watcher Command-Line Interface (CLI)


watcher [options] <command> [command-options]

watcher help

watcher help <command>


The watcher command-line interface (CLI) interacts with the OpenStack infra-optim Service (Watcher).

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 :option:--os-username, :option:--os-password, :option:--os-tenant-id (or :option:--os-tenant-name), and :option:--os-auth-url, or set the corresponding environment variables:

$ export OS_USERNAME=user
$ export OS_PASSWORD=password
$ export OS_TENANT_ID=b363706f891f48019483f8bd6503c54b   # or OS_TENANT_NAME
$ export OS_TENANT_NAME=project                          # or OS_TENANT_ID
$ export OS_AUTH_URL=

The command-line tool will attempt to reauthenticate using the provided credentials for every request. You can override this behavior by manually supplying an auth token using :option:--watcher-url and :option:--os-auth-token, or by setting the corresponding environment variables:

$ export WATCHER_URL=
$ export OS_AUTH_TOKEN=3bcc3d3a03f44e3d8377f9247b0ad155

Since Keystone can return multiple regions in the Service Catalog, you can specify the one you want with :option:--os-region-name or set the following environment variable. (It defaults to the first in the list returned.)

$ export OS_REGION_NAME=region

Watcher CLI supports bash completion. The command-line tool can automatically fill partially typed commands. To use this feature, source the below file (available at to your terminal and then bash completion should work:

$ . watcher.bash_completion

To avoid doing this every time, add this to your .bashrc or copy the watcher.bash_completion file to the default bash completion scripts directory on your linux distribution.


To get a list of available (sub)commands and options, run:

$ watcher help

To get usage and options of a command, run:

$ watcher help <command>


Get information about the audit-create command:

$ watcher help audit create

Get a list of available goal:

$ watcher goal list

Get a list of audits:

$ watcher audit list