The Stalwart Command Line Interface (CLI) allows system administrators to perform tasks such as creating user accounts and migrating information. Future versions of Stalwart JMAP will include a web-based management interface, but for the time being the CLI is the main tool to manage a Stalwart JMAP server.


The CLI tool should be already installed on the server where Stalwart JMAP server is running at /usr/local/stalwart-jmap/bin/stalwart-cli. If you would like to install the CLI on a different computer, follow the instructions for your platform below:

  • Linux / MacOS:

    curl --proto '=https' --tlsv1.2 -sSf https://cli.stalw.art/install.sh | sh

    Once the installation is completed, the CLI tool will be available in your home directory at $HOME/.stalwart/stalwart-cli. You may add the $HOME/.stalwart directory to your PATH environment variable or move the stalwart-cli binary to a location that is already on your PATH variable.

  • Windows:

    Download the CLI tool directly from here.


The default location of the Stalwart CLI is /usr/local/stalwart-jmap/bin/stalwart-cli (or $HOME/.stalwart/stalwart-cli when installed manually). When executed without any parameters, the CLI tool prints a brief help page such as this one:

$ stalwart-cli

Stalwart Mail Server CLI

Usage: stalwart-cli [OPTIONS] --url <URL> <COMMAND>

  account  Manage user accounts
  domain   Manage domains
  list     Manage mailing lists
  group    Manage groups
  import   Import accounts and domains
  queue    Manage SMTP message queue
  report   Manage SMTP DMARC/TLS report queue
  help     Print this message or the help of the given subcommand(s)

  -u, --url <URL>                  JMAP or SMTP server base URL
  -c, --credentials <CREDENTIALS>  Authentication credentials
  -h, --help                       Print help
  -V, --version                    Print version

The CLI tool expects two required arguments: the base URL of your Stalwart JMAP server (which is specified with the -u option) server and the system administrator credentials (which may be specified with the -c option or at the prompt).

For example, to list all existing accounts:

$ stalwart-cli -u https://jmap.example.org -c PASSWORD account list


In order to be able to perform management tasks, the CLI tool requires you to be authenticated using the system administrator credentials. Authentication with your JMAP server can be done either using the Basic or OAuth mechanisms. However, for security reasons, it is always preferable to authenticate using OAuth.


To use OAuth authentication, run the stalwart-cli command omitting the -c option. The CLI tool will then ask at the prompt if you would like to authenticate using OAuth:

$ stalwart-cli -u https://jmap.example.org account list

Enter admin credentials or press [ENTER] to use OAuth: 

Press ENTER to start the OAuth authentication flow and obtain the authorization code:

Authenticate this request using code HY5E-UUG2 at https://jmap.example.org/auth. Please ENTER when done.

On your browser, go to https://jmap.example.org/auth and enter the provided code (in this example, HY5E-UUG2) as well as the system administrator username and password:

OAuth Login

If the login is successful, the following message will be displayed:

OAuth Login

Go back to the terminal where stalwart-cli is being executed and press ENTER to execute the command:

| E-mail          | Name             | Description | Quota |
| admin           | Administrator    |             |       |

1 record found.


Authenticating using the Basic mechanism is done directly from the command line with the -c argument. The credentials have to be specified as account_name:password and, if the account name is omitted, the default system administrator account admin is used. For example, to authenticate with [email protected] and password secret_pass:

$ stalwart-cli -u https://jmap.example.org -c [email protected]:secret_pass account list

Note: Avoid using the -c argument to provide the administrator credentials as these will be recorded in the terminal’s history. Instead, type the password at the prompt:

$ stalwart-cli -u https://jmap.example.org account list

Enter admin credentials or press [ENTER] to use OAuth: ******