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teamdfir / sift-cli

CLI tool to manage a SIFT Install

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Manage your SIFT Installation


  sift [options] list-upgrades [--pre-release]
  sift [options] install [--pre-release] [--version=] [--mode=] [--user=]
  sift [options] update [--mode=]
  sift [options] upgrade [--pre-release] [--mode=]
  sift [options] self-upgrade [--pre-release]
  sift [options] version
  sift [options] debug
  sift -h | --help | -v

Options: --dev Developer Mode (do not use, dangerous, bypasses checks) --version= Specific version install [default: latest] --mode= SIFT Install Mode (desktop, server, complete (legacy) or packages-only (legacy)) [default: desktop] --user= User used for SIFT config [default: ${currentUser}] --no-cache Ignore the cache, always download the release files --verbose Display verbose logging


Open issues over at the main SIFT Repository, prefix all issues with



  1. Go to the Latest Releases
  2. Download all the release files
    • sift-cli-linux
    • sift-cli-linux.sha256.asc
  3. Import the PGP Key -
    gpg --keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys 22598A94
  4. Validate the signature
    gpg --verify sift-cli-linux.sha256.asc
  5. Validate SHA256 signature
    shasum -a 256 -c sift-cli-linux.sha256.asc
    sha256sum -c sift-cli-linux.sha256.asc
    • Note: You'll see an error about improperly formatted lines, it can be ignored so long as you see
      sift-cli-linux: OK
      before it
  6. Move the file to
    sudo mv sift-cli-linux /usr/local/bin/sift
  7. Run
    chmod 755 /usr/local/bin/sift
  8. Type
    sift --help
    to see its usage


Install Latest SIFT

sift install

Install Latest SIFT in Server Mode

Note: Server mode only installs tools and packages, it does not do any modifications that would normally appear on the desktop.

sift install --mode=server

Install Specific Version

sift install v2019.11.0

Update Existing VM

This just makes sure the current version is up-to-date

sift update

Upgrading to new SIFT Release

sift upgrade

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