CLI Tool
Documentation for the CLI Tool


The Command Line Interface tool (CLI) allows you to quickly bootstrap full working projects as well as interface with the API. To see the source code behind this tool, check out the Open Source project on Github @


Installation is easy... Simply type the following in your command line.
npm install -g formio-cli



formio migrate <source> [<transformer>] <destination> --src-key [SOURCE_API_KEY] --dst-key [DESTINATION_API_KEY]
The migrate command allows you to migrate submission data from one source to another using a simple command. You can either migrate data from a CSV into a form, or from a form into another form. This works by taking the data from <source>, sending it through a middleware function called <transformer> (which you provide) that transforms the data into the correct format, and then saving that data as a submission into the <destination> form. If you are migrating data from one form to the same form within two different projects, you will just provide form as your transform and your command would be as follows.
formio migrate <source> form <destination> --src-key [SOURCE_API_KEY] --dst-key [DESTINATION_API_KEY]
As an example, if you wish to move submission data from one form in a project to your remotely deployed project. You can use the following command.
formio migrate form --src-key abc1234 --dst-key cde2468
Where you would replace the domains of your from and to, but also need to replace the src-key and dst-key with the API Keys from the from project and API key of your destination project respectively.
Migrating an entire project
You can also migrate an entire project by using the "project" transform as follows.
formio migrate project
Migrating from CSV
In many cases, you may wish to migrate data from a local CSV file into a project submission table. This requires the transform middleware where you will map the columns of your CSV file into the Submission data going into
Example: Let's suppose you have the following CSV file of data.
First Name, Last Name, Email
Joe, Smith, [email protected]
Jane, Thompson, [email protected]
Terry, Jones, [email protected]
And now you wish to import all of that data into a form. You can create the transform file like the following.
var header = true;
module.exports = function(record, next) {
if (header) {
// Ignore the header row.
header = false;
return next();
next(null, {
data: {
firstName: record[0],
lastName: record[1],
email: record[2]
This transform middleware file can be a complete Node.js middleware method and works asynchronously so if you need to perform asynchronous behavior, you can do that by only calling the next function when the record is ready.
You can now migrate that data into your form with the following command.
formio migrate import.csv transform.js --key [YOUR_API_KEY]


formio clone <source_db> <destination_db> --src-project=[PROJECT_ID]
Clones a project from one database into another, and includes all forms, submissions, and every other resources within the project. This command also retains any _id's from the source database.

Clone Submissions

formio clone -o <source_db> <destination_db> --src-project=[PROJECT_ID]
This command only clones the submissions from one environment to another.


formio deploy [src] [dst]
You can deploy a project on a paid plan on to a hosted server with this command. Specify the source and destination servers and the project will be created or updated on the destination server.
// A project without a server is implied from
formio deploy myproject http://myproject.localhost:3000
// Projects can be specified with a subdomain.
formio deploy http://myproject.localhost:3000
// Projects can also be referred to with their project id which will need to be looked up.
formio deploy{projectId} http://localhost:3000/project/{projectId}
Each server will require authentication so you will be asked twice, once for the source and once for the destination. These can also be specified with --src-username, --src-password, --dst-username, --dst-password.


formio copy form [src] [dest]
This command will copy the components of a form into another form. This will overwrite all components within the destination form if that form exists. You can also chain together multiple source forms which will aggregate the components of those forms into the destination form.
// Copy a form from one project to another.
formio copy form
// Aggregate multiple forms into the same form.
formio copy form,