Getting Started with ethPM CLI

There are multiple options that allow you to start interacting with the ethPM ecosystem, but the easiest place to start is the ethPM CLI. Full API documentation of these commands can be found here.


Installing ethPM CLI

  • brew update

  • brew upgrade

  • brew tap ethpm/ethpm-cli

  • brew install ethpm-cli


  • Create your virtual environment

  • Install the latest version from pypi with pip install ethpm-cli==x.x.x


  • docker pull ethpm/ethpm:latest

  • docker run ethpm/ethpm:latest

Setting up your environment vars

Before you can use ethPM CLI, you must provide an API key to interact with Infura. If you don't have an API key, you can sign up for one here. Then set your environment variable with


If you plan to generate packages from Etherscan verified contracts, you must also provide an API key for Etherscan.


If you're using Docker to run ethPM CLI, you must pass Docker the environment variables and mount volumes, like so...

docker run -i -e WEB3_INFURA_PROJECT_ID="INSERT_KEY_HERE" -v '/absolute/path/to/ethpm-cli/:/absolute/path/to/ethpm-cli/' -v '/$HOME/.local/share/ethpmcli/:/root/.local/share/ethpmcli/' ethpm/ethpm:latest list

Setting up your private key

If you plan to use the CLI to send any transactions over an Ethereum network (eg. deploying a new registry, releasing a package to a registry), you must link a encrypted keyfile to sign these transactions. ethPM CLI uses eth-keyfile to handle private keys. Follow the steps in the README to generate your encrypted keyfile. Make sure you don't lose the password, as you'll need to provide it for any tx-signing commands. Once you have your encrypted keyfile, you can link it to the ethPM CLI with the following command.

ethpm auth --keyfile-path KEYFILE_PATH


Deploying a Registry

This will deploy a new instance of the ERC1319 Solidity Registry to the specified chain. The address signing the transaction will automatically be set as the owner address on the registry. The newly deployed registry will be set as the active registry. You can provide an alias, if you want to store a simple reference to the registry.

ethpm registry deploy [-h] --chain-id CHAIN_ID 
                           --keyfile-password KEYFILE_PASSWORD 
                           [--alias ALIAS] 

Generating an ethPM manifest

Thorough steps on how to generate a manifest for a local project can be found here.

To start a manifest wizard CLI prompt that will guide you through provided options allowed by the ethPM Specification.

ethpm create manifest-wizard [-h] --project-dir PROJECT_DIR

To quickly generate a bare-bones manifest in one step, without any additional fields.

ethpm create basic-manifest [-h] --package-name PACKAGE_NAME
                                 --package-version PACKAGE_VERSION
                                 --project-dir PROJECT_DIR

Releasing a package

This will release a package version on the active registry.

ethpm release [-h] --package-name PACKAGE_NAME
                   --package-version PACKAGE_VERSION
                   --manifest-uri MANIFEST_URI
                   --keyfile-password KEYFILE_PASSWORD

Installing a package

This will install a package and its assets to a local _ethpm_packages/ directory. You can provide a specific ethPM directory, otherwise the CLI will default to the ethPM directory under the current working directory. You can provide an alias for the package if you want a simple reference to the package.

ethpm install [-h] manifest-uri [--alias ALIAS] [--ethpm-dir ETHPM_DIR]

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