The DC/OS command line interface (DC/OS CLI) is a utility to manage cluster nodes, install and manage packages, inspect the cluster state, and manage services and tasks.

DC/OS 1.10.0 requires DC/OS CLI 0.5.x.

To list available commands, run dcos with no parameters:


Command line utility for the Mesosphere Datacenter Operating
System (DC/OS). The Mesosphere DC/OS is a distributed operating
system built around Apache Mesos. This utility provides tools
for easy management of a DC/OS installation.

Available DC/OS commands:

    auth               Authenticate to DC/OS cluster
    cluster            Manage connections to DC/OS clusters
    config             Manage the DC/OS configuration file
    experimental       Experimental commands. These commands are under development and are subject to change
    help               Display help information about DC/OS
    job                Deploy and manage jobs in DC/OS
    marathon           Deploy and manage applications to DC/OS
    node               Administer and manage DC/OS cluster nodes
    package            Install and manage DC/OS software packages
    service            Manage DC/OS services
    task               Manage DC/OS tasks

Get detailed command description with `dcos <command> --help`.

Displaying the DC/OS CLI version

To display the DC/OS CLI version, run:

dcos --version

DC/OS CLI versions and configuration files

DC/OS CLI 0.4.x and 0.5.x use a different structure for the location of configuration files.

DC/OS CLI 0.4.x has a single configuration file, which by default is stored in ~/.dcos/dcos.toml. In DC/OS CLI 0.4.x you can optionally change the location of the configuration file using the DCOS_CONFIG environment variable.

DC/OS CLI 0.5.x has a configuration file for each connected cluster, which by default are stored in ~/.dcos/clusters/<cluster_id>/dcos.toml. In DC/OS CLI 0.5.x you can optionally change the base portion (~/.dcos) of the configuration directory using the DCOS_DIR environment variable.


  • Updating to the DC/OS CLI 0.5.x and running any CLI command triggers conversion from the old to the new configuration structure.
  • After you call dcos cluster setup, (or after conversion has occurred), if you attempt to update the cluster configuration using a dcos config set command, the command prints a warning message saying the command is deprecated and cluster configuration state may now be corrupted.

Environment variables

The DC/OS CLI supports the following environment variables, which can be set dynamically.


The attached cluster. To set the attached cluster, set the variable with the command:

export DCOS_CLUSTER=<cluster_name>


The path to a DC/OS configuration file. If you put the DC/OS configuration file in /home/jdoe/config/dcos.toml, set the variable with the command:

export DCOS_CONFIG=/home/jdoe/config/dcos.toml

If you have the DCOS_CONFIG environment variable configured:

  • After conversion to the new configuration structure, DCOS_CONFIG is no longer honored.
  • Before you call dcos cluster setup, you can change the configuration pointed to by DCOS_CONFIG using dcos config set. This command prints a warning message saying the command is deprecated and recommends using dcos cluster setup.

DCOS_DIR (DC/OS CLI O.5.x only)

The path to a DC/OS configuration directory. If you want the DC/OS configuration directory to be /home/jdoe/config, set the variable with the command:

export DCOS_DIR=/home/jdoe/config
  1. Optionally set DCOS_DIR and run dcos cluster setup command.

     export DCOS_DIR=<path/to/config_dir> (optional, default when not set is ~/.dcos)
     dcos cluster setup <url>

    This setting generates and updates per cluster configuration under $DCOS_DIR/clusters/<cluster_id>. Sets newly set up cluster as the attached one.


Indicates whether to verify SSL certificates or set the path to the SSL certificates. You must set this variable manually. Setting this environment variable is equivalent to setting the dcos config set core.ssl_verify option in the DC/OS configuration file. For example, to indicate that you want to set the path to SSL certificates:

export DCOS_SSL_VERIFY=false


Prints log messages to stderr at or above the level indicated. This is equivalent to the --log-level command-line option. The severity levels are:

  • debug Prints all messages to stderr, including informational, warning, error, and critical.
  • info Prints informational, warning, error, and critical messages to stderr.
  • warning Prints warning, error, and critical messages to stderr.
  • error Prints error and critical messages to stderr.
  • critical Prints only critical messages to stderr.

For example, to set the log level to warning:

export DCOS_LOG_LEVEL=warning


Indicates whether to print additional debug messages to stdout. By default this is set to false. For example:

export DCOS_DEBUG=true


The recommended method to install the DC/OS CLI is from the DC/OS web interface. Or, you can manually install the CLI by using the instructions below.


    You can access DC/OS CLI configuration with the dcos cluster and dcos config command groups.


      You can update the DC/OS CLI to the latest version or downgrade to an older version.

        Multiple Clusters

        You can connect the CLI to multiple DC/OS clusters using dcos cluster. dcos cluster has subcommands to set up connections to and attach to clusters and rename and remove clusters.


          You can uninstall the CLI with these commands for your operating system.