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KNIFE-RAW(1) knife raw KNIFE-RAW(1)


knife-raw - The man page for the knife raw subcommand.

The knife raw subcommand is used to send a REST request to an endpoint in the Chef server API.


This subcommand has the following syntax:

$ knife raw REQUEST_PATH (options)


This subcommand has the following options:

The configuration file to use.
--chef-zero-port PORT
The port on which chef-zero will listen.
Use to view colored output.
-d, --disable-editing
Use to prevent the $EDITOR from being opened and to accept data as-is.
Use to have knife use the default value instead of asking a user to provide one.
-e EDITOR, --editor EDITOR
The $EDITOR that is used for all interactive commands.
The name of the environment. When this option is added to a command, the command will run only against the named environment.
-F FORMAT, --format FORMAT
The output format: summary (default), text, json, yaml, and pp.
-h, --help
Shows help for the command.
-i FILE, --input FILE
The name of a file to be used with the PUT or a POST request.
-k KEY, --key KEY
The private key that knife will use to sign requests made by the API client to the Chef server.
-m METHOD, --method METHOD
The request method: DELETE, GET, POST, or PUT. Default value: GET.
Use --no-pretty to disable pretty-print output for JSON. Default: --pretty.
Use to show data after a destructive operation.
-s URL, --server-url URL
The URL for the Chef server.
-u USER, --user USER
The user name used by knife to sign requests made by the API client to the Chef server. Authentication will fail if the user name does not match the private key.
-v, --version
The version of the chef-client.
-V, --verbose
Set for more verbose outputs. Use -VV for maximum verbosity.
-y, --yes
Use to respond to all confirmation prompts with "Yes". knife will not ask for confirmation.
-z, --local-mode
Use to run the chef-client in local mode. This allows all commands that work against the Chef server to also work against the local chef-repo.


To view information about a client:

knife raw /clients/<client_name>

To view information about a node:

knife raw /nodes/<node_name>

To delete a data bag, enter a command similar to:

$ knife raw -m DELETE /data/foo

to return something similar to:



Chef 12.0