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Managing Orbs

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This section describes how to manage orbs for an installation of server v4.x. Server installations include their own local orb registry. All orbs referenced in configs refer to the orbs in the server orb registry. You are responsible for maintaining orbs. This includes copying orbs from the public registry, updating orbs that may have been previously copied, and registering your company’s private orbs, if they exist.

For information on orbs and related use cases, see the Orb docs.

If you are looking for information on creating an orb, see the Introduction to Authoring Orbs.

Orbs are accessed via the CircleCI CLI. Orbs require your CircleCI user to be an admin. They also require a personal API token.

Please ensure that you are using a personal API token generated after your user account is made an admin.

Providing a local repository location using the --host option allows you to access your local server orbs, rather than public cloud orbs. For example, if your server installation is located at, you can run orb commands local to that orb repository by passing --host

List available orbs

To list available public orbs, visit the orb directory, or run the following command:

circleci orb list

To list available private orbs (registered in your local server orb repository), run the following command:

circleci orb list --host <your-server-install-domain> --token <your-api-token>

Import a public orb

To import a public orb to your local server orb repository, run the following command:

circleci admin import-orb <namespace><orb-name>@<orb-version> --host <your-server-installation-domain> --token <your-api-token>

Fetch a public orb’s updates

To update a public orb in your local server orb repository with a new version, run the following command:

circleci admin import-orb <namespace><orb-name>@<orb-version> --host <your-server-installation-domain> --token <your-api-token>

Using orbs behind a proxy

When importing orbs, the CLI must be able to talk to the server installation and to If you want to do this when using a server installation behind a proxy, the CLI needs to be configured to use the proxy to make those requests to, rather than proxying requests to the server install. For example:

export HTTP_PROXY=
circleci admin import-orb ns[orb[@version]] --host <your server installation domain> --token <your api token>

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