This is the command-line interface (CLI) for rerobots. The corresponding source code repository is hosted at



Go to to find the most recent release files built for popular targets like macOS or Linux on x86_64. If your preferred host is not listed there, please contact us.

Building from Source Code

To build for own computer

cargo build --release --locked

Beware that the resulting program might be dynamically linked to libraries and, therefore, not easily copied to a different host. For cross-compiling and creating static programs (therefore avoiding linker dependencies at runtime), releases are made with cross. For example, to build for Linux on Raspberry Pi,

cross build --target armv7-unknown-linux-musleabihf --release --locked



The command-line interface (CLI) is self-documenting. To begin, try

rerobots help

which will result in a message similar to the following


    -h, --help       Prints help information
    -v, --verbose    Increases verboseness level of logs; ignored if RUST_LOG is
    -V, --version    Prints version number and exits

    -t <FILE>                plaintext file containing API token; with this
			     flag, the REROBOTS_API_TOKEN environment variable
			     is ignored
	--format <FORMAT>    output formatting; options: YAML , JSON

    help         Prints this message or the help of the given subcommand(s)
    info         Print summary about instance
    isready      Indicate whether instance is ready with exit code
    launch       Launch instance from specified workspace deployment or type
    list         List all instances by this user
    search       Search for matching deployments. empty query implies show
		 all existing workspace deployments
    ssh          Connect to instance host via ssh
    terminate    Terminate instance
    version      Prints version number and exits
    wdinfo       Print summary about workspace deployment

Call help to learn more about commands, e.g., rerobots help info to learn usage of rerobots info.

To use an API token, assign it to the environment variable REROBOTS_API_TOKEN, or give it through a file named in the command-line switch -t.


The following video demonstrates how to search for types of workspaces, request an instance, and finally terminate it. The same example is also presented below in text. (This video can also be watched at

Before beginning, get an API token (from the Web UI). Now assign it to an environment variable. For example, if the API token is saved to a local file named tok, then

export REROBOTS_API_TOKEN=$(cat tok)

Search for workspace deployments

$ rerobots search misty
2c0873b5-1da1-46e6-9658-c40379774edf    fixed_misty2

Get more information about one of them

$ rerobots wdinfo 2c0873b5-1da1-46e6-9658-c40379774edf
  "cap": {
    "rules": []
  "id": "2c0873b5-1da1-46e6-9658-c40379774edf",
  "type": "fixed_misty2",
  "type_version": 1,
  "supported_addons": [
  "desc": "",
  "region": "us:cali",
  "icounter": 641,
  "created": "2019-11-18 22:23:57.433893",
  "queuelen": 0

Notice that `queuelen = 0`, i.e., this workspace deployment is available, and
requests to instantiate from it now are likely to succeed. To do so,

$ rerobots launch 2c0873b5-1da1-46e6-9658-c40379774edf

Get information about the new instance

$ rerobots info f7856ad4-a9d7-43f5-8420-7073d10bceec
  "id": "f7856ad4-a9d7-43f5-8420-7073d10bceec",
  "deployment": "2c0873b5-1da1-46e6-9658-c40379774edf",
  "type": "fixed_misty2",
  "region": "us:cali",
  "starttime": "2020-05-23 02:05:20.311535",
  "rootuser": "scott",
  "fwd": {
    "ipv4": "",
    "port": 2210
  "hostkeys": [
    "ecdsa-sha2-nistp256 AAAAE2VjZHNhLXNoYTItbmlzdHAyNTYAAAAIbmlzdHAyNTYAAABBBPd5tTJLAksiu3uTbGwkBKXFb00XyTPeef6tn/0AMFiRpomU5bArpJnT3SZKhN3kkdT3HvTQiN5/dexOCFWNGUE= [email protected]"
  "status": "READY"

When READY, get the SSH secret key created for the instance

$ rerobots get-ssh-key f7856ad4-a9d7-43f5-8420-7073d10bceec

The section fwd contains an IP address and port at which ssh connections can be established to the instance host. The rerobots CLI provides a convenient command to do this::

$ rerobots ssh f7856ad4-a9d7-43f5-8420-7073d10bceec

Finally, exit the ssh shell, and terminate the instance

$ rerobots terminate f7856ad4-a9d7-43f5-8420-7073d10bceec