nx-cloud CLI

npx nx-cloud start-ci-run

At the beginning of your main job, invoke npx nx-cloud start-ci-run. This tells Nx Cloud that the following series of command correspond to the same CI run.

You can configure your CI run by passing the following flags:


Tells Nx Cloud how many agents to use (and what launch templates to use) to distribute tasks. E.g., npx nx-cloud start-ci-run --distribute-on="8 linux-medium-js" will distribute CI using 8 agents that are initialized using the linux-medium-js launch template.

You can use different types of launch templates as follows: npx nx-cloud start-ci-run --distribute-on="5 linux-medium-js, 3 linux-large-js".

You can also define the configuration in a file and reference it as follows: npx nx-cloud start-ci-run --distribute-on=".nx/workflows/dynamic-changesets.yaml".

1distribute-on: 2 small-changeset: 3 linux-medium-js 3 medium-changeset: 6 linux-medium-js 4 large-changeset: 10 linux-medium-js 5


By default, invoking npx nx-cloud start-ci-run will take all env vars prefixed with NX_ and send them over to agents. This means that your access token, verbose logging configuration and other NX related env vars will be the same on your main CI jobs and on agents.

If you want to pass other env vars from the main job to agents, you can do it as follows: --with-env-vars="VAR1,VAR2". This will set VAR1 and VAR2 on agents to the same values set on the main job before any steps run.

You can also pass --with-env-vars="auto" which will filter out all OS-specific env vars and pass the rest to agents.

Note: none of the values passed to agents are stored by Nx Cloud.


By default, invoking npx nx-cloud start-ci-run will configure Nx to distribute all commands by default. You can disable this as follows: npx nx-cloud start-ci-run --use-dte-by-default=false.


By default, a failure in one of the commands is going to terminate the whole CI run and will stop all the agents. You can disable this as follows: npx nx-cloud start-ci-run --stop-agents-on-failure=false.


By default, Nx Cloud won't terminate any agents until you invoke npx nx-cloud stop-all-agents because Nx Cloud doesn't know if you will need agents to run another command. This can result in agents being idle at the end of a CI run.

You can fix it by telling Nx Cloud that it can terminate agents after it sees a certain target: npx nx-cloud start-ci-run --stop-agents-after=e2e.


By default, Nx Cloud will monitor the main CI job and once it completes it will complete the associated CIPE object on the Nx Cloud side. You can disable this by passing --require-explicit-completion. In this case, you will have to add npx nx-cloud complete-ci-run.

Enabling/Disabling Distribution

Invoking npx nx-cloud start-ci-run will tell Nx to distribute by default. You can enable/disable distribution for individual commands as follows:

  • nx affected -t build --agents (explicitly enable distribution)
  • nx affected -t build --no-agents (explicitly disable distribution)

npx nx-cloud stop-all-agents

Same as npx nx-cloud complete-ci-run.

This command tells Nx Cloud to terminate all agents associated with this CI pipeline execution. Invoking this command is not needed anymore. New versions of Nx Cloud can track when the main job terminates and terminate associated agents automatically.