The Redwood Command Line Interface

The Redwood CLI comes with RedwoodJS (which means no extra software to install!).


The yarn package is required to use the Redwood CLI.

Be sure to prefix all Redwood CLI commands with yarn. For example, yarn redwood new.

Additionally, you can use rw as shorthand for redwood. For example, yarn rw new.

Command line basics

yarn create redwood-app <project-dir>

OK, OK, so this isn't really part of the RedwoodJS CLI, per se. But we felt it belonged here anyway!

We create a new Redwood application by running the yarn create redwood-app <project-dir> command, where <project-dir> is the path of the to-be Redwood project.

For example:

$ yarn create redwood-app ~/myprojects/todo


Commands require a "redwood project structure" to be effectively tested. You can use create-redwood-app to test your commands, but first you'll need link to this repo with create-redwood-app.

$ cd redwood/packages/cli
$ yarn link
success Registered "@redwoodjs/cli".
info You can now run `yarn link "@redwoodjs/cli"` in the projects where you want to use this package and it will be used instead.
$ cd ../../../create-redwood-app
$ `yarn link "@redwoodjs/cli"`
$ yarn redwood dev <command>

Run yarn dev <command> to automatically re-run your command when you make changes during development.

Adding new commands

Add a new command by creating CommandName/CommandName.js file in the ./src/commands directory.

A command should export the following:

export default ({ args }) => {} // The react-ink component.
export const commandProps = {
  name: 'generate',
  alias: 'g', // invoke with `redwood s` instead of `redwood scaffold`,
  description: 'This command does a, b, but not c.',


This is a monorepo and is published via LernaJS. See the root README for instructions.