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Getting Started

Quick start

Install CLI

The quickest way to get started is with our CLI.


brew tap momentohq/tap
brew install momento-cli


  1. Download the latest linux tar.gz file from
  2. Unzip the file: tar -xvf momento-cli-X.X.X.linux_x86_64.tar.gz
  3. Move ./momento to your execution path.


  1. Download the latest windows zip file from
  2. Unzip the file
  3. Run the unzipped .exe file

To verify the CLI was installed correctly, you can run our help command:

$ momento --help
momento 0.12.8
CLI for Momento APIs


-h, --help Print help information
-V, --version Print version information

account Manage Accounts
cache Cache Operations
configure Configure Momento Credentials
help Print this message or the help of the given subcommand(s)

Obtain an auth token

Authentication in Momento is done via an authentication token, and you can sign up for a Momento auth token directly from the command line.

Authentication tokens are associated with a specific Momento region. You can provision an auth token for a region using the account command with your desired cloud provider and region:

AWS [available regions are us-west-2, us-east-1, ap-northeast-1]
momento account signup aws --email <TYPE_YOUR_EMAIL_HERE> --region <TYPE_DESIRED_REGION>
GCP [available regions are us-east1, ap-northeast1]
momento account signup gcp --email <TYPE_YOUR_EMAIL_HERE> --region <TYPE_DESIRED_REGION>
Azure (Coming Soon) reach out if interested
momento account signup azure --email <TYPE_YOUR_EMAIL_HERE> --region <TYPE_DESIRED_REGION>

Be sure to replace <TYPE_YOUR_EMAIL_HERE> with your actual email address. If the region you want to use is not available yet for your selected cloud provider please reach out, and we can quickly add support for you.

Momento will email your auth token to you. You can configure your local CLI to use this token by running the momento configure command:

$ momento configure
Token: // < Enter token from email here.
Default Cache [default-cache]: my-first-cache // Name of cache to use on CLI by default.
Default Ttl Seconds [600]: 30 // Sets the default TTL for cache entries. For demostration purposes we are setting this lower right now.
[2022-03-31T15:31:25Z INFO momento::commands::cache::cache_cli] creating cache...
[2022-03-31T15:31:33Z INFO momento::commands::configure::configure_cli] default cache successfully created

You are now up and running with Momento! Let's see how to use the Momento CLI to cache data in Momento.

Cache some data

The cache command in the Momento CLI is used to interact with your Momento cache. Let's see a few of these commands in action.

First, you can use the set subcommand to store an item in your default Momento cache:

$ momento cache set --key test --value value
[2022-03-31T15:45:17Z INFO momento::commands::cache::cache_cli] setting key: test into cache: my-first-cache
[2022-03-31T15:45:18Z INFO momento::commands::cache::cache_cli] set success

Then, you can retrieve the key using the get subcommand:

$ momento cache get --key test
[2022-03-31T15:45:25Z INFO momento::commands::cache::cache_cli] getting key: test from cache: my-first-cache

In configuring the cache, we set a default TTL of 30 seconds. If you wait 30 seconds and try to retrieve the cache again, you will see the item has disappeared:

$ sleep 30 // wait for item to expire
$ momento cache get --key test
[2022-03-31T15:46:02Z INFO momento::commands::cache::cache_cli] getting key: test from cache: my-first-cache
[2022-03-31T15:46:03Z INFO momento::commands::cache::cache_cli] cache miss

These are the standard get and set data plane operations with the Momento CLI.

You can also manage control plane operations with the Momento CLI, such as creating a cache, deleting a cache, or listing available caches.

You can see all of the available subcommands in the cache command by using the momento cache --help flag in your terminal:

$ momento cache --help
Cache Operations

momento cache [OPTIONS] <SUBCOMMAND>

-h, --help Print help information

create Creates a Momento Cache
delete Deletes the cache
get Gets item from the cache
help Print this message or the help of the given subcommand(s)
list Lists all momento caches
set Stores a given item in cache

Further, you can specify non-default configuration options for your commands, such as a different region, cache name, or TTL.

For more information about any of the parameters for a subcommand, you can use momento cache $SUBCOMMAND --help to learn more.

Next steps

The CLI is great for testing and for understanding the core Momento API, but most of your caching work will be done in your application. For those, you can use the Momento SDKs.

We currently have the following SDK's languages availabile. Check out each repo for detailed instructions and usage examples.