Building Quarkus apps with Quarkus Command Line Interface (CLI)

The quarkus command lets you create projects, manage extensions and do essential build and dev commands using the underlying project build tool.

This technology is considered preview.

In preview, backward compatibility and presence in the ecosystem is not guaranteed. Specific improvements might require to change configuration or APIs and plans to become stable are under way. Feedback is welcome on our mailing list or as issues in our GitHub issue tracker.

For a full list of possible extension statuses, check our FAQ entry.

Installing the CLI

The Quarkus CLI is currently available as a jar installable using jbang.

On Linux, macOS, and Windows (using WSL or bash compatible shell like cygwin or mingw)

curl -Ls | bash -s - app install --fresh --force quarkus@quarkusio

On Windows using Powershell:

iex "& { $(iwr } app install --fresh --force quarkus@quarkusio"

If jbang has already been installed, you can it directly:

# This can also be used to update to the latest version
jbang app install --fresh --force quarkus@quarkusio
# Use the latest (or locally built) snapshot (with qss as an alias)
jbang app install --force --name qss ~/.m2/repository/io/quarkus/quarkus-cli/999-SNAPSHOT/quarkus-cli-999-SNAPSHOT-runner.jar

Once installed quarkus will be in your PATH and if you run quarkus --version it will print the installed version:

quarkus --version
Client Version {quarkus-version}
Use a recent JBang version

If you get an error about app not being readable then you probably have a jbang version older than v0.56.0 installed. Please remove or upgrade it to a recent version.

If you are installing jbang for the first time, start a new session to update your PATH.

Using the CLI

Use --help to display help information with all the available commands:

quarkus --help
Usage: quarkus [-ehV] [--verbose] [COMMAND]
  -e, --errors    Display error messages.
  -h, --help      Show this help message and exit.
  -V, --version   Print version information and exit.
      --verbose   Verbose mode.
  create           Create a new project.
    app            Create a Quarkus application project.
    cli            Create a Quarkus command-line project.
  build            Build the current project.
  dev              Run the current project in dev (live coding) mode.
  extension, ext   List, add, and remove extensions of an existing project.
    add            Add extension(s) to this project.
    list, ls       List platforms and extensions for this project.
    remove, rm     Remove extension(s) from this project.
  completion       bash/zsh completion:  source <(quarkus completion)
  version          Display version information

While this document is a useful reference, the client help is the definitive source.

If you don’t see the output you expect, use --help to verify that you are invoking the command with the right arguments.

Creating a new project

To create a new project we use the create command (the app subcommand is implied when not specified):

quarkus create

applying codestarts...
📚  java
🔨  maven
📦  quarkus
📝  config-properties
🔧  dockerfiles
🔧  maven-wrapper
🚀  resteasy-codestart

[SUCCESS] ✅ quarkus project has been successfully generated in:
--> /<output-dir>/code-with-quarkus

This will create a folder called 'code-with-quarkus' in your current working directory using default groupId, artifactId and version values (groupId='org.acme', artifactId='code-with-quarkus' and version='1.0.0-SNAPSHOT').

Note: the emoji shown above may not match precisely. The appearance of emoji can vary by font, and terminal/environment. IntelliJ IDEA, for example, has several long-running issues open regarding the behavior/rendering of emoji in the terminal.

As of 2.0.2.Final, you should specify the groupId, artifactId and version using group:artifactId:version coordinate syntax directly on the command line. You can selectively omit segments to use default values:

# Create a project with groupId=org.acme, artifactId=bar, and version=1.0.0-SNAPSHOT
quarkus create app bar

# Create a project with, artifactId=bar, and version=1.0.0-SNAPSHOT
quarkus create app

# Create a project with, artifactId=bar, and version=1.0
quarkus create app

The output will show your project being created:


applying codestarts...
📚  java
🔨  maven
📦  quarkus
📝  config-properties
🔧  dockerfiles
🔧  maven-wrapper
🚀  resteasy-codestart

[SUCCESS] ✅ quarkus project has been successfully generated in:
--> /<output-dir>/bar

Use the help option to display options for creating projects:

quarkus create app --help
quarkus create cli --help

Previous versions of the CLI used options --group-id (-g),--artifact-id (-a) and --version (-v) to specify the groupId, artifactId, and version. If the output isn’t what you expect, double check your client version quarkus version and help quarkus create app --help.

Specifying the Quarkus version

Both quarkus create and quarkus extension list allow you to explicitly specify a version of Quarkus in one of two ways:

  1. Specify a specific Platform Release BOM

    A Quarkus Platform release BOM is identified by groupId:artifactId:version (GAV) coordinates. When specifying a platform release BOM, you may use empty segments to fallback to default values (shown with quarkus create app --help). If you specify only one segment (no :), it is assumed to be a version.

    For example:

    • With the 2.0.0.Final version of the CLI, specifying -P :quarkus-bom: is equivalent to -P io.quarkus:quarkus-bom:2.0.0.Final. Specifying -P 999-SNAPSHOT is equivalent to -P io.quarkus:quarkus-bom:999-SNAPSHOT.

    • With the 2.1.0.Final version of the CLI, io.quarkus.platform is the default group id. Specifying -P :quarkus-bom: is equivalent to -P io.quarkus.platform:quarkus-bom:2.1.0.Final. Note that you need to specify the group id to work with a snapshot, e.g -P io.quarkus::999-SNAPSHOT is equivalent to -P io.quarkus:quarkus-bom:999-SNAPSHOT.

      Note: default values are subject to change. Using the --dry-run option will show you the computed value.

  2. Specify a Platform Stream

    Platform streams are new in Quarkus 2.0.

    A platform stream operates against a remote registry. Each registry defines one or more platform streams, and each stream defines one or more platform release BOM files that define how projects using that stream should be configured.

    Streams are identified using platformKey:streamId syntax. A specific stream can be specified using -S platformKey:streamId. When specifying a stream, empty segments will be replaced with discovered defaults, based on stream resource resolution rules.

    For 2.0.0.Final, you must enable the registry client (--registry-client) explicitly to specify a stream. This is not required for 2.1.0.Final or later releases.

Working with extensions

quarkus ext --help

Listing extensions

The Quarkus CLI can be used to list Quarkus extensions.

quarkus ext ls

The format of the result can be controlled with one of four options:

  • --name Display the name (artifactId) only

  • --concise Display the name (artifactId) and description

  • --full Display concise format and version/status-related columns.

  • --origins Display concise information along with the Quarkus platform release origin of the extension.

The behavior of quarkus ext ls will vary depending on context.

Listing Extensions for a Quarkus release

If you invoke the Quarkus CLI from outside of a project, Quarkus will list all of the extensions available for the Quarkus release used by the CLI itself.

You can also list extensions for a specific release of Quarkus using -P or -S, as described in Specifying the Quarkus version.

This mode uses the --origins format by default.

Listing Extensions for a Quarkus project

When working with a Quarkus project, the CLI will list the extensions the current project has installed, using the --name format by default.

Use the --installable or -i option to list extensions that can be installed from the Quarkus platform the project is using.

You can narrow or filter the list using search (--search or -s).

quarkus ext list --concise -i -s jdbc
JDBC Driver - DB2                                  quarkus-jdbc-db2
JDBC Driver - PostgreSQL                           quarkus-jdbc-postgresql
JDBC Driver - H2                                   quarkus-jdbc-h2
JDBC Driver - MariaDB                              quarkus-jdbc-mariadb
JDBC Driver - Microsoft SQL Server                 quarkus-jdbc-mssql
JDBC Driver - MySQL                                quarkus-jdbc-mysql
JDBC Driver - Oracle                               quarkus-jdbc-oracle
JDBC Driver - Derby                                quarkus-jdbc-derby
Elytron Security JDBC                              quarkus-elytron-security-jdbc
Agroal - Database connection pool                  quarkus-agroal

Adding extension(s)

The Quarkus CLI can add Quarkus one or more extensions to your project with the 'add' command:

quarkus ext add kubernetes health
[SUCCESS] ✅ Extension io.quarkus:quarkus-kubernetes has been installed
[SUCCESS] ✅ Extension io.quarkus:quarkus-smallrye-health has been installed

Removing extension(s)

The Quarkus CLI can remove one or more extensions from your project with the 'remove' command:

quarkus ext rm kubernetes
[SUCCESS] ✅ Extension io.quarkus:quarkus-kubernetes has been uninstalled

Build your project

To build your project using the Quarkus CLI (using the default configuration in this example):

quarkus build
[INFO] Scanning for projects...
[INFO] ---------------------< org.acme:code-with-quarkus >---------------------
[INFO] Building code-with-quarkus 1.0.0-SNAPSHOT
[INFO] --------------------------------[ jar ]---------------------------------
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Total time:  8.331 s
[INFO] Finished at: 2021-05-27T10:13:28-04:00
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------

Note: Output will vary depending on the build tool your project is using (maven, gradle, or jbang).

Development mode

quarkus dev --help

To start dev mode from the Quarkus CLI do:

quarkus dev                                                                 ??return_code?
[INFO] Scanning for projects...
[INFO] ---------------------< org.acme:code-with-quarkus >---------------------
[INFO] Building code-with-quarkus 1.0.0-SNAPSHOT
[INFO] --------------------------------[ jar ]---------------------------------
Listening for transport dt_socket at address: 5005
__  ____  __  _____   ___  __ ____  ______
--/ __ \/ / / / _ | / _ \/ //_/ / / / __/
-/ /_/ / /_/ / __ |/ , _/ ,< / /_/ /\ \
--\___\_\____/_/ |_/_/|_/_/|_|\____/___/
2021-05-27 10:15:56,032 INFO  [io.quarkus] (Quarkus Main Thread) code-with-quarkus 1.0.0-SNAPSHOT on JVM (powered by Quarkus 999-SNAPSHOT) started in 1.387s. Listening on: http://localhost:8080
2021-05-27 10:15:56,035 INFO  [io.quarkus] (Quarkus Main Thread) Profile dev activated. Live Coding activated.
2021-05-27 10:15:56,035 INFO  [io.quarkus] (Quarkus Main Thread) Installed features: [cdi, resteasy, smallrye-context-propagation]

Tests paused, press [r] to resume

Note: Output will vary depending on the build tool your project is using (maven, gradle, or jbang).

Compatibility with Quarkus 1.x

The version 2 Quarkus CLI can not be used with 1.x Quarkus projects or releases. Use the maven/gradle plugins when working with Quarkus 1.x projects.

Shell autocomplete and aliases

Automatic command completion is available for Bash and Zsh:

# Setup autocompletion in the current shell
source <(quarkus completion)

If you choose to use an alias for the quarkus command, adjust command completion with the following commands:

# Add an alias for the quarkus command
alias q=quarkus
# Add q to list of commands included in quarkus autocompletion
complete -F _complete_quarkus q