Nomad Commands (CLI)
Nomad is controlled via a very easy to use command-line interface (CLI).
Nomad is only a single command-line application:
takes a subcommand such as "agent" or "status". The complete list of
subcommands is in the navigation to the left.
The Nomad CLI is a well-behaved command line application. In erroneous cases,
a non-zero exit status will be returned. It also responds to
as you would most likely expect.
To view a list of the available commands at any time, just run Nomad
with no arguments. To get help for any specific subcommand, run the subcommand
Each command has been conveniently documented on this website. Links to each command can be found on the left.
Nomad's CLI supports command autocomplete. Autocomplete can be installed or uninstalled by running the following on bash, zsh or fish shells:
$ nomad -autocomplete-install
$ nomad -autocomplete-uninstall
Nomad's CLI commands have implied contexts in their naming convention. Because the CLI is most commonly used to manipulate or query jobs, you can assume that any given command is working in that context unless the command name implies otherwise.
For example, the
nomad job run command is used to run a new job, the
nomad status command queries information about existing jobs, etc. Conversely,
commands with a prefix in their name likely operate in a different context.
Examples include the
nomad agent-info or
nomad node drain commands,
which operate in the agent or node contexts respectively.
The Nomad CLI may be used to interact with a remote Nomad cluster, even when the
local machine does not have a running Nomad agent. To do so, set the
NOMAD_ADDR environment variable or use the
-address=<addr> flag when running
$ NOMAD_ADDR=https://remote-address:4646 nomad status
$ nomad status -address=https://remote-address:4646
The provided address must be reachable from your local machine. There are a variety of ways to accomplish this (VPN, SSH Tunnel, etc). If the port is exposed to the public internet it is highly recommended to configure TLS.
Nomad can use environment variables to configure command-line tool options. These environment variables can be overridden as needed using individual flags.
NOMAD_ADDR- The address of the Nomad server. Defaults to
NOMAD_REGION- The region of the Nomad server to forward commands to. Defaults to the Agent's local region
NOMAD_NAMESPACE- The target namespace for queries and actions bound to a namespace. If set to
*, job and alloc subcommands query all namespacecs authorized to user. Defaults to the "default" namespace.
NOMAD_TOKEN- The SecretID of an ACL token to use to authenticate API requests with.
NOMAD_CLI_NO_COLOR- Disables colored command output.
NOMAD_CLIENT_CERT- Path to a PEM encoded client certificate for TLS authentication to the Nomad server. Must also specify
NOMAD_CLIENT_KEY- Path to an unencrypted PEM encoded private key matching the client certificate from
NOMAD_CACERT- Path to a PEM encoded CA cert file to use to verify the Nomad server SSL certificate.
NOMAD_CAPATH- Path to a directory of PEM encoded CA cert files to verify the Nomad server SSL certificate. If both
NOMAD_SKIP_VERIFY- Do not verify TLS certificate. This is highly not recommended.
NOMAD_TLS_SERVER_NAME- The server name to use as the SNI host when connecting via TLS.