The Nitric CLI allows you to build, develop, and deploy your serverless application.

To verify your installation run nitric version. The output should look something like this:

Go Version: go1.17.8
Go OS/Arch: darwin/amd64
Git commit: fce97c9
Build time: 2022-03-23T14:05:59+1100
Nitric CLI: v1.1.0-develop.14-98-gfce97c91c5bce6eeb864194e592134322b52d8e5

To get a list of the available commands, run the following command:

nitric help
nitric [command]
Available Commands:
completion Generate the autocompletion script for the specified shell
down Undeploy a previously deployed stack, deleting resources
feedback Provide feedback on your experience with nitric
help Help about any command
info Gather information about Nitric and the environment
list List all project stacks and their status
new Create a new project
run Run your project locally for development and testing
stack Manage stacks (the deployed app containing multiple resources e.g. collection, bucket, topic)
up Create or update a deployed stack
version Print the version number of this CLI
-h, --help help for nitric
-o, --output stringEnumVar output format (default table)
-v, --verbose int set the verbosity of output (larger is more verbose) (default 1)
Use "nitric [command] --help" for more information about a command.

Common Commands

There are a few common commands that you will use frequently:

  • nitric new creates a new project
  • nitric stack new creates a new stack within a project
  • nitric run runs your stack locally
  • nitric up -s my-aws-stack deploys your stack to the cloud
  • nitric down -s my-aws-stack destroys your stack from the cloud

Getting Started


To start a new project with nitric, run the nitric new command.

nitric new

This will walk through creating the project, including the name and what template you want to start from.

The command will also create a nitric.yaml file. This file contains the configuration for your project. The handlers key is list of globs for your functions. The handlers should point to all functions you want to run or deploy.

name: my-project
- functions/*.ts


Creating a new stack will create a configuration for a particular cloud. You can have multiple stacks for one project.

nitric stack new

This will create a nitric-stackName.yaml file that contains the configuration for deploying to the cloud. Some providers will have different config, here's an example of an aws stack:

# nitric-my-aws-stack.yaml
name: my-aws-stack
provider: aws
region: us-east-1

Note: the cloud configuration is separate to the cloud credentials. You will still have to set your cloud credentials on your first deployment by following the guide in the cloud's section in the reference documentation.


When you are done developing your application and you want to run and test it locally, you can use the nitric run command.

nitric run
SUCCESS Configuration gathered (8s)
SUCCESS Created Dev Image! (0s)
SUCCESS Started Local Services! (5s)
SUCCESS Started Functions! (1s)
Local running, use ctrl-C to stop
Api | Endpoint
my-api | http://localhost:9001/apis/my-api

This will build and run your functions for local testing. The output provides a local endpoint so that you can test your apis.

If you make changes whilst it is running, the changes will be reflected due to hot reloading.


Deploying the Stack

Once you have tested your application locally and you're ready to deploy, you can do nitric up. This command requires you supply the name of a stack with the -s or --stack argument. This will set the cloud configuration for that particular deployment.

If this is your first deployment, you will have to set up your cloud credentials before deploying to the cloud. You can find the guides for these in the cloud's section in the reference documentation. The AWS guide is here.

nitric up -s my-aws-stack

Each of the cloud providers deployments take different amounts of time.

The deployment output will look something like:

SUCCESS Configuration gathered (11s)
SUCCESS Images built (34s)
Deployed Group/nitric-project-stack (3s)
Deployed Repository/nitric-stack-func (2s)
Deployed Role/funcLambdaRole (6s)
Deployed Table/nitric-collection (9s)
Deployed RolePolicyAttachment/funcLambdaBasicExecution (3s)
Deployed RolePolicy/funcListAccess (3s)
Deployed RolePolicy/func-c0c5f70007b3733c39d198bd674bbde4 (3s)
Deployed Image/func-image (1m36s)
Deployed Image/func (1m38s)
Deployed Function/func (43s)
Deployed AWSLambda/func (2m22s)
Deployed Api/nitric-api (11s)
Deployed Stack/nitric-project-nitric-stack-func (2m37s)
Deployed Permission/nitric-apifunc (43s)
Deployed Stage/func-listDefaultStage (1m4s)
Deployed Stack (4m8s)
| API | Endpoint |
| apiName | |
└─────────────────────────────────────────────── ┘

Destroying the Deployment

If you make changes and want to redeploy, you don't have to take the application down, you can just redeploy and it will find the difference. However, if you do want to destroy the application completely, you can use the nitric down command.

nitric down -s my-aws-stack

This will prompt you again before destroying the stack.

This output will look something like:

? Warning - This operation will destroy your stack, all deployed resources will be removed. Are you sure you want to proceed? Yes
Deleted Stage/func-listDefaultStage (3s)
Deleted Permission/nitric-apifunc (3s)
Deleted Api/nitric-api (5s)
Deleted RolePolicyAttachment/funcLambdaBasicExecution (1s)
Deleted Function/func (2s)
Deleted RolePolicy/func-c0c5f70007b3733c39d198bd674bbde4 (2s)
Deleted RolePolicy/funcListAccess (2s)
Deleted Role/funcLambdaRole (6s)
Deleted Repository/nitric-stack-func (2s)
Deleted Group/nitric-project-stack (2s)
Deleted Table/nitric-collection (4s)
Deleted Stack (57s)

Listing Deployments

To get information about your deployed stacks, use the nitric list command.

This will provide give information about its name, its deployment status, when it was last updated, the resource count, and a url to view the deployment on the pulumi console (will require a pulumi account).


To get information about the CLI version you are using, you can use:

nitric version

To get more detailed information about the Nitric runtime, you can use:

nitric info

For information regarding individual commands, use the --help argument on any of the CLI commands. Alternatively you can run:

nitric help

For more verbose input, specify a verbosity level with --verbose. The larger the number, the more verbose.


If you want to provide feedback on the CLI or the framework in general, you can use the nitric feedback command. This will template a github issue for you to submit. Alternatively, you can open an issue manually here.

? What is the name of the repo? cli
? What kind of feedback do you want to give? bug
? How would you like to title your feedback? Nitric list command
? Please write your feedback <Received>
INFO Please create a github issue by clicking on the link below
[link to generated github issue]