Edge Insights for Vision

ID 772621
Date 9/07/2022

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Introduction to the Edge Software Command Line Interface (CLI)

edgesoftware is a command line interface (CLI) that helps you manage packages on the Intel® Developer Catalog.

This guide describes the CLI commands and their usage. In this guide you will:

  • Try out commands and get familiar with the CLI and the package you installed.

  • Learn to update modules.

  • Learn to install custom components.

  • Learn to export the package you installed, including custom modules, so you can install it on other Edge Nodes.

Get Started with the edgesoftware CLI

Use the information in this section to try out the edgesoftware CLI commands.

To begin:

  1. Open a terminal window.
  2. Go to the edge_insights_vision/ directory.
  3. Try out the following commands.

Get Help or List the Available Commands

  • Command:

    ./edgesoftware --help

  • Response:

    Usage: edgesoftware [OPTIONS] COMMAND [ARGS]...
    A CLI wrapper for management of Intel® Edge Software Hub packages
      -v, --version   Show the version number and exit.
      ––help          Show this message and exit.
      download  Download modules of a package.
      export    Exports the modules of a package.
      install   Install modules of a package.
      list      List the modules of a package.
      log       Show log of CLI events.
      pull      Pull Docker image.
      uninstall Uninstall the modules of a package.
      update    Update the modules of a package.
      upgrade   Upgrade a package.

View the Software Version

  • Command:

    ./edgesoftware --version

  • Response: The edgesoftware version, build date, and target OS.

List the Package Modules

  • Command:

    ./edgesoftware list

  • Response: The modules installed and status.

List Modules Available for Download

  • Command:

    ./edgesoftware list --default

  • Response: All modules available for download for that package version, modules ID and version.

Display the CLI Event Log

  • Command:

    ./edgesoftware log

  • Response: CLI event log information, such as:

    • target system information (hardware and software)
    • system health
    • installation status
    • modules you can install

See the Installation Event Log for a Module

  • Command:

    ./edgesoftware log <MODULE_NAME>

    You can specify multiple <MODULE_NAME> arguments by listing them with a space between each.

    To find the module names, use
    ./edgesoftware list

  • Response: The installation log for the module.

Uninstall the Module

The edgesoftware CLI lets you uninstall individual modules.


./edgesoftware uninstall <Module-ID>

Uninstall the Package

The edgesoftware CLI lets you uninstall the package.


./edgesoftware uninstall -a

Upgrade the Package

The edgesoftware CLI lets you upgrade the package. To check the available package for installation, use the command:

upgrade /edgesoftware <PACKAGE_ID>

During the upgrade process, the current package is uninstalled completely, and the new package gets installed.


./edgesoftware list –v

./edgesoftware upgrade <PACKAGE_ID>

Summary and Next Steps

By following this guide, you tried a few commands to familiarize yourself with the features of the edgesoftware CLI.

Go to Single and Multi-Object Detection with Hardware Acceleration on Linux* to run your first inference application using Edge Insights for Vision.

Go to Intel® Edge Software Configurator Documentation to learn how to use the tool to manage Edge Software Packages, create and manage Containers and Virtual Machines.