CLI Usage

Last Updated: 09 April 2015

cli gem

Running heroku help displays a usage summary:

$ heroku help
Usage: heroku COMMAND [--app APP] [command-specific-options]

Primary help topics, type "heroku help TOPIC" for more details:

  addons    # manage addon resources
  apps      # manage apps (create, destroy)
  auth      # authentication (login, logout)
  config    # manage app config vars
  domains   # manage custom domains
  logs      # display logs for an app
  ps        # manage processes (dynos, workers)
  releases  # view release history of an app
  run       # run one-off commands (console, rake)
  sharing   # manage collaborators on an app

Additional topics:

  account      # manage heroku account options
  db           # manage the database for an app
  drains       # display syslog drains for an app
  help         # list commands and display help
  keys         # manage authentication keys
  maintenance  # toggle maintenance mode
  pg           # manage heroku postgresql databases
  plugins      # manage plugins to the heroku gem
  ssl          # manage ssl certificates for an app
  stack        # manage the stack for an app
  status       # check status of Heroku platform
  update       # update the heroku client
  version      # display version

The commands are divided into two types: general commands and app commands.

General commands

General commands operate on your Heroku account as a whole, and are not specific to a particular app. For instance, to get a list of apps you created or are a collaborator on:

$ heroku apps

App commands

App commands are typically executed from within an app’s local git working copy. The app name is automatically detected by scanning the git remotes for the current working copy, so you don’t have to specify which app to operate on explicitly. For example, the heroku apps:info command can be executed without any arguments inside the working copy:

$ cd example
$ heroku apps:info
=== example
Git Repo:
Repo size:      960k
Slug size:      512k
Stack:          cedar-14
Web URL:

If you have multiple heroku remotes or want to execute an app command outside of a local working copy, you can specify an explicit app name as follows:

$ heroku apps:info --app example

Using an HTTP proxy

If you’re behind a firewall that requires use of a proxy to connect with external HTTP/HTTPS services, you can set the HTTP_PROXY or HTTPS_PROXY environment variables in your local developer environment, before running the heroku command.

For example, on a Unix system you could do something like this:

$ export HTTP_PROXY=
$ export HTTPS_PROXY=
$ heroku login

On a Windows machine, either set it in the System Properties/Environment Variables, or do it from the terminal:

> heroku login