CLI Tools

The command line utility ‘openstack’ is a single unified client for access to the OpenStack API.
The OpenStackClient basically lets you do the same things as the utilities of all OpenStack services (nova, neutron, keystone-manage etc.), but with the aid of a unified command structure and unified format.


Use of an application programming interface (API) offers more management options and flexibility. Nevertheless, the ‘OpenStack Client’ command line utility is easier to use, requires less time to learn and is sufficient for performing the majority of the operations required.