Bolt executes ad hoc commands, runs scripts, uploads files, and runs Puppet tasks or task plans on remote nodes from a controller node, such as your laptop or workstation.

When you run bolt commands, you specify the nodes that you want to execute commands on. You can also specify your username and password for nodes that require credentials.

Bolt connects to remote nodes over SSH by default.

To run simple commands or to verify host connectivity, Bolt supports running commands against a node or nodes.

Example of a cross-platform command:

bolt command run "echo 'hello world'"

Note: When connecting to Bolt hosts over WinRM that have not configured SSL for port 5986, passing the --no-ssl switch is required to connect to the default WinRM port 5985.

Running arbitrary commands

You can run commands on remote nodes with Bolt.

Specify the command you want to run and which nodes to run it on. Specify nodes with the node flag, --nodes or -n:
bolt command run <COMMAND> --nodes <NODE>
When executing on WinRM nodes, indicate the WinRM protocol in the nodes string:
bolt command run <COMMAND> --nodes winrm://<WINDOWS.NODE> --user <USERNAME> --password <PASSWORD>

If the command contains spaces or shell special characters, then you must single quote the command:

bolt command run 'echo $HOME' --nodes <NODE>

Running scripts

You can execute scripts on remote machines with Bolt.

Bolt copies the script from the local system to the remote node, executes it on that remote node, and then deletes the script from the remote node.

You can run scripts in any language (such as Bash, PowerShell, or Python), if the appropriate interpreter is installed on the remote system.

To run on remote *nix systems, the script must include a shebang (#!) line specifying the interpreter. For example, for a script written in Bash, provide the path to the Bash interpreter:

echo hello

On *nix, Bolt adds execute permissions on the remote system before executing it. For remote Windows systems, Bolt supports the extensions .ps1.rb, and .pp. To enable other file extensions, add them to your Bolt config, as follows:

   extensions: [.py, .pl]
To run a script, specify the path to the script, and which nodes to run it on. Specify nodes with node flag, --nodes or -n:
bolt script run <PATH/TO/SCRIPT> --nodes <NODE>
When executing on WinRM nodes, include the WinRM protocol in the nodes string:
bolt script run <PATH/TO/SCRIPT> --nodes winrm://<NODE> --user <USERNAME> --password <PASSWORD>

To pass arguments to a script, specify them after the command, such as bolt script run 'echo hello'. If an argument contain spaces or special characters, you must quote it. Argument values are passed literally and are not interpolated by the shell on the remote host, so if you run bolt script run 'echo $HOME', then the script receives the argument 'echo $HOME', rather than any interpolated value.

Uploading files

You can use Bolt to copy files to remote nodes.

To upload a file to a remote node, run the bolt file upload command. Specify the local path to the file, the destination location, and the target nodes.

bolt file upload <SOURCE> <DESTINATION> --nodes <NODES>
bolt file upload my_file.txt /tmp/remote_file.txt --nodes node1,node2
Note: Most transports are not optimized for file copying, so this is best limited to small files.
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