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Neon CLI — Install and connect

Use the Neon CLI to manage Neon directly from the terminal

This section describes how to install the Neon CLI and connect via web authentication or API key.

To install the Neon CLI via npm:

npm i -g neonctl

Requires Node.js 18.0 or higher.


When a new version is released, you can update your Neon CLI using the methods described below. To check for the latest version, refer to the Releases information on the Neon CLI GitHub repository page. To check your installed version of the Neon CLI, run the following command:

neonctl --version

To upgrade the Neon CLI via npm:

npm update -g neonctl


The Neon CLI supports connecting via web authentication or API key.

Web authentication

Run the following command to connect to Neon via web authentication:

neonctl auth

The neonctl auth command launches a browser window where you can authorize the Neon CLI to access your Neon account. If you have not authenticated previously, running a Neon CLI command automatically launches the web authentication process unless you have specified an API key.

API key

To authenticate with a Neon API key, you can specify the --api-key option when running a Neon CLI command. For example, the following neonctl projects list command authenticates to Neon using the --api-key option:

neonctl projects list --api-key <neon_api_key>

To avoid including the --api-key option with each CLI command, you can export your API key to the NEON_API_KEY environment variable.

export NEON_API_KEY=<neon_api_key>

For information about obtaining an Neon API key, see Create an API key.

Configure autocompletion

The Neon CLI supports autocompletion, which you can configure in a few easy steps. See Neon CLI commands — completion for instructions.

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