policy – the CLI for managing authorization policies

The policy CLI is a tool for building, versioning and publishing your authorization policies.
It uses OCI standards to manage artifacts, and the Open Policy Agent (OPA) to compile and run.

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Please refer to our documentation site for installation, usage, customization and tips.

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policy is available on Linux, macOS and Windows platforms.

  • Binaries for Linux, Windows and Mac are available as tarballs in the release page.

  • Via Homebrew for macOS or LinuxBrew for Linux

    brew tap opcr-io/tap && brew install opcr-io/tap/policy
  • Via a GO install

    # NOTE: The dev version will be in effect!
    go get -u github.com/opcr-io/policy

Building From Source

policy is currently using go v1.16 or above. In order to build policy from source you must:

  1. Install mage

  2. Clone the repo

  3. Build and run the executable

    mage build && ./dist/build_linux_amd64/policy

Running with Docker

Running the official Docker image

You can run as a Docker container:

docker run -it --rm ghcr.io/opcr-io/policy:latest --help

The Command Line

$ policy --help
Usage: policy <command>

  -h, --help             Show context-sensitive help.
  -c, --config="/home/toaster/.config/policy/config.yaml"
                         Path to the policy CLI config file.
      --debug            Enable debug mode.
  -v, --verbosity=INT    Use to increase output verbosity.

  build <path> ...
    Build policies.

    List policies.

  push <policy> ...
    Push policies to a registry.

  pull <policy> ...
    Pull policies from a registry.

    Login to a registry.

  save <policy>
    Save a policy to a local bundle tarball.

  tag <policy> <tag>
    Create a new tag for an existing policy.

  rm <policy> ...
    Removes a policy from the local registry.

  run <policy>
    Sets you up with a shell for running queries using an OPA instance with a policy loaded.

    Prints version information.

Run "policy <command> --help" for more information on a command.


Logs are printed to stderr. You can increase detail using the verbosity flag (e.g. -vvv).

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Known Issues

This is still work in progress! If something is broken or there’s a feature
that you want, please file an issue and if so inclined submit a PR!


The policy CLI uses a lot of great and amazing open source projects and libraries.
A big thank you to all of them!

Contributions Guideline

  • File an issue first prior to submitting a PR!
  • Ensure all exported items are properly commented
  • If applicable, submit a test suite against your PR