Installing the CLI

The first step to getting started with Orquestra is to install the qe CLI tool.

Throughout the Orquestra documentation we’ll stick to the long-form name of every command and flag. Once you’ve learned what the commands do, you may want to consult qe -h to learn the short forms.

Before you begin

It is recommended to use a CLI version that is consistent with the Quantum Engine Server version. The qe command will warn you if it notices that your CLI version is out of sync with the server.

Download & Install


  1. Make sure you have curl installed. You can check by opening the Terminal app and typing curl into the command line.

  2. Run the install script by pasting the following command into the macOS Terminal:

sudo /bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/zapatacomputing/qe-cli/master/install.sh)"


  1. Make sure you have curl installed using the package manager for your distribution of Linux.

  2. Paste the following command into the Linux shell prompt:

sudo /bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/zapatacomputing/qe-cli/master/install.sh)"


  1. Download the latest qe binary for Windows on the qe-cli release page. For 32-bit Windows users you’ll want to download qe-windows-386; 64-bit Windows users will use qe-windows-amd64
  2. Locate the binary and rename it to qe.exe
  3. Move qe.exe to the %SystemRoot%\system32 folder or add qe.exe to your PATH


  • qe install is not yet supported on Windows

Windows with WSL

Installation should be very similar to Linux OS. However, you’ll need to ensure that the 64-bit version of the binary is installed

  1. Download the 64-bit version of the Linux binary qe-linux-amd64 on the release page

  2. In your terminal navigate to the folder where you downloaded the binary and rename it by running

mv ./qe-linux-amd64 ./qe
  1. Make the binary executable by running
chmod +x ./qe
  1. Copy the binary to a general location by running
sudo cp ./qe /usr/local/bin/


If the above scripts do not work, you can download qe from github as a binary. There are individual download links for common platforms. ds

ssh-agent and ssh keys

On some OS platforms, ssh-agent changes do not persist across different shell sessions; consequently you may need to add the same key in different shell sessions using ssh-add -k all over again.

To remedy this, you may incorporate the following script ssh-agent-activate.sh into your shell startup script.

Example for Bash shells:

echo 'source ~/qe/bin/ssh-agent-activate.sh' >> ~/.bashrc