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CLI Installation

There are a number of ways to use OpenAPI Generator. This page documents how to install the CLI artifact. Installing OpenAPI Generator's CLI tool allows users to generate all available generators from the command line.

Some of the following are cross-platform options and some are not, these are called out where possible.


Platform(s): Linux, macOS, Windows

The npm package wrapper is cross-platform wrapper around the .jar artifact. It works by providing a CLI wrapper atop the JAR's command line options. This gives a simple interface layer which normalizes usage of the command line across operating systems, removing some differences in how options or switches are passed to the tool (depending on OS). Install the latest version of the tool globally, exposing the CLI on the command line:

npm install @openapitools/openapi-generator-cli -g

To install a specific version of the tool, pass the version during installation:

openapi-generator-cli version-manager set 5.3.0

To install the tool as a dev dependency in your current project:

npm install @openapitools/openapi-generator-cli -D

Then, generate a ruby client from a valid petstore.yaml doc:

npx @openapitools/openapi-generator-cli generate -i petstore.yaml -g ruby -o /tmp/test/

npx will execute a globally available openapi-generator, and if not found it will fall back to project-local commands. The result is that the above command will work regardless of which installation method you've chosen.


Platform(s): macOS

Install via homebrew:

brew install openapi-generator

Then, generate a ruby client from a valid petstore.yaml doc:

openapi-generator generate -i petstore.yaml -g ruby -o /tmp/test/


Platform(s): Windows

Install via scoop:

scoop install openapi-generator-cli

If you don't have java installed, you can also install it via scoop java bucket:

scoop bucket add java
scoop install openjdk

Then, generate a ruby client from a valid petstore.yaml doc:

openapi-generator-cli generate -i petstore.yaml -g ruby


Platform(s): Linux, macOS, Windows

The OpenAPI Generator Docker image acts as a standalone executable. It can be used as an alternative to installing via homebrew, or for developers who are unable to install Java or upgrade the installed version.

To generate code from a valid petstore.yaml doc with this image, you'll need to mount a local location as a volume. You'll then need to output the generated code to this mapped volume. Everything else works the same as if you ran the command on your host machine.

Here's an example generating a Go client:

docker run --rm \
-v ${PWD}:/local openapitools/openapi-generator-cli generate \
-i /local/petstore.yaml \
-g go \
-o /local/out/go


Platform(s): Linux, macOS, Windows

If you're looking for the latest stable version, you can grab it directly from (Java 11 runtime at a minimum):

JAR location:

For Mac/Linux users:

wget -O openapi-generator-cli.jar

For Windows users, you will need to install wget or you can use Invoke-WebRequest in PowerShell (3.0+), e.g.

Invoke-WebRequest -OutFile openapi-generator-cli.jar

After downloading the JAR, run java -jar openapi-generator-cli.jar help to show the usage.

For Mac users, please make sure Java 11 is installed (Tips: run java -version to check the version), and export JAVA_HOME in order to use the supported Java version:

export JAVA_HOME=`/usr/libexec/java_home -v 1.11`
export PATH=${JAVA_HOME}/bin:$PATH

Bash Launcher Script

Platform(s): Linux, macOS, Windows (variable)

One downside to manual JAR downloads is that you don't keep up-to-date with the latest released version. We have a Bash launcher script at bin/utils/ which solves this problem.

To install the launcher script, copy the contents of the script to a location on your path and make the script executable.

An example of setting this up (NOTE: Always evaluate scripts curled from external systems before executing them).

mkdir -p ~/bin/openapitools
curl > ~/bin/openapitools/openapi-generator-cli
chmod u+x ~/bin/openapitools/openapi-generator-cli
export PATH=$PATH:~/bin/openapitools/

Now, openapi-generator-cli is "installed". On invocation, it will query the GitHub repository for the most recently released version. If this matches the last downloaded jar, it will execute as normal. If a newer version is found, the script will download the latest release and execute it.

If you need to invoke an older version of the generator, you can define the variable OPENAPI_GENERATOR_VERSION either ad hoc or globally. You can export this variable if you'd like to persist a specific release version.


# Execute latest released openapi-generator-cli
openapi-generator-cli version

# Execute version 3.1.0 for the current invocation, regardless of the latest released version
OPENAPI_GENERATOR_VERSION=3.1.0 openapi-generator-cli version

# Execute version 3.1.0-SNAPSHOT for the current invocation
OPENAPI_GENERATOR_VERSION=3.1.0-SNAPSHOT openapi-generator-cli version

# Execute version 3.0.2 for every invocation in the current shell session
openapi-generator-cli version # is 3.0.2
openapi-generator-cli version # is also 3.0.2

# To "install" a specific version, set the variable in .bashrc/.bash_profile
echo "export OPENAPI_GENERATOR_VERSION=3.0.2" >> ~/.bashrc
source ~/.bashrc
openapi-generator-cli version # is always 3.0.2, unless any of the above overrides are done ad hoc