How to Install Salesforce CLI

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Overview of Salesforce CLI

The Salesforce Command Line Interface (CLI) is a tool that you can use to manage your Salesforce org and development environment from the command line. It allows you to perform tasks such as creating and modifying metadata, uploading and downloading data, and testing and deploying code changes.

Here are some of the key features of the Salesforce CLI:

  • Connect to any Salesforce org: You can use the Salesforce CLI to connect to any Salesforce org, whether it’s a production org, a sandbox, or a scratch org.
  • Work with metadata: You can use the Salesforce CLI to create, modify, and delete metadata in your org, such as Apex classes, custom objects, and Lightning components.
  • Work with data: You can use the Salesforce CLI to import and export data from your org, including both standard and custom objects.
  • Test and deploy code changes: You can use the Salesforce CLI to run Apex tests, deploy code changes to your org, and monitor the status of deployments.

Overall, the Salesforce CLI is a powerful tool that can help you streamline your development workflow and manage your Salesforce org more efficiently.

How to Install Salesforce CLI

To install the Salesforce Command Line Interface (CLI), you will need to have Node.js and npm (Node Package Manager) installed on your system.

Step 1:  First, check if you have Node.js and npm installed by running the following commands in your terminal:

node -v or npm -v

check whether NPM is installed or not

If you see a version number for both commands, you have Node.js and npm installed and you can skip Step 2

Step 2:  To install Node.js, which is a prerequisite for salesforce CLI. You can download it from the official website (

Step 3:  Open the command prompt and run the following command to install salesforce CLI:

npm install sfdx-cli --global

This will install the Salesforce CLI globally, which means you can use it from any directory on your system.

Step 4: Verify that the installation was successful by running the following command:

sfdx --version

You should see a version number printed, indicating that the Salesforce CLI is installed and working correctly.

Step 5: To authorize your org, you can use the following command:

sfdx force:auth:web:login -a <your_alias>

Note: You can use the -a flag to specify an alias for your org so that you can use it in the commands.

Now you are ready to use Salesforce CLI. You can use the following command to list all the available commands:
sfdx help

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