nuxeoctl and Control Panel Usage

Updated: January 19, 2021

The nuxeoctl script enables various options and commands, explained in details below.

It is available as an executable in the Docker image.

If you have installed Nuxeo from the Tomcat server ZIP, its location is the bin folder of the Nuxeo server.

For Windows users, its equivalent is the nuxeoctl.bat script, also located in the bin folder.

nuxeoctl Usage

Here is the script usage:

nuxeoctl <command> [options] [--] [command parameters]

Issue nuxeoctl help to print this information:

docker run nuxeoctl help


  • You can use multiple options at once but only one command.
  • The values separated by | are choices (| means "exclusive or").
  • Option and command parameters between square brackets ([]) are optional.
  • Options and commands can have some parameters, optional or not. An equal sign (=) can be used (ie. -d org.nuxeo equals to -d=org.nuxeo,
  • Some options also have a shortcut (ie. -h equals to --help).
  • Two dots (..) means the command accepts repeated parameters.
  • Commands may need to be prefixed with -- to separate them from options when confusion arises.

Per-command Usage

nuxeoctl encrypt [--encrypt <algorithm>] [<clearValue>..] [-d [<categories>]|-q]
        Output encrypted value for <clearValue>.
        If <clearValue> is not provided, it is read from stdin.

nuxeoctl decrypt '<cryptedValue>'.. [-d [<categories>]|-q]
        Output decrypted value for <cryptedValue>. The secret key is read from stdin.

nuxeoctl config [<key> <value>].. <key> [<value>] [--encrypt [<algorithm>]] [--set [<template>]] [-d [<categories>]|-q]
        Set template or global parameters.
        If <value> is not provided and the --set 'option' is used, then the value is read from stdin.

nuxeoctl config [--get] <key>.. [-d [<categories>]|-q]
        Get value for the given key(s).

nuxeoctl config [--get-regexp] <regexp>.. [-d [<categories>]|-q]
        Get value for the keys matching the given regular expression(s).

nuxeoctl help|status|showconf [-d [<categories>]|-q]

nuxeoctl configure [-d [<categories>]|-q|-hdw]

nuxeoctl stop [-d [<categories>]|-q|--gui <true|false|yes|no>]

nuxeoctl start|restart|console|startbg|restartbg [-d [<categories>]|-q|--clid <arg>|--gui <true|false|yes|no>|--lenient|-hdw]

nuxeoctl mp-show [command parameters] [-d [<categories>]|-q|--clid <arg>|--xml|--json]

nuxeoctl mp-list|mp-listall|mp-update [command parameters] [-d [<categories>]|-q|--clid <arg>|--xml|--json]

nuxeoctl mp-reset|mp-purge|mp-hotfix|mp-upgrade [command parameters] [-d [<categories>]|-q|--clid <arg>|--xml|--json|--accept <true|false|yes|no|ask>]

nuxeoctl mp-add|mp-install|mp-uninstall|mp-remove|mp-set|mp-request [command parameters] [-d [<categories>]|-q|--clid <arg>|--xml|--json|--nodeps|--relax <true|false|yes|no|ask>|--accept <true|false|yes|no|ask>|-s|-im]

nuxeoctl register [<username> [<project> [<type> <description>] [<pwd>]]]
        Register an instance with Nuxeo Online Services.

nuxeoctl register --clid <arg>
        Register an instance according to the given CLID file.

nuxeoctl register --renew [--clid <arg>]
        Renew an instance registration with Nuxeo Online Services.

nuxeoctl pack <target> [-d [<categories>]|-q]

nuxeoctl connect-report [--output <file>|--gzip <*true|false|yes|no>|--pretty-print <true|*false|yes|no>]


Option default Since Description
-h,--help     Show detailed help.
-q,--quiet     Suppress information messages.
-d,--debug <categories> org.nuxeo.launcher 7.4 Activate debug messages.
<categories>: comma-separated Java categories to debug.
-dc <categories> 5.6 Deprecated: see <categories> on --debug option.
--debug-launcher 5.9.4 Linux-only. Activate Java debugging mode on the Launcher.
--clid <arg> 6.0 Use the provided instance CLID file.
--xml 5.6 Output XML for mp-* commands.
--json 5.6 Output JSON for mp-* commands.
--gui [true,false,yes,no] true on Windows
false on other platforms
5.6 Start the Graphical User Interface, aka Nuxeo Control Panel. Tomcat server ZIP only.
--nodeps 5.6 Ignore package dependencies and constraints.
--relax [true,false,yes,no,ask] ask 5.6 Allow relax constraint on current platform.
--accept [true,false,yes,no,ask] ask 5.6 Accept, refuse or ask confirmation for all changes.
In non interactive mode, --accept=true also sets --relax=true if needed.
-s,--snapshot 5.9.1 Allow use of SNAPSHOT Marketplace packages.
This option is implicit:
- on SNAPSHOT distributions (daily builds),
- if the command explicitly requests a SNAPSHOT package.
-f,--force 5.9.1 Deprecated since 11.1: strict mode is the default.
--strict 7.4 Deprecated since 11.1: strict mode is the default.
--lenient 11.1 Do not abort in error the start command when a component cannot be activated or if a server is already running.
-im,--ignore-missing 6.0 Ignore unknown packages on mp-add, mp-install and mp-set commands.
-hdw,--hide-deprecation-warnings 5.6 Hide deprecation warnings.
--encrypt <algorithm> AES/ECB/PKCS5Padding (Advanced Encryption Standard, Electronic Cookbook Mode, PKCS5-style padding) 7.4 Activate encryption on the config command.
This option can be used on the encrypt command to customize the encryption algorithm.
<algorithm> is a cipher transformation of the form: "algorithm/mode/padding" or "algorithm".
--gzip Compress the output.
--pretty-print Pretty print the output.
--output <file> Write output in specified file.
--set <template> 7.4 Set the value for a given key.
The value is stored in nuxeo.conf by default unless a template name is provided; if so, it is then stored in the template's nuxeo.defaults file.
If the value is empty (''), then the property is unset.
This option is implicit if no --get or --get-regexp option is used and there are exactly two parameters (key value).
--get-regexp 7.4 Get the value for all keys matching the given regular expression(s).
--get 7.4 Get the value for a given key.
Returns error code 6 if the key was not found.
This option is implicit if --set option is not used and there are more or less than two parameters.


Command Description
help Print this message.
gui Deprecated: use start --gui true option instead.
start Start Nuxeo server in background, waiting for effective start.
Useful for batch executions requiring the server being immediately available after the script returned.
Note: On Windows with the Tomcat server ZIP, the start command launches the Control Panel.
stop Stop any Nuxeo server started with the same nuxeo.conf file.
restart Restart Nuxeo server.
config Get and set template or global parameters.
encrypt Output encrypted value for a given parameter.
decrypt Output decrypted value for a given parameter.
configure Configure Nuxeo server with parameters from nuxeo.conf.
console Start Nuxeo server in a console mode. Ctrl+C will stop it.
status Print server running status.
startbg Start Nuxeo server in background, without waiting for effective start.
Useful for starting Nuxeo as a service.
restartbg Restart Nuxeo server with a call to startbg after stop.
pack Build a static archive.
showconf Display the server configuration.
connect-report Dump a json report about the running server.
mp-list List local Marketplace packages (including hotfixes).
mp-listall List all Marketplace packages.
mp-update Update cache of Marketplace packages list.
mp-add Add Marketplace package(s) to local cache. You must provide the package file(s), name(s) or ID(s) as parameter.
mp-install Run Marketplace package installation. It is automatically called at startup if installAfterRestart.log file exists in data directory. Else you must provide the package file(s), name(s) or ID(s) as parameter.
mp-uninstall Uninstall Marketplace package(s). You must provide the package name(s) or ID(s) as parameter (see mp-list command).
If uninstalling a package by its ID and other versions of the same package are available, the most up-to-date will be installed instead.
mp-remove Remove Marketplace package(s). You must provide the package name(s) or ID(s) as parameter (see mp-list command).
mp-reset Reset all packages to DOWNLOADED state. May be useful after a manual server upgrade.
mp-set (Since Nuxeo 5.9.2) Install a list of Marketplace packages and remove those not in the list.
mp-request Install and uninstall Marketplace package(s) in one command. You must provide a quoted list of package names or IDs prefixed with + (install) or - (uninstall).
mp-purge Uninstall and remove all packages from the local cache.
mp-hotfix Install all the available hotfixes for the current platform, but do not upgrade already installed hotfixes versions. For the latter, please use mp-upgrade (to upgrade everything) or mp-install with the desired version (to install a specific package) instead. (requires a registered instance).
mp-upgrade Get all the available upgrades for the Nuxeo Packages currently installed (including installed hotfixes and Studio package(s)). If a snapshot package is installed, it will not be reinstalled even if it has been updated. In this case, you should use mp-remove then mp-install instead.
mp-show (Since Nuxeo 5.7.1) Show Marketplace package(s) information. You must provide the package file(s), name(s) or ID(s) as parameter.
register Register your instance with an existing Connect account. You must provide the credentials, the project name or ID, its type and a description.

The following commands cannot be executed on a running server: pack, mp-purge, mp-add, mp-install, mp-uninstall, mp-request, mp-remove, mp-hotfix, mp-upgrade, mp-reset.

Most mp-* commands will have different behavior if the instance is registered or not (they need an authenticated access to the private Marketplace channels).

If the server has no access to Internet, mp-* commands will only use packages available in the local cache.

If using a Nuxeo Package not compliant with the current platform, you will have to relax the constraint on current platform (see --relax option). Be very careful since that can lead to install other packages not designed for your current Nuxeo version unless you perform a unitary install (see --nodeps option).

Additional Parameters

All parameters following a command which accepts no parameter are passed to the Java process when executing the command. That can be used for specific installs on which you rely on server specific parameters.

Environment Variables

Here are the OS environment variables which are read by nuxeoctl.

Variable Description
NUXEO_HOME Path to server root directory.
NUXEO_CONF Path to nuxeo.conf file.
JAVA Path to the java executable.
JAVA_HOME Path to the Java home directory. Can also be defined in nuxeo.conf.
JAVA_OPTS Optional values passed to the JVM. Can also be defined in nuxeo.conf.
REQUIRED_JAVA_VERSION Nuxeo requirement on Java version.

Java Usage

Launcher can be run as a Java command, without using the Shell (nuxeoctl) or Batch (nuxeoctl.bat) script. The equivalent Java command to Shell command is printed at startup. See the line starting with "Launcher command:". It can be reused for writing your own scripts.

Here is the Java usage:

java ["JVM options"] [-Dnuxeo.home="/path/to/nuxeo"] [-Dnuxeo.conf="/path/to/nuxeo.conf"] \
     [-Djvmcheck=nofail] -jar "path/to/nuxeo-launcher.jar" \
     [options] <command> [command parameters]

Java Options

Option Description Parameters for the server JVM (default are -Xms512m -Xmx1024m -XX:MaxPermSize=512m).
nuxeo.home Nuxeo server root path (default is parent of called script).
nuxeo.conf Path to nuxeo.conf file (default is $NUXEO_HOME/bin/nuxeo.conf).
jvmcheck If equals to "nofail", will continue execution even if JVM does not fit requirements, else will exit.


See the nuxeoctl commands.

Additional Parameters

See the nuxeoctl additional parameters.

Exit Code Values

Exit code values are following the Linux Standard Base Core Specification 4.1.

If the status command was requested, nuxeoctl will return the following exit status codes:

0 Program is running or service is OK
3 Program is not running
4 Program or service status is unknown

In case of an error while processing any action except for status, nuxeoctl shall print an error message and exit with a non-zero status code:

1 Generic or unspecified error
2 Invalid or excess argument(s)
3 Unimplemented feature
4 User had insufficient privilege
5 Program is not installed
6 Program is not configured
7 Program is not running

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