Managing applications with the Vonage CLI

The Vonage CLI allows you to create and manage your Vonage applications. To obtain help type vonage once the CLI has been installed.


The CLI can be installed with the following command:

npm install -g @vonage/cli

The core CLI includes everything to support Application API V2 on the command line. You can check your installed version with the command:

vonage --version
vonage -v

For additional help on any feature in the CLI, you can use the help flag:

vonage --help
vonage apps -h

Setting your configuration

Before you can start working with your apps, you will need to set your configuration (API Key and API Secret). This can be done using the config:set command:

vonage config:set --apiKey=XXXXXX --apiSecret=XXXXXX

Your API Key and API Secret can be obtained via the Dashboard. Once set, you can check your config by running vonage config.

Listing your applications

To list your current applications use:

vonage apps

This displays a list showing the application ID, name and capabilities.

Show application details

To show the details of a specific application (where the APP_ID is the application ID of an application that already exists):

vonage apps:show APP_ID

Returns something like:

Application Name: glorious_falcon

Application ID: d4bb...7180c

Voice Settings
   Event Webhook:
      HTTP Method: POST
   Answer Webhook:
      HTTP Method: POST

Messages Settings
   Inbound Webhook:
      HTTP Method: POST
   Status Webhook:
      HTTP Method: POST

RTC Settings
   Event Webhook:
      HTTP Method: POST

VBC Settings

Public Key
-----END PUBLIC KEY-----

Creating an application

Interactive mode

First create a new directory for your application and change into it. You can then create an application in interactive mode using the command:

vonage apps:create

This will present a series of prompts, requesting the necessary information to create your application. Sensible defaults are provided at each prompt.

Script mode

In any environment where the Vonage CLI is installed, you can also use it in a script. The only required argument is the application name.

vonage apps:create "Test Application 1" --voice_event_url= --voice_answer_url= --rtc_event_url=

This creates the vonage_app.json file in your project directory containing the Application ID, Application name and private key. This also creates a second file with the private key named app_name.key.

Note that the webhook URLs you are required to set depends on the capabilities you want to use in your application. This is explained in more detail in the application webhooks topic.

Creating an application with your own public/private key pair

You can create an application with your own public key if you have a suitable public/private key pair already.

First you need a suitable public/private key pair. To create one, first enter:

ssh-keygen -t rsa -b 4096 -m PEM -f private.key

Press enter (twice) to not use a passphrase. This generates your private key, private.key.

Then enter the following:

openssl rsa -in private.key -pubout -outform PEM -out

This generates This is the public key you use in creating or updating your Vonage application:

vonage apps:create "Application with Public Key"

Updating an application

You can patch/update a previously created application with a command similar to:

vonage apps:update [APP_ID] --voice_event_url= --voice_answer_url= --rtc_event_url=

You can change the application name, modify any of the webhooks, or add new capabilities. If you don't provide the APP_ID argument, it will use interactive mode.

Deleting an application

You can delete an application with the following command:

vonage apps:delete APP_ID

When providing the APP_ID argument, it is assumed that you understand you are deleting and there is no confirmation.

Interactive Mode

The CLI also provides an interactive method of deletion, which allows for singular or multiple app deletion:

vonage apps:delete

You will need to confirm this action.

NOTE: Deletion cannot be reversed.