Kandji Agent Command Line Interface

Learn how to interact with the Kandji Agent using its Command Line Interface (CLI)

While Kandji Agent is primarily hands-off after it is installed on a Mac, a few Terminal commands are available.


sudo kandji run

The agent will run and check in immediately. Normally, the agent checks in every 15 minutes. Without an internet connection, the agent will run in offline mode.

sudo kandji run --reset-daily
Adding --reset-daily to the run command will run all Parameters, including those that are run only once per day.

Run Daily MDM Inventory Update

sudo kandji update-mdm

The agent will request the MDM server to initiate its daily MDM commands, such as validating Apps & Books from Apple Business Manager, as well as querying certain device information. 

Collect Apps

sudo kandji collect-apps

Collects full application inventory from the Mac.

Run Library Items 

sudo kandji library

Checks for library items to execute. Available library command options:

Option Description
--list List all of the library items assigned to the computer.


Get the current state of the Kandji Agent library manager.


Run a specific library item by name or library item ID; specify -F to force the execution. 


Cancel the currently running library item and clears the current queue. 

Print Kandji Logs

sudo kandji logs

Prints log entries for the Kandji Agent subsystem from the unified logging system.

Redirect the output of the command using > to save to an external log file. 

Available logs command options:

Option Description
--no-format Print log entries without ANSI color formating. 

--last {Seconds}

Specify the number of previous seconds to print logs from. (actual results limited based on unified log storage) 


Includes debug level logs, debug logging must be enabled prior. 

Debug logging can be enabled by running: 

sudo log config --mode "level:debug" --subsystem io.kandji.KandjiAgent

Debug logging can be disabled by running:

sudo log config --mode "level:default" --subsystem io.kandji.KandjiAgent

Example command usage:

sudo kandji logs --no-format --debug --last 10000 >~/Desktop/kandji.log

Scriptable Option: Reboot

sudo kandji reboot --delaySeconds NumberOfSeconds

This option can be used in scripted workflows to force a reboot leveraging the Kandji Agent and menu bar application, It is visually similar to the reboot forced during FileVault enablement or a Managed OS upgrade.

Initiates a restart by prompting the logged-in user with a countdown timer. If no delay is specified, the default 1800 (30 minutes) will be used. If no user is logged in, the delay will be ignored and the Mac will restart immediately.

Scriptable Option: Dock

sudo kandji dock --add bundleIdentifier [--all]

This option can be used in scripted workflows to add items to the end of the macOS Dock of the currently logged-in user.

The application referred to by the bundle identifier must be in the /Applications folder. 

Optionally specifying the --all option adds the icon to the end of the Dock for all user accounts. 

Scriptable Option: Alert

sudo kandji display-alert [--title text] [--message text] [--icon path_to_image] [--suppression-key string] [--help-url url]

This command can be used in scripted workflows to present an alert to users. It has several options, outlined below.  

Option Description Default if not provided
--title Specifies a custom title for the alert window "Alert"


Specifies a custom message for the alert window No default value


Specifies a custom icon for the alert window Kandji Agent icon


If provided, will show an option to the user: "Do not show this message again" 

If this suppression key is provided in a future alert, and the user opted to not see it again, the alert will not be shown. 
No default value

If no suppression key is specified, the "Do not show this message again" option is not displayed. 

Allows for specifying a custom URL for the alert Help button.

Must be an https URL 

No default value

If no URL is specified, the Help button is not displayed. 


Below is an example of an alert in macOS Big Sur

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sudo kandji version

Displays the installed Kandji Agent version.


sudo kandji help

Displays help text.