lava-tool is the command-line tool for interacting with the various services offered by LAVA via XML-RPC APIs. The full list of API calls is visible on the Available methods link from the API menu:


lava-tool is primarily designed to assist users and uses desktop integration hooks provided by python-keyring and gnome-keyring. If writing or using scripts that need to interact with LAVA, it is recommended to use XML-RPC API calls directly rather than calling lava-tool; this will avoid the need to prompt for a password to access the local user keyring. Scripts used by build servers and continuous integration tools should ideally use a dedicated user account, for similar reasons.

The API help page includes an example python script to connect to the local instance. To add token support, use the syntax username:token for the server concerned:

server = xmlrpclib.ServerProxy("https://%s:%s@%s/RPC2" % (username, token, server))

See XML-RPC for more information.

Installing lava-tool

lava-tool is installed alongside LAVA by default, when the top level lava package is installed on a Debian-based distribution. lava-tool can also be installed on any remote machine running a Debian-based distribution, without needing the rest of LAVA. This allows a remote user to interact with any LAVA instance on which the user has an account.:

$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install lava-tool

(If you are installing on Debian Jessie, you may want to first enable jessie-backports to install an updated lava-tool to use some superuser operations or for other updates.)


lava-tool is being updated and new features are being added as the migration to V2 continues. It is important that all users update the lava-tool package to continue working with V2.

Using lava-tool

Once the token is created, add it to the keyring for lava-tool. Click on the “Display the token” link on the “Authentication Tokens” page and copy the token. e.g. if your token was created on

Older versions of lava-tool require a password on the keyring:

$ lava-tool auth-add https://<username>
Paste token for https://<username>
Please set a password for your new keyring:
Please confirm the password:
Token added successfully for user <username>.

Current versions do not require a password:

neil@stretch:~$ lava-tool auth-add
Paste token for
Token added successfully for user neil.williams.


Paste the token copied previously when it is asked above. Replace username with your username. If you don’t already have a keyring, a new one will be created automatically. Set/use a password for keyring access as appropriate here.

New features

lava-tool newer than 0.19-1 includes improved support for keyring handling. The backend for token storage has changed and means that existing authentications will not be usable to this new version. This change has been made to fix persistent problems with the python-keyring support, including:

  • DBus errors when used over SSH
  • Interaction with gnome-keyring causing authentication failure
  • Inability to list or remove authentications added to the keyring
  • Inability to work with other keyring solutions.

The new backend is able to list and remove authentications. The new support also removes the need for a default password on the user keyring, so lava-tool will no longer pause waiting for password entry. A key benefit of the new backend is the ability to shorten the authentication strings used for all operations using lava-tool through the new auth-config support.

Once a token has been added, shortcuts can be enabled so that instead of needing to type, the equivalent command can simply be staging by setting the endpoint shortcut to staging and setting the default-user:

neil@stretch:~$ lava-tool auth-list
No tokens found
neil@stretch:~$ lava-tool auth-add
Paste token for
Token added successfully for user neil.williams.

Now set the user for this authentication as the default user for this endpoint (

neil@stretch:~$ lava-tool auth-config --default-user
Auth configuration successfully updated on endpoint

Now set a shortcut for as staging:

neil@stretch:~$ lava-tool auth-config --endpoint-shortcut staging
Auth configuration successfully updated on endpoint

Show the current authentication configuration:

neil@stretch:~$ lava-tool auth-list
Endpoint URL:
endpoint-shortcut: staging
default-user: neil.williams
Tokens found for users: neil.williams

Use the shortcut to submit a testjob:

neil@stretch:~$ cp /usr/share/doc/lava-server-doc/html/v2/examples/test-jobs/qemu-pipeline-first-job.yaml .
neil@stretch:~$ lava-tool submit-job staging qemu-pipeline-first-job.yaml
submitted as job:

No more typos or forgetting the RPC2 suffix, lava-tool does the work.