Command Line Interface


Where a prompt starts with (kayobe) it is implied that the user has activated the Kayobe virtualenv. This can be done as follows:

$ source /path/to/venv/bin/activate

To deactivate the virtualenv:

(kayobe) $ deactivate

To see information on how to use the kayobe CLI and the commands it provides:

(kayobe) $ kayobe help

As the kayobe CLI is based on the cliff package (as used by the openstack client), it supports tab auto-completion of subcommands. This can be activated by generating and then sourcing the bash completion script:

(kayobe) $ kayobe complete > kayobe-complete
(kayobe) $ source kayobe-complete

Working with Ansible Vault

If Ansible vault has been used to encrypt Kayobe configuration files, it will be necessary to provide the kayobe command with access to vault password. There are three options for doing this:


Use kayobe --ask-vault-pass to prompt for the password.


Use kayobe --vault-password-file <file> to read the password from a (plain text) file.

Environment variable

Export the environment variable KAYOBE_VAULT_PASSWORD to read the password from the environment.

Limiting Hosts

Sometimes it may be necessary to limit execution of kayobe or kolla-ansible plays to a subset of the hosts. The --limit <SUBSET> argument allows the kayobe ansible hosts to be limited. The --kolla-limit <SUBSET> argument allows the kolla-ansible hosts to be limited. These two options may be combined in a single command. In both cases, the argument provided should be an Ansible host pattern, and will ultimately be passed to ansible-playbook as a --limit argument.


Ansible tags provide a useful mechanism for executing a subset of the plays or tasks in a playbook. The --tags <TAGS> argument allows execution of kayobe ansible playbooks to be limited to matching plays and tasks. The --kolla-tags <TAGS> argument allows execution of kolla-ansible ansible playbooks to be limited to matching plays and tasks. The --skip-tags <TAGS> and --kolla-skip-tags <TAGS> arguments allow for avoiding execution of matching plays and tasks.