The VMware Tanzu command-line interface (Tanzu CLI) is a command-line tool that connects you to VMware Tanzu.

The Tanzu CLI is developed in the Tanzu Core CLI open source project. You can use the Tanzu CLI to perform tasks to create and manage your VMware Tanzu infrastructure:

  • Create and manage standalone management clusters
  • Create and manage workload clusters
  • Manage Kubernetes releases
  • Install and manage packages
  • Create and manage application workloads
  • Configure the Tanzu CLI itself

For more information about the latest version of the Tanzu CLI, see Installing and Using VMware Tanzu CLI v1.1.x.

Tanzu CLI Architecture

The Tanzu CLI has a plugin-based architecture, to allow you to download plugins that provide commands that perform different functions for different Tanzu products. For example, you can download and install Tanzu CLI plugins for Tanzu Kubernetes Grid, Tanzu Application Platform, and Tanzu Mission Control. You can also develop your own custom plugins for the Tanzu CLI.

VMware Tanzu CLI architecture

Compatibility with VMware Tanzu Products

The Tanzu CLI is compatible with the following VMware Tanzu products.

Important: For Tanzu CLI releases prior to v0.90.0, the Tanzu CLI is bundled with the product releases, and installation of the CLI is different depending on which product you are using. The table below includes links to the Tanzu CLI and product-specific plugin installation documentation for each product version.
Product name Product version Compatible CLI version(s) CLI and plugin installation

Tanzu Application Platform


v1.0.0 or later



v1.0.0 or later


v1.0.0 or later


v1.0.0 or later


Tanzu Kubernetes Grid

(standalone management cluster)

v2.4.0 or later

v1.0.0 or later (1)


v2.3.0 or later

v1.0.0 or later (1)


v2.2.0 v0.29.0 Instructions
v2.1.1 v0.28.1 Instructions
v1.6.1 v0.25.4 Instructions
Tanzu Mission Control Service




Tanzu Service Mesh v3.2.2

v1.0.0 or later


vSphere With Tanzu

(TKG with Supervisor)

vSphere 8 ≥v8.0.1c

TKG 2.2.0




vSphere 8 ≤v8.0.1

TKG 2.0




vSphere 7 (2)

TKG Service

≤v0.11.x Instructions

(1) For a full list of CLI versions that are compatible with Tanzu Kubernetes Grid v2.3 and later, see Product Interoperability Matrix.

(2) You cannot use any version of the Tanzu CLI greater than v0.11.x with a vSphere with Tanzu Supervisor Cluster in vSphere 7.

Additional Resources

In addition to the user docs, VMware creates a wide array of other VMware Tanzu content and resources to help you with your VMware Tanzu deployments and with application development with VMware Tanzu.

Learn More About Tanzu
  • Visit the VMware Tanzu home page for VMware Tanzu solution briefs, testimonials, and demos, and to find out more about the capabilities of the VMware Tanzu portfolio.

  • Discover and learn about Kubernetes by taking Kubernetes training courses at the KubeAcademy from VMware.

  • Try out the products in the VMware Tanzu portfolio with the Tanzu Hands-on Labs.

  • Visit the VMware Tanzu Developer Center for blogs, whitepapers, getting started guides, code samples, and other developer resources, contributed by both VMware and by the community.

  • Search Knowledge Base articles for troubleshooting and tips for VMware Tanzu products.

  • Get the technical resources to understand and evaluate VMware Tanzu products in the VMware Tanzu Tech Zone.

  • Find VMware Tanzu code samples, tips, and community contributions on VMware {code}.

Tanzu Videos and Podcasts
  • Learn about how VMware Tanzu helps you to create a Kubernetes development and deployment platform by browsing the library of videos on the VMware Tanzu and VMware Cloud Native Apps YouTube channels, as well as on Twitch

  • Watch live and recorded demos, webinars, and regular episodes of Tanzu Tuesdays on Tanzu.TV!

  • Listen to the regular Tanzu Talk Podcasts!

Tanzu News
  • VMware posts regularly about VMware Tanzu products, product releases, and events on the VMware Tanzu Blog. You can find more news and articles on the VMware Cloud Blog.

  • Follow VMware Tanzu on Twitter and Facebook.

  • Posts provide information about how customers are using VMware Tanzu products, including best practices and design principles, as well as the latest news about running Kubernetes and open source technology on VMware, and managing your VMware Tanzu deployments.