Command Line Interface (CLI) | Zoho Vault

Command Line Interface

Zoho Vault's command line interface (CLI) acts as a standalone desktop client that allows users to add, edit, search, and modify passwords in their vault. Users can also generate strong new passwords using the built-in password generator. The CLI can be accessed from the terminal of your Linux, Windows, and Mac devices. 

Setting up your CLI 
  1. Add the package path to the environment variable to ensure it can work from any path. 
  2. Once set, you can log in into your Zoho account using the command zv login
  3. Access the URL displayed in the console from your browser to validate your authentication. 
  4. Access your Zoho Vault using zv unlock [master-password].
Note: Learn how to set your Vault CLI to path here. Users on newer MacOS versions might see an error stating "zv" was blocked from use because it is not from an identified developer. To fix this, go to Settings > Security & Privacy > General. Select Open Anyway as shown in the screenshot, then try to run the package again. You will get the same error message again but it will include an Open option. Click Open to run the package normally. 


Available commands
The following commands are currently supported in the Vault CLI. You can list all the available commands using zv or zv -h commands. To learn more about any particular command and its usage, use zv <command> -h or zv <command> --help.  Use the following commands with ./ in front of them on Linux and Mac OS. 

Add passwords to Zoho Vault
Download file attachments from your vault
Generate new passwords
Generate password templates
Find complete details about your password
Display default values of commands
List passwords and password categories
End your current Zoho Vault session by clearing your master password
Log in to your Zoho account
Log out of your Zoho account
Search for passwords in your vault
Set default values for commands
Access your Zoho Vault account
Edit and update password details

Commands with detailed actions
Let's take a deeper look into possible commands you can run based on the operation. 

View Passwords

zv add
Add new passwords
zv generate-template
Generate template to add passwords using a template
zv add -f <file>
Add passwords using the template file

Search Passwords

zv search -k <search-term>
Search all your passwords
zv search -k <search-term> --name
Search matching terms by name
zv search -k <search-term> --tags
Search matching terms that have tags
zv search -k <search-term> --desc
Search matching terms by description

Update Passwords

zv update -id <password-id>
Update passwords using the password ID 
zv search -k <password-name>
Find the password ID 


Generate Strong Passwords

zv generate-password
Generate passwords
zv generate-password --use-password-policy
Generate passwords using the password policies
zv generate-password -len 10 -upper -lower -number -spl 3
Generate passwords using custom options in generator


Defaults in Zoho Vault CLI

Configure defaults for repetitive options specific to a command.

Note: Use --use-default in commands to execute them with default options

zv set-default
Add a new default
zv set-default --command <commands>
Add a new default for a specific command
zv get-default
View all default values

Terminating your session

zv logout
Log out from your session

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