A fast, performant, easy-to-use and stream-based CLI for SPHERE.IO

Usage no npm install needed!

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The next generation Command-Line-Interface for SPHERE.IO.

Table of Contents


  • import of stock, product, price, category, discount, order, customer, productType, discountCode, state, customObject
  • Docker support
  • Custom plugin


Make sure you have installed all of the following prerequisites on your development machine:

  • Git - Download & Install Git. MacOS and Linux machines typically have this already installed.
  • Node.js - Download & Install Node.js and the npm package manager. Make sure to get the latest active LTS version. You could also use a Node.js version manager such as n or nvm.

If you were using the old ruby CLI make sure to uninstall it first.


$ npm install -g sphere-node-cli

# show general help
$ sphere -h

# show help for a command (e.g.: import)
$ sphere help <cmd>

The CLI is still under development but already provides a bunch of commands.
The idea behind it is to operate as a proxy for the different libraries that are used underneath. For example the import command will stream chunks from a given JSON file and pass them to the related library that will handled the rest.


The CLI has a lookup mechanism to load SPHERE.IO project credentials.
If you specify a -p, --project option, the CLI will try to load the credentials for that project from the following locations:


There are 2 supported formats: csv and json.

  • csv: project_key:client_id:client_secret
  • json: { "project_key": { "client_id": "", "client_secret": "" } }

If no -p, --project option is provided, the CLI tries to read the credentials from ENV variables:



Docker build

You need to have a working docker client! The Docker Toolbox is an installer to quickly and easily install and setup a Docker environment on your computer. Available for both Windows and Mac, the Toolbox installs Docker Client, Machine, Compose, Kitematic and VirtualBox.


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docker run \
sphereio/sphere-node-cli -h

Import a product (host folder /sample_dir/ mounted as docker volume)

docker run \
-v /sample_dir/:/sample_dir/ \
import -p my-project-key -t product -f /sample_dir/products.json'

You can also set an alias for repeated calls:

alias sphere='docker run \
-v /etc/sphere-project-credentials.json:/etc/sphere-project-credentials.json \


The CLI has git-like sub-commands which can be invoked as sphere <cmd>.

Current available commands:

  • import (stock, product, price, category, discount, order, customer, productType, discountCode, state, customObject)

Commands expects at least a -t, --type option which may vary for each command.


Imports a resource type by streaming the input JSON file.

$ sphere import -p my-project-key -t product \
  -f sample_dir/products.json \
  -c '{"errorDir": "./productErrors"}'

The input must be a valid JSON following a specific schema (import-type-key is the plural form of the type option, e.g.: products, stocks, etc.).

  "$schema": "http://json-schema.org/draft-04/schema#",
  "title": "SPHERE.IO CLI import schema",
  "type": "object",
  "properties": {
    "<import-type-key>": {
      "type": "array",
      "items": {
        "$ref": "https://github.com/sphereio/sphere-json-schemas/tree/master/schema"
  "additionalProperties": false,
  "required": ["<import-type-key>"]

If you don't provide a file to read from, the CLI listens from stdin so you can i.e. pipe in something.

Each import type might have / expect some extra specific configuration. In that case you have to refer to the related documentation.


See Contribution guidelines