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tibet-tws(1) -- manage the TIBET Workflow System (TWS)


tibet tws [--confirm[=true|false]] [--no-confirm] <cancel|disable|enable|init|list|push| remove|restart|retry|submit|validate> [<flags>]


Interacts with a CouchDB database specifically with respect to TIBET Workflow Sytem (TWS) operation. The TWS leverages CouchDB for storage of both workflow definitions and active workflow job execution. The tibet tws command allows you to view, cancel, retry, and otherwise interact with the TWS engine and the data which drives it.

Required CouchDB parameters such as server URL and database name are first checked against ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES, then against a set of TIBET configuration values rooted on tds.tws.

If the --confirm flag is active (the default) parameter values that are discovered are presented to you for confirmation/adjustment. Prompting can be turned off via the --no-confirm flag or the cli.tws.confirm configuration value.

For example:

$ export COUCH_DATABASE=dbtest_tasks
$ export COUCH_USER={username}
$ export COUCH_PASS={password}
$ export COUCH_KEY={api_key}  # optional

$ tibet tws list --flows
mailtest::Team TIBET => ["smtp"] (31ee427eac51b94470bdfd14da00715e)
mailtest::Team TIBET => ["mailer"] (e52b072b50c597298c310ea9c8004abd)
mailtest::Team TIBET => ["mailer"] (e52b072b50c597298c310ea9c8004d32)
mailtwo::Team TIBET => ["formatter","mailer"] (e52b072b50c597298c310ea9c80050b2)
sample::Team TIBET => ["sample","smtp"] (e52b072b50c597298c310ea9c800af06)


  • --confirm : Should database URL and other parameters be confirmed when provided. Default is true. Use --no-confirm to disable. If you want to disable confirmations in general you can set the TIBET configuration value cli.tws.confirm to false.


  • tds.tws.scheme : The CouchDB server scheme. Default is http.

  • : The CouchDB server hostname or IP address. Default is

  • tds.tws.port : The CouchDB server port. Default is 5984.

  • tds.tws.db_name: The CouchDB database name to use. Defaults to the current project name + _tasks.

  • tds.tws.db_app: The CouchDB application name to use. Defaults to tws.


  • COUCH_DATABASE : The name of the CouchDB database to use for operations. Normally defaults to the project name in a TIBET+CouchDB project with a _tasks suffix added.

  • COUCH_APPNAME : The name of the design document (application) in the database to use for view lookup and application-related operations. Defaults to tws.

  • COUCH_URL : The URL of the CouchDB server. For example This URL can include username and password information but for more security it is recommended you use COUCH_USER, COUCH_PASS, and COUCH_KEY variables instead. If you do supply credentials be aware these values should be URL-encoded (for example 'pass/word' must be provided as 'pass%2fword'). A sample basic auth URL will resemble the following: http://admin:pass%2fword@

  • COUCH_USER : The username for the CouchDB server being accessed. Should be exported as a URL-encoded value.

  • COUCH_PASS : The password for the CouchDB server account being accessed. Should be exported as a URL-encoded value.

  • COUCH_KEY : The API key (if used) for the CouchDB server being accessed. Should be exported as a URL-encoded value.


Initialize The Workflow Database

Use the `tibet tws init` command:

$ tibet tws init
CouchDB url [] ?
using base url ''.
Database name [testcouch_tasks] ?
Application name [tws] ?
confirming TWS database
creating TWS database
confirming TWS design doc
inserting TWS design doc
confirming TWS core views
inserting TWS flows view
inserting TWS jobs view
inserting TWS jobs_active view
inserting TWS jobs_cancelled view
inserting TWS jobs_failed view
inserting TWS jobs_complete view
inserting TWS tasks view
TWS initialized

Enable / Disable The Workflow Engine

$ tibet tws enable --engine
Updating development configuration.
TWS enabled in development.

$ tibet tws disable --engine
Updating development configuration.
TWS disabled in development.

Enable / Disable A Flow

To enable or disable a flow you need to access the flow document's ID. You
can get this information by listing the flows. Each flow's ID will be shown
in parenthesis behind the flow.

$ tibet tws list --flows
mailtest::Team TIBET => ["smtp"] (31ee427eac51b94470bdfd14da00715e)
mailtest::Team TIBET => ["mailer"] (e52b072b50c597298c310ea9c8004abd)
mailtest::Team TIBET => ["mailer"] (e52b072b50c597298c310ea9c8004d32)
mailtwo::Team TIBET => ["formatter","mailer"] (e52b072b50c597298c310ea9c80050b2)
sample::Team TIBET => ["sample","smtp"] (e52b072b50c597298c310ea9c800af06)

Use `tibet tws disable --flow` to disable a specific flow:

$ tibet tws disable --flow e52b072b50c597298c310ea9c8004abd
    "ok": true,
    "id": "e52b072b50c597298c310ea9c8004abd",
    "rev": "2-9a9c8c21cfbebe25c1a55d48396f1599"

$ tibet tws enable --flow e52b072b50c597298c310ea9c8004abd
    "ok": true,
    "id": "e52b072b50c597298c310ea9c8004abd",
    "rev": "3-502d6a76bf49442e8fe822b95c39a178"

List Flows/Jobs/Tasks/Views

$ tibet tws list --flows
mailtest::Team TIBET => ["smtp"] (31ee427eac51b94470bdfd14da00715e)
mailtest::Team TIBET => ["mailer"] (e52b072b50c597298c310ea9c8004abd)
mailtest::Team TIBET => ["mailer"] (e52b072b50c597298c310ea9c8004d32)
mailtwo::Team TIBET => ["formatter","mailer"] (e52b072b50c597298c310ea9c80050b2)
sample::Team TIBET => ["sample","smtp"] (e52b072b50c597298c310ea9c800af06)

$ tibet tws list --jobs
sample::Team TIBET => $$ready (e52b072b50c597298c310ea9c800ef49)
sample::Team TIBET => $$ready (e52b072b50c597298c310ea9c8011ce9)
sample::Team TIBET => $$ready (e52b072b50c597298c310ea9c8015de3)

$ tibet tws list --tasks
s3 => plugin s3-upload (e52b072b50c597298c310ea9c8010560)
sample => plugin sample (e52b072b50c597298c310ea9c8010885)
sample => plugin sample (e52b072b50c597298c310ea9c801059a)
sendmail => plugin mail-sendmail (e52b072b50c597298c310ea9c8007e07)
smtp => plugin mail-smtp (e52b072b50c597298c310ea9c8005852)

$ tibet tws list --views

Push Workflow Design Document

$ tibet tws push --design
Design document is already up to date.

Push Core Tasks, Flows, and Views

Pushing the "map" uploads the latest version of all the defined tasks and
flows for the current tws project. Note that any files with a leading
underscore are considered private and are ignored by this command.

$ tibet tws push --map
ignoring: /Users/ss/temporary/dbtest/couch/tws/tasks/_sample.json
uploading: /Users/ss/temporary/dbtest/couch/tws/tasks/s3.json
uploading: /Users/ss/temporary/dbtest/couch/tws/tasks/sendmail.json
uploading: /Users/ss/temporary/dbtest/couch/tws/tasks/smtp.json
ignoring: /Users/ss/temporary/dbtest/couch/tws/flows/_sample.json
uploading: /Users/ss/temporary/dbtest/couch/tws/flows/mailtest.json
/Users/ss/temporary/dbtest/couch/tws/tasks/sendmail.json =>
    "ok": true,
    "id": "30692839999368e55ac62c52b6000a27",
    "rev": "1-4e84e92a45eb82a91b9a01f1d32390de"
/Users/ss/temporary/dbtest/couch/tws/tasks/s3.json =>
    "ok": true,
    "id": "30692839999368e55ac62c52b6000687",
    "rev": "1-7cca9c410498195b08162b357ab36fbf"
/Users/ss/temporary/dbtest/couch/tws/flows/mailtest.json =>
    "ok": true,
    "id": "30692839999368e55ac62c52b6000ca2",
    "rev": "1-5ca1b0d30afe66c43cef856366d6eb93"
/Users/ss/temporary/dbtest/couch/tws/tasks/smtp.json =>
    "ok": true,
    "id": "30692839999368e55ac62c52b600144f",
    "rev": "1-ce25bc7f6540153d4eb6f51220fa08ee"

Push Flows/Jobs/Tasks/Views

Use the `tibet tws push` command and provide either a specific document path
or one of the flags intended to push a particular class of document:

$ tibet tws push [<path>|--design|--flows|--map|--tasks|--views]

Cancel a Job

Cancelling a job requires a job id. You can view these in the output from
the `tibet tws list --jobs` command or you can use `tibet tws view` to run a
view to help limit the output so you find the job ID you need.

$ tibet tws cancel e52b072b50c597298c310ea9c8011ce9
    "ok": true,
    "id": "e52b072b50c597298c310ea9c8011ce9",
    "rev": "3-2c46abf2b79be87f7be0fbb7056a5e92"

Submit a Job

The `tibet tws submit` command lets you specify a job document from the
~/couch/tws/jobs directory for your project. Any entries in the JSON
document delimited by `[[` and `]]` will be replaced after you are prompted
for their values.

For example, if you submit the `sample.json` job document below:

    "type": "job",
    "flow": "sample",
    "owner": "Team TIBET",
    "params": {
        "smtp": {
            "to": "[[to_address]]",
            "subject": "[[subject]]"

You will be prompted for `to_address` and `subject` since this job will
trigger an email workflow.

$ tibet tws submit sample
[[to_address]] ?
[[subject]] ? testing
    "ok": true,
    "id": "30692839999368e55ac62c52b6001d60",
    "rev": "1-64cbec7b86393bcf02ef81db283f721f"


This command has no client-side TSH peer command.


During any operation if you receive a message including output to the effect that You are not a server admin. either export the the proper environment variables or provide your credentials in your CouchDB url prompt response.


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