The Prisma Cloud CLI is a command line interface for Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks.

Prisma Cloud CLI

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The Prisma Cloud CLI is a command line interface for Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks.

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This template/solution is released under an as-is, best effort, support policy. These scripts should be seen as community supported and Palo Alto Networks will contribute our expertise as and when possible. We do not provide technical support or help in using or troubleshooting the components of the project through our normal support options such as Palo Alto Networks support teams, or ASC (Authorized Support Centers) partners and backline support options. The underlying product used (Prisma Cloud) by the scripts or templates are still supported, but the support is only for the product functionality and not for help in deploying or using the template or script itself.

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Getting started


  • Python >= 3.8
  • Pip3


pip3 install prismacloud-cli

Installation on Alpine:

sudo pip3 install --upgrade pip && pip3 install --upgrade setuptools
sudo pip3 install prismacloud-cli

Installation on Ubuntu:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install -y python3-venv python3-pip jq
mkdir python_virtual_environments/
cd python_virtual_enviornments/
python3 -m venv prisma_cli_env
source prisma_cli_env/bin/activate
pip3 install prismacloud-cli

Run the script

Run the pc cli script. If you don't have a config file yet, it will help you to create one.

pc version

This process looks like the screenshot below. the prismacloud-cli asks you for some details, stores it in the credentials file and uses that file when it is already available.

First run

Create your own configuration

Create an access key from Settings then Access key Get the path to console from Compute tab, System, Utilities

Create a file into home directory .prismacloud/credentials.json with the following structure.

  "url":      "__REDACTED__",
  "identity": "__REDACTED__",
  "secret":   "__REDACTED__"

You can add additional configurations which you can call by using --config. For example, create a file called ~/.prismacloud/demo.json with the contents above.

Add --config demo to your cli commands.

For example:

pc --config demo -o csv policy

Use environment variables for configuration

By setting the environment variables:


And then run pc referring to a configuration called environment:

pc --config environment <command>

How to use the Prisma Cloud CLI in pipelines (e.g. Github Actions)

See Prisma Cloud CLI in GitHub Actions

How to enable or disable policies at scale via CSV

See How to enable or disable policies at scale via CSV


pc -o csv policy
pc -o json policy | jq
pc tags
pc stats dashboard
pc -o json stats dashboard
pc cloud name
pc --columns stats dashboard

Global options

The following global options are available

  -v, --verbose                   Enables verbose mode.
  -vv, --very_verbose             Enables very verbose mode.
  -o, --output [text|csv|json|html|clipboard|markdown|columns]
  -c, --config TEXT               Select configuration
  --columns TEXT                  Select columns for output
  --help                          Show this message and exit.

Use -o columns to get a list of columns available for --columns, e.g.:

pc -o columns images
pc --columns hostname,repoTag.repo,osDistro -o csv images -l 1

Environment variables

To overwrite the default output settings, use environment variables MAX_WIDTH (console output), MAX_ROWS, MAX_COLUMNS and MAX_LINES.

  • MAX_LINES is used to defined the maximum number of lines within a cell when wrapping the contents.


The cli has several commands to work with, see the screenshot below for an example, but use pc --help to see the latest list for your version.


Use cases

Log4J Impacted Resources

pc -o json stats vulnerabilities --cve CVE-2021-44228 | jq
pc stats vulnerabilities --cve CVE-2021-44228

Use something similar for getting the Spring Shell impacted resources.

Search scan reports for images scanned by the Jenkins plugin or twistcli.

pc scans --help

Select only specific columns for the output:

pc --columns entityInfo.repoTag.registry,entityInfo.repoTag.repo,entityInfo.repoTag.tag,entityInfo.vulnerabilitiesCount scans -l 20 -s nginx

You might also want to add some additional columns and save the output as html:

pc --config local -o html --columns entityInfo.repoTag.registry,entityInfo.repoTag.repo,entityInfo.repoTag.tag,entityInfo.vulnerabilitiesCount,entityInfo.vulnerabilityDistribution.critical,entityInfo.vulnerabilityDistribution.high,entityInfo.vulnerabilityDistribution.medium scans -l 20 -s nginx  > /tmp/results.html

Then, open /tmp/results.html:


Enable CSPM policies with Prisma Cloud CLI

pc policy set --help
pc -vv policy set --status enable --compliance_standard 'CIS v1.4.0 (AWS)'

Disable CSPM policies with Prisma Cloud CLI

pc -vv policy set --status disable --compliance_standard 'CIS v1.4.0 (AWS)'

Code Security

The below examples are using Github as integration but it works as well with other integration:

  • Bitbucket
  • Gitlab
  • AzureRepos
  • Github Enterprise
  • Gitlab Enterprise
  • Bitbucket Enterprise

Count the number of unique git authors across all Github repositories:

pc -ojson repositories count-git-authors -i Github | jq .

Get the details of all CVE across all Github repositories:

 pc -o json repositories search -i Github -c Vulnerabilities -t packageCve --details | jq .

Get all secrets across all Github repositories:

pc -o json repositories search -i Github -c Secrets -t violation  | jq .

Get all drift across all Github repositories:

pc repositories search --integration_type Github --categories Drift

Container registries

Listing registries

To list all container registries:

pc registry list

Triggering Scans

To trigger scans on all registries:

pc registry scan

Including Specific Registries

To include specific registries or repositories in the scan:

pc registry scan --include "registry_name/repo_name" --i "another_registry"

Excluding Specific Registries

To exclude specific registries or repositories from the scan:

pc registry scan --exclude "registry_name/repo_name" --e "another_registry"

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