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bin+lib krankerl

A CLI helper to manage Nextcloud apps

19 releases

0.13.0 Mar 8, 2021
0.12.3 Aug 27, 2020
0.12.2 Jan 27, 2020
0.11.0 Dec 20, 2019
0.8.0 May 17, 2018

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A CLI helper to manage Nextcloud apps.

  krankerl clean
  krankerl enable
  krankerl disable
  krankerl init
  krankerl login (--appstore | --github) <token>
  krankerl package [--shipped]
  krankerl publish [--nightly] <url>
  krankerl sign --package
  krankerl up
  krankerl version (major|minor|patch)
  krankerl --version

  -h --help     Show this screen.
  --version     Show version.

In case you wondered about the app's name: the word Krankerl means tendril in Lower Austrian dialect. This is what that typically looks like in a vine yard.

Enable the current app

Krankerl provides a shortcut to enable an app via the occ tool. This assumes that you are inside the app's root directory and occ can be found in the directory two levels above the current one.

krankerl enable

Disable the current app

Krankerl provides a shortcut to disable an app via the occ tool. This assumes that you are inside the app's root directory and occ can be found in the directory two levels above the current one.

krankerl disable


Krankerl can build a .tar.gz archive for the current app. This assumes a krankerl.toml configuration file to exist in the app's root directory. If it doesn't, Krankerl will fall back to sensible defaults. The command will not use the current state of the app directory, but clone it into a new directory. This step was added to make app builds reproducible and independent of local changes.


These are the steps Krankerl executes to package an app:

  • Delete build/artifacts if it exists
  • Clone current directory to build/artifacts/<app_id>
  • Run pre-packaging commands
  • Build list of files and directories that are not excluded by any exclude rule
  • Pack and compress those files and directories into a build/artifacts/<app_id>.tar.gz archive

Initialize configuration

You can either manually create the krankerl.toml config file or have Krankerl create it for you by using the init command:

krankerl init

This will create a minimal configuration. Adjust it to your needs.

Configuration overview

Excluded files

The excluded files list is no longer supported in Krankerl from v0.12.0 onwards. Use .nextcloudignore instead.

Certain files and directories of your repository shouldn't be part of the generated tarball. The exclude array in the [package] lists glob patterns of files and directories to exclude.

Typical excludes are the .git directory, tests and configuration files that are only required during development.

exclude = [

Pre-package commands

Building app archives often requires execution of a few commands. Common examples for that are composer and npm dependencies that are not part of the git repository and thus are missing in the cloned directory.

The package_cmds array will let you specify commands that are executed by sh in the app's root directory.

before_cmds = [
    "composer install",
    "npm install",
    "npm run build",


Krankerl allows you to publish an app release on apps.nextcloud.com once you've packaged the app files with the package command.

Note: This currently only includes the registration on the app store. You have to first upload the archive to GitHub (or any download server) and then pass the URL to the package command:

krankerl publish --nightly https://github.com/ChristophWurst/nextcloud_sentry/releases/download/nightly-20171126/sentry.tar.gz

The --nightly switch registers the app as nightly release.


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