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You can install the CLI with a curl utility script, brew or by downloading the binary from the releases page. Once installed you'll get the faas-cli command and faas alias.

Linux or macOS

Utility script with curl:

$ curl -sSL | sudo -E sh

The flag -E allows for any http_proxy environmental variables to be passed through to the installation bash script.

Non-root with curl downloads the binary into your current directory and will then print installation instructions:

$ curl -sSL | sh

Via brew:

$ brew install faas-cli


The brew release may not run the latest minor release but is updated regularly.


In PowerShell:

$version = (Invoke-WebRequest "" | ConvertFrom-Json)[0].tag_name
(New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadFile("$version/faas-cli.exe", "faas-cli.exe")

Environment variable overrides

Several overrides exist which will be used by default if set and no other command-line flag has been set.

  • OPENFAAS_TEMPLATE_URL - to set the default URL to pull templates from
  • OPENFAAS_PREFIX - for use with faas-cli new - this can act in place of --prefix
  • OPENFAAS_URL - to override the default gateway URL

Running faas-cli with sudo

If you're running the faas-cli with sudo we recommend using sudo -E to pass through any environmental variables you may have configured such as a http_proxy, https_proxy or no_proxy entry.

Docker image

The faas-cli is also available as a Docker image making it convenient for use in CI jobs such as with a Jenkins pipeline or a task in cron.

There is no "latest" tag, so find the version of the CLI you want to use from the tags page on the Docker Hub. These correspond to the release from GitHub.

Note: the Docker image cannot be used to perform a build directly, but you can use it to generate a build context which can be used with a container builder such as Docker, buildkit or Kaniko in another part of your build pipeline.

Use-cases for the Docker image:

  • Generate the build context without running docker build - faas-cli build --shrinkwrap
  • Deploy an existing image to a remote server faas-cli deploy
  • Manage secrets with faas-cli secret
  • Invoke functions via cron with faas-cli invoke
  • Check the health of your remote gateway with faas-cli info

Building from source

The contributing guide has instructions for building from source and for configuring a Golang development environment.

Tutorial: learn how to use the CLI

Morning coffee with the OpenFaaS CLI