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etcd Cheat Sheet

CLI Commands

Cluster infos

etcdctl ls  /_etc/machines --recursive    # List all known hosts
etcdctl get /_etc/machines/<token>        # Details of a host
etcdctl get /_etc/config

Accessing the key space

etcdctl ls /              # Get top-level keys
etcdctl ls / --recursive  # Get full tree

etcdctl get <key path>                      # Get key details
etcdctl get <key path> --print-value-only   # Get key value only
etcdctl get <key path> --rev=<number>       # Get older revision of a key
etcdctl -o extended get <key path>          # Get key and metadata
etcdctl get <key path> -w=json              # Output in JSON with metadata

Batch queries

etcdctl get key1 key10                      # Get all keys key1, key2, key3, ..., key10
etcdctl get --prefix key                    # Get all keys matching ^key
etcdctl get --prefix key --limit=10         # Get max 10 keys matching ^key

Creating a path

etcdctl mkdir /newpath
etcdctl rmdir /newpath     # Removes only empty paths

Manipulate keys

etcdctl mk     /path/newkey some-data       # Create key
etcdctl set    /path/newkey some-data       # Create or update key
etcdctl update /path/key new-data           # Update key
etcdctl put    /path/key new-data
etcdctl rm     /path/key
etcdctl rm     /path --recursive

Make data and paths expire by passing –ttl when creating paths

etcdctl mkdir     /path --ttl 120     # Path with expiration
etcdctl updatedir /path --ttl 120     # Reset path expiration

Monitoring paths

etcdctl watch /path
etcdctl watch --recursive /path

# Trigger command on event
etcdctl watch --recursive /path -- printf "Path /path was changed.\n"

Compacting revisions

etcdctl compact <number>     # Drop all revisions older than <number>


Sample curl

curl -L

Endpoints examples are


/v2/stats/self         # Node info
/v2/stats/store        # Statisitics ops/s
/v2/stats/leader       # Cluster master/slave details


Separately from the port 4001 cluster API there is also an admin API for configuration changes on default port 7001

/v2/admin/config       # GET returns settings, XPUT changes settings
/v2/admin/machines     # Cluster details