CLI reference

Installing and getting started with the CLI

How to install and get started with the Domino CLI

To run your code

run [--direct][--wait][--no-sync][--tier][--local] <file> [args...]

“run” will copy all files in your project folder to the cloud, where it will execute the specified file with any arguments you have specified, unless you have specified the –local flag.

The optional --wait flag will run your script synchronously, i.e., the command won’t return until your job finishes.

The optional --direct flag lets you run a shell command directly on the Domino machines.

The optional --no-sync flag will run the latest version of code on the server, without uploading any local changes on your computer.

The optional --tier flag lets you select a specific hardware tier to execute the specified file on.

The optional --local flag lets you run your script on your local machine.

The optional --title flag lets you supply a title for the run.

Local runs are useful if your desired compute environment is not immediately available, but you would like to record your results in Domino. When a local run is invoked, Domino commits a snapshot of project files to the server and then runs the given command (e.g., “python”) on the local machine. When the command has completed, Domino detects results that have been produced and commits those back to the server, tracking them as “results” of the run as though the command ran on the server.


Viewing the “Results” for Run #16 will bring up a screen showing the output of the where colleagues can view and discuss the output.


domino run calculateStats.R
domino run runModel.m model1 .05
domino run --wait runModel.m model1 .05
domino run --direct "pip freeze | grep pandas"
domino run --tier "Large" calculateStats.R
domino run --local "python"

To create a new project

create [projectName]

“create” will create a new project by making a new folder on your computer and telling the Domino server about your new project. Optionally, you can specify the name of the project. If you don’t specify a name, Domino will ask you for one. To create a project on behalf of an organization you belong to, use the –owner flag.


domino create
domino create myProject
domino create --owner myOrg myProject

To create a project in a directory that already has files

init [projectName]

“init” will create a new Domino project inside your current folder. This is useful if you already have a working folder and you’d like to convert it to a Domino project. While the “create” command creates a new folder inside your current directory, “init” will initialize a project from your current folder. The –owner flag can be used to set an organization you belong to as the project owner.

Note: “init” will not upload any of your files, you’ll need to use “upload” or “run” after you run “init”.


domino init
domino init myProject
domino init --owner myOrg myProject

To get a project from the server onto your computer for the first time

get [username]/projectName

“get” will find an existing project on the server and copy it down to your computer. This is useful to get a project you created on a different computer, or to get a project that someone else created, and you are collaborating on.

If you are getting someone else’s project, specify their username and the project name. If you are getting one of your own projects, you can omit the username.


domino get otherUser/someProject
domino get myProject

To connect a folder to an existing project


“restore” will “connect” your current directory to an existing Domino project on the server. Restore will look for evidence of a project name inside “.domino/config.json”. If it doesn’t find such a file, it will prompt you for the name of an existing project to use.

This is particularly useful if you using Domino and git to track the same folder. If you clone a project with git, git will likely have ignored the hidden files that identify it has a Domino project. So you can “git clone” and then “domino restore” to re-connect the folder to its Domino project.


domino restore

To synchronize the files on your computer with the server


“sync” will synchronize the project folder on your computer with the project stored on the server. This is equivalent to running a download followed by an upload.


domino sync

To download the latest version of your files


“download” will download the latest copy of your files from the cloud into your current project folder. If you have made changes that conflict with changes in the cloud, you will see both versions of the conflicting file side-by-side.

Note that there are two reasons files in the cloud might change: first, your collaborators on a project might make changes; second, you might have executed a run that produced new output files.


domino download

To upload your files without starting a run

upload [-m "message"]

“upload” will upload your current project folder contents to the cloud, but will not begin a new run. The optional message flag lets you record a message, which will be displayed when browsing past commits on the “Files” tab of your project.


domino upload -m "this is a great message"

To get help


“help” will print out a list of commands you can run, with information about each one, similar to this page.


domino help
domino help run

To get the version of your CLI


“version” will output your CLI version


domino --version