command

This short example will show you how to send a test error notice to an Airbrake project with some basic commands.

Before we send the test error notice, we need to get the id of the project we want to send the notice to. To do this, invoke:

airbrake projects list

We’ll be using the id field from the project list output in the next command.

Notices Create Command

Quickly create an error notice using the notices create command. Use the project ID you found when you listed your projects above.

airbrake notices create --project-id YOUR_PROJECT_ID \
    --type "Sample Error" \
    --message "My first error from the CLI"

This will send an error notice to the project you specified and provide you a direct link.

Source Maps Create Command

If your project uses minified code, you can upload your source maps easily to Airbrake using the sourcemaps create command:

airbrake sourcemaps create --project-id YOUR_PROJECT_ID \
    --from-file '/path/to/your/file/'
    --name 'unique-name'
    --pattern '%app.min.js'

This assumes that there is a source map file at the location specified. The pattern value tells Airbrake what minified files to match the source map to. In this example, %app.min.js tells Airbrake to match the source map to all files that end with app.min.js. For more info about pattern options, visit our source maps doc. Patterns are optional and are generated from the file value if not specified.

Capture Command

This section is intended as a guide to deploying the Airbrake CLI to capture output of entire commands, and send it to as a notification.

Note that this subcommand is available in version 1.2.5 and above.

To capture output of a regular unix shell (such as bash/csh/zsh/sh) command, run airbrake capture as so:

airbrake capture --project-key <KEY> --project-id <ID> -- echo my wish is your command

Alternatively, you can set the env vars:

airbrake capture -- echo my command is your wish

Your KEY and ID can be found on the right hand side of your airbrake project setting’s page in your account. You will need these for all forms of the airbrake capture command.

It may additionally be useful to export these variables in your .bash_profile (or equivalent) shell config/aliases file.

Other Capture use cases

For more OS-level cases, see the OS/Shell platform doc

For more use DevOps-focused cases and details for how to implement them, see Shell Capture for IT/DevOps Use

Going further

For information on all the available commands like deploys and more, invoke:

airbrake --help


For questions, suggestions, or issues, please visit our official GitHub repository.