Juju Actions

Juju Charms can describe Actions that users can take on deployed services.

Actions are scripts that can be triggered on a unit via the CLI or the Juju web UI. Parameters for an action are passed as a map, either defined in a YAML file or given through the UI, and are validated against the schema defined in actions.yaml. See Actions for the charm author for more information.

Actions are sub-commands of the juju action command. To get more on their usage, use juju help action.

The following subcommands are specified:

defined - show actions defined for a service
do      - queue an action for execution
fetch   - show results of an action by ID
status  - show results of all actions filtered by optional ID prefix

Action commands

juju action defined

List the actions defined on a service.


juju action defined git


add-repo: Create a git repository.
add-repo-user: Give a user permissions to access a repository.
add-user: Create a new user.
get-repo: Return the repository's path.
list-repo-users: List all users who have access to a repository.
list-repos: List existing git repositories.
list-user-repos: List all the repositories a user has access to.
list-users: List all users.
remove-repo: Remove a git repository.
remove-repo-user: Revoke a user's permissions to access a repository.
remove-user: Remove a user.

To show the full schema for all the actions on a service, append the --schema argument to the above command. For example, here's the beginning of the output when this is done:


juju action defined git --schema


  additionalProperties: false
  description: Create a git repository.                       
      description: Name of the git repository.
      type: string 
  - repo                            
  title: add-repo            
  type: object

Note that the full schema is under the properties key of the root Action. Juju Actions rely on JSON-Schema for validation. The top-level keys shown for the Action (description and properties) may include future additions to the feature.

juju action do

Trigger an action (the ID of the action will be displayed, for use with juju action fetch <ID> or juju action status <ID>; see below):

juju action do git/0 list-users

This will return the ID for the new action:

Action queued with id: cf0ec3d5-ce5b-4256-87c3-e5b05a0df724

Parameters can be passed directly:

juju action do git/0 add-repo repo=myproject

This will return the ID for the new action:

Action queued with id: 4f4fdc54-d8d9-4d0f-842a-b1dcc0c9eaca

You can also set parameters indirectly via a YAML file (those provided directly take precedence):

Example params.yaml

repo: myproject
sure: no

With the above example params.yaml file, we could remove the myproject git repository with the following command:

juju action do git/0 remove-repo --params=params.yaml sure=yes

juju action fetch

Fetch the results of an action identified by its ID:

juju action fetch 4f4fdc54-d8d9-4d0f-842a-b1dcc0c9eaca


  dir: /var/git/myproject.git
status: completed
  completed: 2017-08-22 18:37:14 +0000 UTC
  enqueued: 2017-08-22 18:37:12 +0000 UTC
  started: 2017-08-22 18:37:13 +0000 UTC

juju action status

Query the status of an action identified by its ID:

juju action status 4f4fdc54-d8d9-4d0f-842a-b1dcc0c9eaca


- id: 4f4fdc54-d8d9-4d0f-842a-b1dcc0c9eaca
  status: completed
  unit: git/0