What is the difference between CLI clients and Run CLI apps?

CLI ClientsClients are standalone command line tools installed on a local system (Windows, Linux, OSX) running Java 1.8 or above. Clients access Atlassian products via remote APIs. All clients are available via the Atlassian CLI Client distribution. Clients can access any Atlassian product server, including Cloud servers, that have the appropriate remote APIs enabled and are at a supported version. Since version 4, a CLI Connector component must be installed on the server. See Atlassian CLI License for licensing information.
CLI ConnectorsThese are product-specific add-ons that are used to enable server based licensing and may provide additional services for clients.
Run CLI Actions add-ons

These are product-specific add-ons that bundle Atlassian CLI (ACLI) capabilities within product specific functionality. The bundled Atlassian CLI allows for easy UPM upgrades and removes dependency on an external installation. The ACLI actions are specified in the same syntax and run virtually the same code from within the product as would be case if run from a client command line. In particular, they need similar parameter settings including the server URL for the Atlassian product server that needs to be accessed remotely. Add-ons are individually licensed as Atlassian paid add-ons. In most cases, actions can be run against other remote instances without the remote instance needing a CLI Connector installed. 

  • Some Atlassian CLI clients require a connector app be installed on the Atlassian application that is intended to be accessed. Connector app installation must be done by a system administrator.
  • The Atlassian CLI is not just a powerful client based interface, but is also available as an embedded service in Run CLI apps and other apps! Run CLI app installation must be done by a system administrator.

Connector Apps

Run CLI Actions

    • Provides a connection between clients included in the Atlassian CLI app and their corresponding Atlassian application instance. 
    • A system administrator must install and license a connector in order for a client to run actions for the application instance.
  • All-in-one embedded solution.
    All the power of every CLI client —embedded in your Atlassian app.  
  • Execute CLI actions right within your Atlassian apps:
    • via workflow functions or UI in Jira
    • via macros in Confluence
  • Integrate and automate any CLI supported external app. 





  1. Bamboo is not available for Cloud.
  2. Bitbucket connector is not available for Cloud as the Bitbucket Cloud client does not need a connector.