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Command Line Interface Login Improvements

Following our OAuth API improvements back in August, we’ve been able to make some changes to our command line tool to make it easier to use.

We now support public OAuth applications, which means you no longer have to create your own OAuth application credentials to use the CLI. It sounds a small change, but it makes configuring the CLI much less fiddly.

And while we were at it, we added a nicer interface for authenticating as a user. Now you just use the login command to configure the CLI and and authenticate:

$ sudo gem install brightbox-cli
Successfully installed brightbox-cli-2.3.2

$ brightbox login frances@example.com
Enter your password :

And you’re ready to go:

$ brightbox servers

 id         status  type      zone   created_on  image_id   cloud_ip_ids  name                  
 srv-ad13j  active  4gb.ssd   gb1-a  2015-05-25  img-md394  cip-a6prn     web     
 srv-pd7nn  active  2gb.ssd   gb1-b  2015-09-05  img-dknew  cip-ezmsd     db           
 srv-tvnz8  active  2gb.ssd   gb1-a  2015-10-15  img-ybh9i                coreos            
 srv-n8jz7  active  1gb.ssd   gb1-b  2015-10-21  img-bbm1e  cip-oxlr2     benchtest             
 srv-bz02z  active  1gb.ssd   gb1-a  2015-11-02  img-bkqh0                leela (docker-machine) 
 srv-m1r07  active  1gb.ssd   gb1-b  2015-11-02  img-bkqh0                fry (docker-machine)

If you’re automating something, you’re still better sticking with API Clients rather than authenticating with your user credentials.

More details about installing and using the CLI in the getting started guide.

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