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zarf tools yq

zarf tools yq

yq is a lightweight and portable command-line data file processor.


yq is a portable command-line data file processor ( See for detailed documentation and examples.

zarf tools yq [flags]


# yq defaults to 'eval' command if no command is specified. See "zarf tools yq eval --help" for more examples.
# read the "stuff" node from "myfile.yml"
zarf tools yq '.stuff' < myfile.yml
# update myfile.yml in place
zarf tools yq -i '.stuff = "foo"' myfile.yml
# print contents of sample.json as idiomatic YAML
zarf tools yq -P sample.json


-C, --colors force print with colors
--csv-auto-parse parse CSV YAML/JSON values (default true)
--csv-separator char CSV Separator character (default ,)
-e, --exit-status set exit status if there are no matches or null or false is returned
--expression string forcibly set the expression argument. Useful when yq argument detection thinks your expression is a file.
--from-file string Load expression from specified file.
-f, --front-matter string (extract|process) first input as yaml front-matter. Extract will pull out the yaml content, process will run the expression against the yaml content, leaving the remaining data intact
--header-preprocess Slurp any header comments and separators before processing expression. (default true)
-h, --help help for yq
-I, --indent int sets indent level for output (default 2)
-i, --inplace update the file in place of first file given.
-p, --input-format string [auto|a|yaml|y|json|j|props|p|csv|c|tsv|t|xml|x|base64|uri|toml|lua|l] parse format for input. (default "auto")
--lua-globals output keys as top-level global variables
--lua-prefix string prefix (default "return ")
--lua-suffix string suffix (default ";\n")
--lua-unquoted output unquoted string keys (e.g. {foo="bar"})
-M, --no-colors force print with no colors
-N, --no-doc Don't print document separators (---)
-0, --nul-output Use NUL char to separate values. If unwrap scalar is also set, fail if unwrapped scalar contains NUL char.
-n, --null-input Don't read input, simply evaluate the expression given. Useful for creating docs from scratch.
-o, --output-format string [auto|a|yaml|y|json|j|props|p|csv|c|tsv|t|xml|x|base64|uri|toml|shell|s|lua|l] output format type. (default "auto")
-P, --prettyPrint pretty print, shorthand for '... style = ""'
--properties-array-brackets use [x] in array paths (e.g. for SpringBoot)
--properties-separator string separator to use between keys and values (default " = ")
-s, --split-exp string print each result (or doc) into a file named (exp). [exp] argument must return a string. You can use $index in the expression as the result counter.
--split-exp-file string Use a file to specify the split-exp expression.
--string-interpolation Toggles strings interpolation of \(exp) (default true)
--tsv-auto-parse parse TSV YAML/JSON values (default true)
-r, --unwrapScalar unwrap scalar, print the value with no quotes, colors or comments. Defaults to true for yaml (default true)
-v, --verbose verbose mode
-V, --version Print version information and quit
--xml-attribute-prefix string prefix for xml attributes (default "+@")
--xml-content-name string name for xml content (if no attribute name is present). (default "+content")
--xml-directive-name string name for xml directives (e.g. <!DOCTYPE thing cat>) (default "+directive")
--xml-keep-namespace enables keeping namespace after parsing attributes (default true)
--xml-proc-inst-prefix string prefix for xml processing instructions (e.g. <?xml version="1"?>) (default "+p_")
--xml-raw-token enables using RawToken method instead Token. Commonly disables namespace translations. See for details. (default true)
--xml-skip-directives skip over directives (e.g. <!DOCTYPE thing cat>)
--xml-skip-proc-inst skip over process instructions (e.g. <?xml version="1"?>)
--xml-strict-mode enables strict parsing of XML. See for more details.


  • zarf tools - Collection of additional tools to make airgap easier
  • zarf tools yq eval - (default) Apply the expression to each document in each yaml file in sequence
  • zarf tools yq eval-all - Loads all yaml documents of all yaml files and runs expression once