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The Gateway Command-line Utility provides a list of commands you can use to perform specific functions in the Gateway. The Gateway Command-line Utility or gwcmd provides basic commands, such as resetting the main password, changing the Gateway's port, or restarting the Gateway. 

Invoking gwcmd can only be done from command line, so you'll need to utilize a command line interface of some sort (Power Shell, Terminal, etc). Because gwcmd is a file sitting in the Gateway's installation directory, these commands can only ever be invoked from where the Gateway is installed. Furthermore, interacting with gwcmd requires administrative privilege. 

The gwcmd file sits at the root of the Gateway's installation directory. See the Installing and Upgrading Ignition page for more details on default installation directories. 

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Command-line Utility 'gwcmd' Options

The following table lists all available 'gwcmd' options.



-a,-–activate <license-key> 

Creates an activation_request.txt file that can be used to request a license.ipl file from the Inductive Automation website. You must specify the license key to use for activation. The activation_request.txt file is saved in the current directory.

-b,--backup <new filepath>  

Downloads a Gateway backup.gwbk file and saves the file to the specified path. The path can be either an absolute path or a relative path.  

If another .gwbk file with the same name already exists, you will be prompted whether it is OK to overwrite the file . You can override with the -y option to force the file to always be overwritten.


Clears the gateway's SSL / TLS setup. The gateway's SSL / TLS connector will be immediately shut down.

-d, --disabled

Use with the --restore flag to disable all items after gateway restoration and restart. 

-e, --exportks <new filepath>

Exports the gateway's SSL key store in PKCS12 format and saves to the specified path.

-f, --exportpk <new filepath>

Exports the private key from the gateway's SSL key store in PEM format and saves to the specified path. 


Reloads the Gateway's SSL keystore from disk. Any update to the keystore will be automatically applied to any new connections.


Shows the usage for this command.


Retrieves server status and port information from the Gateway if it is running.

-k,--port <new port>

Changes the Gateway http port.

-l,--sslport <new port>

Changes the Gateway https port.
-m, --skip-gateway-contact

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Use with the --restore flag to skip contacting a running gateway and stage the restore file directly. 

-n, --nocrypt

Add to the export private key command to not encrypt the private key.

-o,--name <new gateway name>

Specifies a Gateway name while restoring a backup. Additionally, the  -y  command now skips prompts asking for a Gateway name override.


Enables a password reset command, which will allow you to create a temporary user that can access the gateway again. Requires a gateway restart to take effect. See Gateway Password Reset below. 


Restarts the Gateway.

-s,--restore <backup file path>

Restores from a Gateway backup, using the file specified at the path. 


Performs a thread dump in the Gateway and prints the dump to the command-line.


Creates an unactivation_message.txt file that you can use to unactivate a license via the Inductive Automation website. The unactivation_message.txt file is saved in the current directory.

-w,--uselicense <license.ipl path>

Applies a license.ipl file that was downloaded from the Inductive Automation website. You must supply the location of the license.ipl file. If it is in the current directory, use license.ipl for the location.


Automatically answers yes to any prompt that may appear in the above commands, such as permission to overwrite an existing file.

Gateway Password Reset

If you can no longer access the Gateway due (due to, say, a forgotten password), you can use the -p command to cause a password reset. During a password reset, instead of just changing the initial user's password, a partial commissioning process will trigger upon the next Gateway restart, allowing you to create a new user that can access the Gateway. From there you'll be able to address any issues that prevented you from using your normal credentials. 

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However when performing this process, several things will happen to the Gateway:

  • During commissioning, you'll be asked to provide a user name and password for a new user. 
  • A "temp" user source is created.
  • The user you provided credentials for will be added to the "temp" user source. 
  • The new user will be assigned the role "Administrator".
  • A "temp" Ignition Identity Provider will be created. The "temp" user source will be assigned as the provider backing the Identity Provider. 
  • On the General Gateway Security Settings, the following properties will be changed:
    • System User Source will be set to the "temp" user source.
    • System Identity Provider will be set to the "temp" identity provider.
    • Gateway Config Permissions will be set to the "Administrator" Security Level. 

Thus, if you trigger a password reset and are able to use your normal credentials again, you'll want to make sure you change the values on the modified Gateway Security Settings to their property value. Also, you'll likely want to remove the "temp" user source and Identity Providers. 


Password Reset with GWCMD

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