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Trellis CLI

trellis-cli is a command-line interface (CLI) to manage Trellis projects via the trellis command. The CLI provides a more consistent and integrated experience and includes:

  • Automatic Python Virtualenv integration for easier dependency management
  • Smart autocompletion (based on your defined environments and sites)
  • One-command DigitalOcean droplet creation
  • Better Ansible Vault support for encrypting files
  • (New) Built-in virtual machine support for development environments

and much more.

# Installation

# Quick Install (macOS, Linux, WSL via Homebrew)

brew install roots/tap/trellis-cli

# Script

We also offer a quick script version:

# You might need sudo before bash
curl -sL | bash

# Sets bindir or installation directory, Defaults to '/usr/local/bin'
curl -sL | bash -s -- -b /path/to/my/bin

# Manual Install

trellis-cli provides binary releases for a variety of OSes. These binary versions can be manually downloaded and installed.

  1. Download the latest release or any specific version
  2. Unpack it (eg: tar -zxvf trellis_1.2.1_Linux_x86_64.tar.gz)
  3. Find the trellis binary in the unpacked directory, and move it to its desired destination (eg: mv trellis_1.2.0_Darwin_x86_64/trellis /usr/local/bin/trellis)
  4. Make sure the above path is in your $PATH

# Dev/unstable install (macOS, Linux, WSL via Homebrew)

# Cleanup previous versions (if installed)
brew uninstall roots/tap/trellis-cli

# Install
brew install --HEAD roots/tap/trellis-cli-dev

# Upgrade
brew upgrade --fetch-HEAD roots/tap/trellis-cli-dev

# Windows Install

trellis-cli does offer a native Windows exe but we recommend you use WSL for Trellis. The above install methods will work for WSL as well.

If you do want to use the native Windows exe, you'll need to do the following setup after downloading the Windows build:

  1. Open system properties
  2. Open environment variables
  3. Under system variables add new variable, TRELLIS, pointing to the location of the trellis.exe file, like C:\trellis_1.0.0
  4. Edit path from system variables and add new named %TRELLIS%
  5. Save the changes

# Usage

Run trellis for the complete usage and help.

For subcommand documentation, run trellis <command> -h.

# Commands

Command Description
alias Generate WP CLI aliases for remote environments
check Checks if Trellis requirements are met
db Commands for database management
deploy Deploys a site to the specified environment
dotenv Template .env files to local system
down Stops the Vagrant machine by running vagrant halt
droplet Commands for DigitalOcean Droplets
exec Exec runs a command in the Trellis virtualenv
galaxy Commands for Ansible Galaxy
info Displays information about this Trellis project
init Initializes an existing Trellis project
key Commands for managing SSH keys
logs Tails the Nginx log files
new Creates a new Trellis project
open Opens user-defined URLs (and more) which can act as shortcuts/bookmarks specific to your Trellis projects
provision Provisions the specified environment
rollback Rollsback the last deploy of the site on the specified environment
ssh Connects to host via SSH
up Starts and provisions the Vagrant environment by running vagrant up
valet Commands for Laravel Valet
vault Commands for Ansible Vault
vm Commands for managing development virtual machines
xdebug-tunnel Commands for managing Xdebug tunnels

# Configuration

There are three ways to set configuration settings for trellis-cli and they are loaded in this order of precedence:

  1. global config
  2. project config
  3. env variables

The global CLI config (defaults to $HOME/.config/trellis/cli.yml) and will be loaded first (if it exists).

Next, if a project is detected, the project CLI config will be loaded if it exists at .trellis/cli.yml.

Finally, env variables prefixed with TRELLIS_ will be used as overrides if they match a supported configuration setting. The prefix will be stripped and the rest is lowercased to determine the setting key.

Note: only string, numeric, and boolean values are supported when using environment variables.

Current supported settings:

Setting Description Type Default
allow_development_deploys Whether to allows deploy to the development env boolean false
ask_vault_pass Set Ansible to always ask for the vault pass boolean false
check_for_updates Whether to check for new versions of trellis-cli boolean true
database_app Database app to use in db open (Options: tableplus, sequel-ace) string none
load_plugins Load external CLI plugins boolean true
open List of name -> URL shortcuts map[string]string none
virtualenv_integration Enable automated virtualenv integration boolean true
vm Options for dev virtual machines Object see below


Setting Description Type Default
manager VM manager (Options: auto (depends on OS), lima) string "auto"
ubuntu Ubuntu OS version (Options: 18.04, 20.04, 22.04) string 22.04
hosts_resolver VM hosts resolver (Options: hosts_file) string hosts_file
images Custom OS image object Set based on ubuntu version


Setting Description Type Default
location URL of Ubuntu image string none
arch Architecture of image (eg: x86_64, aarch64) string none

Example config:

ask_vault_pass: false
check_for_updates: true
load_plugins: true
  site: ""
  admin: ""
virtualenv_integration: true
  manager: auto
  ubuntu: 22.04

Example env var usage:

TRELLIS_ASK_VAULT_PASS=true trellis provision production


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