Acquia CLI examples

When you execute Acquia CLI commands that invoke an Cloud Platform API endpoint, machine-readable JSON is returned. Depending on how large the response is, it can be a little intimidating to navigate through it.

Fortunately, JSON is a common format and there are open source tools to help you. Acquia recommends the following tools:

  • jq: lightweight and flexible command-line JSON processor
  • jid: JSON incremental digger
  • jtbl: print JSON and JSON Lines data as a table

Below are a few examples where Acquia CLI leverages those tools to be more productive and achieve typical use cases. jq, in particular, is incredibly powerful. We recommend you read the manual to discover all its possibilities.

Example 1: Finding the last three Cloud events for a given application

You can use the limit filter in jq to only return a subset of the results that you’re interested in.

$ acli api:applications:notification-list myapp | jq '[limit(3;.[] | {event, completed_at})]'
    "event": "DatabaseBackupDownloaded",
    "completed_at": "2021-02-24T16:13:37+00:00"
    "event": "RemoteIdeCreatedEvent",
    "completed_at": "2021-02-24T13:22:03+00:00"
    "event": "DatabaseBackupDownloaded",
    "completed_at": "2021-02-23T18:23:29+00:00"

Example 2: Filtering out application details for an arbitrary sitegroup

You can pass a select query to search a partial match in the JSON output.

$ acli api:applications:list | jq '.[] | select( | contains ("thomas"))'
  "id": 111241,
  "uuid": "da76k877-fc7f-bcf4-2523-c801f469b9dc",
  "name": "thomas",
  "hosting": {
    "type": "ace",
    "id": "prod:thomas"
  "subscription": {
    "uuid": "1054c7fc-8954-4e52-b132-a4f5bc3a7d16",
    "name": "Thomas - Sandbox"
  "organization": {
    "uuid": "d29ej812-7c03-11e4-b588-22000b04072f",
    "name": "My Drupal 9 Application"
  "flags": {
    "remote_admin": false
  "status": "normal",
  "type": "drupal",
  "platform": null,
  "_links": {
    "self": {
      "href": ""
    "parent": {
      "href": ""
  "_embedded": {
    "tags": []

Example 3: Finding all Cloud environments for a given application

You can use jq to easily filter out the JSON response.

$ acli api:applications:environment-list myapp | jq '.[].name'

Example 4: Interactively drilling down into the JSON response

You can use jid to scan through the JSON response until you find the desired result.

Drilling the JSON response

Example 5: Display results in a table

You can use jtbl that aids readability for the JSON response. If your output isn’t too complex, pipe it to jtbl and observe the formatted table.

$ acli api:distributions:list | jq -c '.[] | {title,version}' | jtbl
title                              version
---------------------------------  ----------
Drupal 9                           9.0.3
Acquia Connector                   8.x-1.9
Apigee Developer Portal Kickstart  8.x-1.7
Commerce Kickstart                 7.x-2.62
DKAN                               7.x-1.15.4
govCMS                             7.x-3.6
Open Atrium                        7.x-2.69
OpenPublic                         7.x-1.9
Thunder                            8.x-2.9
Web Experience Toolkit             7.x-4.9