Axiom CLI

Axiom's command line interface (CLI) is an Axiom tool that lets you test, manage, and build your Axiom projects by typing commands on the command-line.

You can use the command line to Ingest data, manage authentication state, and configure multiple organizations.


Install using go install

To install Axiom CLI, make sure you have Go version 1.16 or higher, then run this command from any directory in your terminal.

go install

Install using Homebrew

You can also install the CLI using Homebrew

brew tap axiomhq/tap
brew install axiom

This installs Axiom command globally so you can run axiom commands from any directory.

To update:

brew upgrade axiom

Install from source

git clone
cd cli
make install # Build and install binary into $GOPATH

Run the Docker image

Docker images are available on DockerHub.

docker pull axiomhq/cli
docker run axiomhq/cli

You can check the version and find out basic commands about Axiom CLI by running the following command:



The easiest way to start using Axiom CLI is by logging in through the command line. Simply run axiom auth login or simply axiom if no prior configuration exists. This will guide you through a straightforward login process.

Managing multiple organizations

While most users will only need to manage a single Axiom deployment, Axiom CLI provides the capability to switch between multiple organizations for those who require it. You can easily switch between organizations using straightforward CLI commands. For example, axiom auth switch-org lets you change your active organization, or you can set the AXIOM_ORG_ID environment variable for the same purpose.

Every setting in Axiom CLI can be overwritten via environment variables configured in the ~/.axiom.toml file. Specifically, AXIOM_URL, AXIOM_TOKEN, and AXIOM_ORG_ID are important for configuring your environment. The AXIOM_URL should be set to You can switch between environments using the axiom auth select command.

To view available environment variables, run axiom help environment for an up to date list of env vars:

AXIOM_DEPLOYMENT: The deployment to use. Overwrites the choice loaded
from the configuration file.

AXIOM_ORG_ID: The organization ID of the organization the access 
token is valid for.

AXIOM_PAGER, PAGER (in order of precedence): A terminal paging
program to send standard output to, for example, "less".

AXIOM_TOKEN: Token The access token to use. Overwrites the choice
loaded from the configuration file.

AXIOM_URL: The deployment url to use. Overwrites the choice loaded
from the configuration file.

VISUAL, EDITOR (in order of precedence): The editor to use for 
authoring text.

NO_COLOR: Set to any value to avoid printing ANSI escape sequences
for color output.

CLICOLOR: Set to "0" to disable printing ANSI colors in output.

CLICOLOR_FORCE: Set to a value other than "0" to keep ANSI colors in 
output even when the output is piped.

One-Click Login

The One-Click Login is an easier way to authenticate Axiom-CLI and log in to your Axiom deployments and account resources directly on your terminal using the Axiom CLI.

Field list


You can generate an ingest and personal token manually in your Axiom user settings.

See Tokens to know more about managing access and authorization.

Configuration and Deployment

Axiom CLI lets you ingest, authenticate, and stream data.

For more information about Configuration, managing authentication status, ingesting, streaming, and more, visit the Axiom CLI repository on GitHub.

Axiom CLI supports the ingestion of different formats of data ( JSON, NDJSON, and CSV)


Get deeper insights into your data using Axiom Processing Language


Import, transfer, load and process data for later use or storage using the Axiom CLI. With Axiom CLI you can Ingest the contents of a JSON, NDJSON, CSV logfile into a dataset.

To view a list of all the available commands run axiom on your terminal:

➜ ~ axiom
The power of Axiom on the command-line.

  axiom <command> <subcommand> [flags]

  ingest:      Ingest structured data
  query:       Query data using APL
  stream:      Livestream data

  auth:        Manage authentication state
  config:      Manage configuration
  dataset:     Manage datasets

  completion:  Generate shell completion scripts
  help:        Help about any command
  version:     Print version
  web:         Open Axiom in the browser

  -O, --auth-org-id string   Organization ID to use
  -T, --auth-token string    Token to use
  -C, --config string        Path to configuration file to use
  -D, --deployment string    Deployment to use
  -h, --help                 Show help for command
      --no-spinner           Disable the activity indicator
  -v, --version              Show axiom version

  $ axiom auth login
  $ axiom version
  $ cat http-logs.json | axiom ingest http-logs

  See 'axiom help credentials' for help and guidance on authentication.

  See 'axiom help environment' for the list of supported environment variables.

  Use 'axiom <command> <subcommand> --help' for more information about a command.
  Read the manual at

Command Reference

Below are the commonly used commands on Axiom CLI

Core Commands

axiom ingestIngest data
axiom queryQuery data using APL
axiom streamLive stream data

Management Commands

axiom auth loginLogin to Axiom
axiom auth logoutLogout of Axiom
axiom auth selectSelect an Axiom environment configuration
axiom auth statusView authentication status
axiom auth switch-orgSwitch the organization
axiom auth update-tokenUpdate the token used to authenticate
axiom config editEdit the configuration file
axiom config getGet a configuration value
axiom config setSet a configuration value
axiom config exportExport the configuration values
axiom dataset createCreate a dataset
axiom dataset deleteDelete a dataset
axiom dataset listList all datasets
axiom dataset trimTrim a dataset to a given size
axiom dataset updateUpdate a dataset

Additional Commands

axiom completion bashGenerate shell completion script for bash
axiom completion fishGenerate shell completion script for fish
axiom completion powershellGenerate shell completion script for powershell
axiom completion zshGenerate shell completion script for zsh
axiom helpHelp about any command
axiom versionPrint version
axiom webOpen Axiom in the browser

Get help

To get usage tips and learn more about available commands from within Axiom CLI, run the following:

axiom help

For more information about a specific command, run help with the name of the command.

axiom help auth

This also works for sub-commands.

axiom help auth status

if you have questions, or any opinions you can start an issue on Axiom CLI's open source repository.

You can also visit our Discord community to start or join a discussion. We'd love to hear from you!

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