The pcf utility provides a command line interface to Tanzu Operations Manager for you to deploy and test tiles. The pcf utility enables Tanzu Operations Manager access from CI pipelines, but you might find it convenient to use the CLI rather than the Tanzu Operations Manager UI.

You can use the pcf utility to test your tile’s BOSH errands directly from your CLI, without going through Tanzu Operations Manager and BOSH. This reduces the time it takes to deploy and test each iteration of your software components.


The pcf utility comes bundled with the Tile Generator tool. To install the pcf utility, follow the Tile Generator installation instructions.


The pcf utility searches for a file called metadata in the current directory. This file is expected to provide the URL and credentials to connect to Tanzu Operations Manager, in the following format:

    user name: admin
    password: <redacted>

The reason for this file naming is because this is how Concourse passes credentials of a “claimed” Tanzu Operations Manager pool resource to the CI pipeline scripts. For interactive use, you have to create a metadata file in the directory where you run the pcf command.

Important Do not create this file inside your GIT or other version control system repository. You do not want to accidentally commit these credentials to version control.


The pcf utility implements many different commands.

To see the available commands, run:

$ pcf --help
Usage: pcf [OPTIONS] COMMAND [ARGS]...

  --help  Show this message and exit.


Verifying Tanzu Operations Manager settings

To see which products are available and installed in Tanzu Operations Manager, run:

$ pcf products
- p-bosh (installed)
- cf 1.7.0-build.258 (installed)
- test-tile 0.3.95

To test if a specific product is available or installed from within a script, run:

$ pcf is-available test-tile && echo "Product test-tile is available"
$ pcf is-installed test-tile && echo "Product test-tile is installed"

To retrieve the settings for a specific product, run:

$ pcf settings test-tile
    "network_reference": "669e213111ab5aa1008a",
    "guid": "test-tile-be3e50cf26c530acca6e",
    "jobs": [
            "instance": {
                "identifier": "instances"
            "identifier": "compilation",
            "guid": "compilation-066a85d82fbcd936f9d7",
            "installation_name": "compilation",
            "vm_credentials": {
                "password": <redacted>,
                "salt": <redacted>,
                "identity": "vcap"
            "guid": "deploy-all-b83a7cb7be00ebfd26d6",
            "vm_credentials": {

Deploying tiles

After your software is working correctly, deploy it using test-errand, and you can go through the real Tanzu Operations Manager deployment process from the CLI, just as you can normally do through the Tanzu Operations Manager UI.

Import your .pivotal file into Tanzu Operations Manager:

$ pcf import sample/product/test-tile-0.0.2.pivotal

Install the uploaded version of your product:

$ pcf install test-tile 0.0.2

Where you normally configure the tile settings in the UI, you can use the configure command to pass in any user-specified properties as a YAML file. This command also sets the stemcell for the tile to the same one used by TAS for VMs, to avoid uploading a tile-specific stemcell.

$ pcf configure test-tile sample/missing-properties.yml
- Using stemcell bosh-vsphere-esxi-ubuntu-trusty-go_agent version 3215

The property file looks like this:

customer_name: Jimmy's Johnnys
street_address: Cartaway Alley
city: New Jersey
country: US
username: SpongeBob
password: { 'secret': Square'Pants }
  persistence_store_type: none
# In Tanzu Operations Manager (formerly PCF) 1.8+, BOSH-job-specific configuration is supported:
    # Job resource configuration:
        size_mb: "10240"
    # Job-specific property configuration:
    job_property: property_value

You must define any secret type property value as a hash, in curly brackets. When you specify a simple string value for a text box of this type, it results in a 500 System Error that is returned from the pcf configure property.

The secret type property values can contain special characters.

To see what changes are ready to be applied, run:

$ pcf changes
install: test-tile-207b165fcb7dc8b2597b

To apply these changes, run:

$ pcf apply-changes
  ===== 2016-04-21 18:45:05 UTC Running "bosh-init deploy /var/tempest/workspaces/default/deployments/bosh.yml"
  Deployment manifest: '/var/tempest/workspaces/default/deployments/bosh.yml'
  Deployment state: '/var/tempest/workspaces/default/deployments/bosh-state.json'

  Started validating
    Validating release 'bosh'... Finished (00:00:08)
    Validating release 'bosh-vsphere-cpi'... Finished (00:00:00)
    Validating release 'uaa'... Finished (00:00:06)
    Validating cpi release... Finished (00:00:00)
    Validating deployment manifest... Finished (00:00:00)

The pcf apply-changes property automatically tails the logs for the installation process that it started. If it stops for any reason, you can tail the logs of the most recent installation:

$ pcf logs

Removing tiles

To uninstall a tile, run:

$ pcf uninstall test-tile

If you accumulate a lot of uninstalled tiles or old versions, you can clean up Tanzu Operations Manager’s available products (and disk space):

$ pcf delete-unused-products

Accessing TAS for VMs

To see details about the TAS for VMs of your Tanzu Operations Manager environment, run:

$ pcf cf-info
- admin_password: <redacted>
- admin_username: admin
- apps_domain:
- system_domain:
- system_services_password: <redacted>
- system_services_username: system_services

To target your cf command line interface at this TAS for VMs environment, run:

$ pcf target
Setting api endpoint to

API endpoint: (API version: 2.52.0)
User:           admin
Org:            my-org
Space:          my-space
API endpoint:

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