cinder CLI man page


cinder [options] <command> [command-options]

cinder help

cinder help <command>


The cinder command line utility interacts with OpenStack Block Storage Service (Cinder).

In order to use the CLI, you must provide your OpenStack username, password, project (historically called tenant), and auth endpoint. You can use configuration options –os-username, –os-password, –os-project-name or –os-project-id, and –os-auth-url or set corresponding environment variables:

export OS_USERNAME=user
export OS_PASSWORD=pass
export OS_PROJECT_NAME=myproject
export OS_AUTH_URL=

You can select an API version to use by –os-volume-api-version option or by setting corresponding environment variable:



To get a list of available commands and options run:

cinder help

To get usage and options of a command:

cinder help <command>

You can see more details about the Cinder Command-Line Client at Block Storage service (cinder) command-line client.


Get information about volume create command:

cinder help create

List all the volumes:

cinder list

Create new volume:

cinder create 1 --name volume01

Describe a specific volume:

cinder show 65d23a41-b13f-4345-ab65-918a4b8a6fe6

Create a snapshot:

cinder snapshot-create 65d23a41-b13f-4345-ab65-918a4b8a6fe6 \
                       --name qt-snap


Cinder client is hosted in Launchpad so you can view current bugs at