Octopus Deploy Documentation

Octopus CLI Global Tool

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Microsoft introduced the ability to install tools using the .NET Core CLI called Global Tools. This lets you install the Octopus CLI onto machine or build agent as long as you have the .NET Core 2.1.300 SDK available.

The SDK version must be 2.1300, if you use a later version, the tool will complain you have an incorrect version installed.

Specific Location

A local installation can be done into a specified location using the --tool-path parameter.

dotnet tool install Octopus.DotNet.Cli --tool-path /path/for/tool --version <version>

This will install the Octopus CLI into the specified location and generate a platform specific executable called dotnet-octo into the specified location. In order to enable dotnet to find your custom tool location, you will need to add the tool location to the current environment path.


$env:PATH = "your\tool\folder;" + $env:PATH


export PATH="$PATH:/your/tool/folder"

Once the tool folder is in the path you can run the Octopus CLI commands with .NET: dotnet octo pack.

User Installation

In order to install The Octopus CLI for the current user you can do so by installing the tool globally using --global flag.

dotnet tool install Octopus.DotNet.Cli --global --version 4.39.1

You may also omit the --version parameter to install the latest version of the tools.

Check the output to make sure the installation works correctly. After the installation has completed, you can run the following to verify the version the Octopus CLI that was installed:

dotnet octo --version


In order to update to the latest version of the tool you can use the dotnet update command

dotnet tool update Octopus.DotNet.Cli --global

If you would like to update to a specific version or downgrade to an older version you can do so by first uninstalling the tool and installing it again.

dotnet tool uninstall Octopus.DotNet.Cli --global
dotnet tool install Octopus.DotNet.Cli --global --version <version>

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