CLI tools for Guru KB (

Usage no npm install needed!

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Guru CLI

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A NodeJS based CLI tool for doing useful things against the Guru KB (

Note: This project is still a work in progress. It is currently in active development. Use at your own risk!

This tool was made by us at Pliancy to augment the Guru administration experience. We hope it's useful to others as well!

It currently provides the following features:

  • Search all cards with a powerful query language supporting regex in the title, content, collection, and board metadata.
  • Verify any card. This works by generating an API token for the card's owner and using it to verify.
  • Verify expired (stale) cards.
  • Find and replace across all Guru cards with regex support, optional filtering, and powerful preview.
  • Backup your cards to JSON format.



The NPM method is preferred since it is consistent across operating systems. The homebrew method is for convienence only.

NPM Method

Install Node JS 14 or greater if you do not already have it from the Offical NodeJS Download Page

npm install -g guru-cli

# or

yarn global add guru-cli

Homebrew Method

brew install pliancy/tap/guru-cli

Getting Started

  1. First, you need to authenticate to the guru API. Navigate to and generate an API token for a Guru admin account
  2. Log in to the cli tool
$ guru-cli login
Login to Guru API
Guru Admin Email:
Admin API Token: some-api-token
✅ Successfully authenticated to Guru API. You can now run guru-cli commands.

Now you're ready!

The filter query language

Many commands support a powerful filtering syntax with regex support. The filtering supports a familiar google-style query syntax of key:value where key is one of collection, board, title, or content and value is any ECMAScript supported regular expression. Typically you can just fuzzy match via something like title:Overview which logically means title contains the substring "Overview". See below for more examples of using this filtering.

If you need to ignore case sensitivity in the supplied regex you can pass the --ignore-case or -i flag to the command.


Find all cards with the words "Typescript" or "Javascript" in the title under the "Engineering" collection

guru-cli find 'title:Typescript|Javascript collection:Engineering'

Find cards that have the text "Caleb" and "great guy" with anything in between in the content

guru-cli find 'content:Caleb.*great guy'

Verify a card by its title

guru-cli verify-by-title 'card title'

Verify a card by its title with optional collection filtering

guru-cli verify-by-title --collection 'collection title' 'card title'

Verify all cards that are in an expired (stale) state

guru-cli verify-expired

Verify all cards that are in an expired state in collection Engineering with "Overview" in title

guru-cli verify-expired 'collection:Engineering title:Overview'

Find and replace across all cards with case insensitivity turned on (-i)

guru-cli find-replace -i 'G Suite' 'Google Workspace'

Once you're confident in your changes affecting the proper data in the preview:

guru-cli find-replace -i 'G Suite' 'Google Workspace' --confirm

Find and replace across cards except for the ones that have the phrase "this is how you get ants"

This one is a bit more complex because it uses a regex feature known as negitive look-ahead in the filter to accomplish filtering out the relevant cards

guru-cli find-replace 'Archer' 'Lana' 'content:"^(?!.*this is how you get ants)"'

Once you're confident in your changes affecting the proper data in the preview:

guru-cli find-replace 'Archer' 'Lana' 'content:"^(?!.*this is how you get ants)"' --confirm

Backup your Guru Cards to JSON

guru-cli backup-cards /path/to/some/folder