Grafana CLI

Grafana cli is a small executable that is bundled with grafana server and is suppose to be executed on the same machine as grafana runs.


The CLI helps you install, upgrade and manage your plugins on the same machine it CLI is running. You can find more information about how to install and manage your plugins at the plugin page.


This feature is only available in grafana 4.1 and above.

To show all admin commands: grafana-cli admin

Reset admin password

You can reset the password for the admin user using the CLI. The use case for this command is when you have lost the admin password.

grafana-cli admin reset-admin-password ...

If running the command returns this error:

Could not find config defaults, make sure homepath command line parameter is set or working directory is homepath

then there are two flags that can be used to set homepath and the config file path.

grafana-cli admin reset-admin-password --homepath "/usr/share/grafana" newpass

If you have not lost the admin password then it is better to set in the Grafana UI. If you need to set the password in a script then the Grafana API can be used. Here is an example with curl using basic auth:

curl -X PUT -H "Content-Type: application/json" -d '{
  "oldPassword": "admin",
  "newPassword": "newpass",
  "confirmNew": "newpass"
}' http://admin:admin@<your_grafana_host>:3000/api/user/password