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After you have installed APEXcl, you will have access to the APEXcl commands on your terminal. Every command is used by typing the following format on your terminal: apexcl [command] [options].

This page describes all the possible commands you can use.

At any time during the execution of an APEXcl command, you can exit with ctrl + c.


(This is exclusive to the APEXcl Cloud or free trial license)

You can use APEXcl in two different ways: a Cloud service and an On-prem service.

With our Cloud service, there is nothing to install in your database. APEXcl users provide the path to their application export file, which is then processed by our Cloud installation of APEXcl. The results of the processing are then sent back to the end user.

Usage: apexcl cloud [options]

Use the APEXcl Cloud service to get your files from an APEX application export file.

  -f, --file <filePath>      Path to your APEX application export file.
  -o, --output <outputPath>  Path where APEXcl will extract files.
  -a, --app                  Export your entire APEX application.
  -p, --page <pageId>        Export page <pageId> of your APEX application.
  -s, --sharedcomponents     Export only the shared components.
  -h, --help                 output usage information

Our Cloud service automatically cleans any bit of data you send to us once the process is over. We don’t keep anything.


(This is exclusive to the APEXcl On-prem or free trial license)

If you use APEXcl Cloud, you do not need to use the init command.

If you use APEXcl On-prem, before you can make extract your files you first need to run the init command to establish the connection between APEXcl, the Oracle database and your APEX application. This step should only be run once per APEX application.

You will be prompted with a series of questions, such as your application ID, database credentials, and a few APEXcl specific options (described below).

Usage: apexcl init [options]

Configure the settings for the 'apexcl export' command (see below).

  -h, --help  output usage information

After running the init command, a file named apexcl.config.json will be created in the current directory of your terminal. The apexcl.config.json looks like this:

  "appId": "200",
  "database": {
    "user": "hr",
    "password": "mypassword",
    "connectString": "localhost:1521/XEPDB1"
  "apexclSchema": "APEXCL",
  "ignoreSequence": true,
  "exportAppSql": false,
  "includeAudit": false,
  "includeStaticFiles": false
Property Type Required Default Description Example
appId string Yes The application ID of the APEX application to be exported 100
exportPath string No (current command line directory) Path where the application will be exported. Warning: when APEXcl exports an application, it erases the content of this folder and repopulates it. ~/MyProject/apex
database.user string Yes The database user for the parsing schema of the APEX application dev
database.password password Yes The database password for the parsing schema of the APEX application oracle
database.connectString string Yes The database connection string for the parsing schema of the APEX application. For more info on Oracle connection strings, please read localhost:1521/orcl
apexclSchema string No APEXCL The database user on which APEXcl is installed APEXCL
ignoreSequence boolean No true Sequences in APEX change a LOT when you start adding and moving components (Region sequence, item sequence, etc.), and they don’t provide much value for code review. By default, APEXcl will ignore sequences, but you can turn that option off to include sequences in your APEXcl export files.


(This is exclusive to the APEXcl On-prem or free trial license)

Use the export command to start the extraction process of your APEX application, from your own database, to your file system. You can repeat this process many times during your development, such as:

  • after a functionality is complete
  • daily check-in
Usage: apexcl export [options]

Use APEXcl to export your application directly from your own database.

  -a, --app               Export an entire APEX application.
  -p, --page <pageId>     Export page <pageId> of an APEX application.
  -s, --sharedcomponents  Export only the shared components.
  -h, --help              output usage information

You can use the export command in different ways. You have the choice to export:

  1. Your entire APEX application
  2. A specific page of your APEX application
  3. The shared components of your APEX application

By typing apexcl export on your terminal, you will be asked which of the three options to pick. You can use the shortcuts to skip the interactive questions (e.g.apexcl export --app or apexcl export --page 1 or apexcl export --sharedcomponents).


After you have purchased an APEXcl license (Cloud, On-prem, or free trial), use the login command to authenticate your account into your system. You only have to use the login command once and you will be able to use APEXcl for as long as your subscription is valid.

\$ apexcl login [options]

-h, --help output usage information

$ apexcl login
$ apexcl login -h


Logout from your APEXcl account. This will delete the license key on your computer. You can no longer use APEXcl after you have logged out, until you log in again with a valid account.

\$ apexcl logout [options]

-h, --help output usage information

$ apexcl logout
$ apexcl logout -h
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