The following commands are currently supported: - list: List all attached Nitrokey devices. - status: Report status information about the Nitrokey. - lock: Lock the Nitrokey. - config: Access the Nitrokey's configuration - get: Read the current configuration. - set: Change the configuration. - encrypted: Work with the Nitrokey Storage's encrypted volume. - open: Open the encrypted volume. The user PIN needs to be entered. - close: Close the encrypted volume. - hidden: Work with the Nitrokey Storage's hidden volume. - create: Create a hidden volume. - open: Open a hidden volume with a password. - close: Close a hidden volume. - otp: Access one-time passwords (OTP). - get: Generate a one-time password. - set: Set an OTP slot. - status: List all OTP slots. - clear: Delete an OTP slot. - pin: Manage the Nitrokey's PINs. - clear: Remove the user and admin PIN from gpg-agent's cache. - set: Change the admin or the user PIN. - unblock: Unblock and reset the user PIN. - pws: Access the password safe (PWS). - get: Query the data on a PWS slot. - set: Set the data on a PWS slot. - status: List all PWS slots. - clear: Delete a PWS slot. - unencrypted: Work with the Nitrokey Storage's unencrypted volume. - set: Change the read-write mode of the unencrypted volume.
Usage is as simple as providing the name of the respective command as a parameter (note that some commands are organized through subcommands, which are required as well), e.g.:
# Open the nitrokey's encrypted volume. $ nitrocli storage open $ nitrocli status Status: model: Storage serial number: 0x00053141 firmware version: 0.47 user retry count: 3 admin retry count: 3 Storage: SD card ID: 0x05dcad1d firmware: unlocked storage keys: created volumes: unencrypted: active encrypted: active hidden: inactive # Close it again. $ nitrocli storage close
More examples, a more detailed explanation of the purpose, the potential
subcommands, as well as the parameters of each command are provided in
In addition to Rust itself and Cargo, its package management tool, the
following dependencies are required:
- hidapi: In order to provide USB access this library is used.
- GnuPG: The
gpg-connect-agent program allows the user to enter
Packages are available for:
- Arch Linux:
nitrocli in the Arch User Repository
nitrocli (since Debian Buster)
- Gentoo Linux:
nitrocli (since Ubuntu 19.04)
nitrocli is published on crates.io and can directly be installed from there:
$ cargo install nitrocli --root=$PWD/nitrocli
After cloning the repository the build is as simple as running:
$ cargo build --release
It is recommended that the resulting executable be installed in a
directory accessible via the
PATH environment variable.
nitrocli comes with Bash completion support for options and
arguments to them. A completion script can be generated via the
shell-complete utility program and then only needs to be sourced to
make the current shell provide context-sensitive tab completion support.
$ cargo run --bin=shell-complete > nitrocli.bash $ source nitrocli.bash
The generated completion script can be installed system-wide as usual
and sourced through Bash initialization files, such as
- Due to a problem with the default
hidapiversion on macOS, users are advised to build and install [
libnitrokey] from source and then set the
USE_SYSTEM_LIBNITROKEYenvironment variable when building
nitrocliusing one of the methods described above.
nitroclicannot connect to a Nitrokey device that is currently being accessed by
nitrokey-app(upstream issue). To prevent this problem, quit
- Applications using the Nitrokey device (such as
nitrokey-app) cannot easily share access with an instance of GnuPG running shortly afterwards (upstream issue).
Contributions are generally welcome. Please follow the guidelines outlined in CONTRIBUTING.md.
Robin Krahl (@robinkrahl) has been a crucial help for the development of nitrocli.
The Nitrokey UG has generously provided the necessary hardware for developing and testing the program.
nitrocli is made available under the terms of the GPLv3.
See the LICENSE file that accompanies this distribution for the full text of the license.