EdgeDB interactive shell:

edgedb [connection-option...]

It’s also possible to run an EdgeQL script by piping it into the EdgeDB shell. The shell will then run in non-interactive mode and print all the responses into the standard output:

cat myscript.edgeql | edgedb [connection-option...]

edgedb is a terminal-based front-end to EdgeDB. It allows running queries and seeing results interactively.

-h, --help

Show help about the command and exit.

-j, --json

Turn on JSON output for the queries (single JSON list per query).

-t, --tab-separated

Turn on tab-separated output mode for the queries. This only works with shallow (without nested shapes) object shapes.

-V, --version

Print version.

--no-cli-update-check

Disable version check.

-c query

Execute a query instead of starting REPL (alias to edgedb query)

-I name, --instance=name

Specifies the named instance to connect to. The actual connection parameters are stored in <edgedb_config_dir>/credentials and are usually created by edgedb instance create or similar commands. Run edgedb info to see the path of <edgedb_config_dir> on your machine.

This option overrides host and port.

-d dbname, --database=dbname

Specifies the name of the database to connect to. Default to the value of the EDGEDB_DATABASE environment variable, or, if not set, to the calculated value of username.

--dsn=dsn

Specifies the DSN for EdgeDB to connect to.

This option overrides all other options except password.

-H hostname, --host=hostname

Specifies the host name of the machine on which the server is running. If hostname begins with a slash (/), it is used as the directory where the command looks for the server Unix-domain socket. Defaults to the value of the EDGEDB_HOST environment variable.

-P port, --port=port

Specifies the TCP port or the local Unix-domain socket file extension on which the server is listening for connections. Defaults to the value of the EDGEDB_PORT environment variable or, if not set, to 5656.

--password | --no-password

If --password is specified, force edgedb to prompt for a password before connecting to the database. This is usually not necessary, since edgedb will prompt for a password automatically if the server requires it.

Specifying --no-password disables all password prompts.

--password-from-stdin

Use the first line of standard input as the password.

-u username, --user=username

Connect to the database as the user username. Defaults to the value of the EDGEDB_USER environment variable, or, if not set, to the login name of the current OS user.

--connect-timeout=timeout

Specifies a timeout period. In case EdgeDB doesn’t respond for this period the command will fail (or retry if --wait-until-available is also specified). The timeout value must be given using time units (e.g. hr, min, sec, ms, etc.). The default value is 10s.

--wait-until-available=wait_time

In case EdgeDB connection can’t be established, keep retrying up to wait_time (e.g. 30s).

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