You can upload files to the Blackfynn platform programmatically using the Blackfynn Command Line Interface (CLI). Below are instructions to:

  1. Install the CLI

  2. Setup a profile for your account

  3. Upload data using the CLI


In order to use the CLI, you must install the Blackfynn CLI Agent. In addition, you need to create an API token & secret in the web application.

Create connection profile

Once the CLI is installed, the next step is to create a profile that allows the CLI to access the platform on your behalf.  To create a profile, run blackfynn_agent profile create from the command line:

    blackfynn_agent profile create 

You then be taken through the steps to name your profile. Give your profile a unique name, enter the newly created API token, and type y to save the profile:

$ blackfynn_agent profile create

    Create a new profile:
      Profile name: [default] my-profile
      API token: xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
      API secret: xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
    Creating new profile: 'my-profile'
    Continue and write changes? (y/n) y

To verify that your profile was set up correctly, run blackfynn_agent whoami

$ blackfynn_agent whoami

    | NAME            |                                |
    | USER ID         | N:user:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx  |
    | ORGANIZATION    | Your Organization                            |
    | ORGANIZATION ID | N:organization:xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-\ .   |


Uploading data using the CLI

Once you have created a profile associated with your Blackfynn account, you can upload data to a dataset. To select which dataset you want to upload data to, use the blackfynn_agent datasets command to see a list of all available datasets that you can access:

$ blackfynn_agent datasets

    | DATASET                           | NAME          | STATUS     |
    | N:dataset:xxx-xxx                 | My dataset 1  | No Status  |
    | N:dataset:xxx-xxx                 | My dataset 2  | No Status  |
    | N:dataset:xxx-xxx                 | My dataset 3  | No Status  |

 Set which dataset you want to upload to using the blackfynn_agent use command. You can pass the dataset name or the dataset id as the argument of the command:

    $ blackfynn_agent use N:dataset:98a1fcd-9346-49cc-bdf1-52c11faa060 


    $ blackfynn_agent use "My dataset 1" 

Finally, use the `blackfynn_agent upload` command to upload your data. This can point to a file or a folder on your computer

    $ blackfynn_agent upload /path/to/my/file.txt 

To upload a deeply nested folder, pass the --recursive flag:

    $ blackfynn_agent upload --recursive /path/to/my/folder 

If you want to upload data to a specific collection/folder inside the dataset, you can specify this with the `--folder` parameter. You can find the collection id in the url for web application when you navigate into the specific folder in the files browser. For example:

    $ blackfynn_agent upload --folder=N:collection:d4cb103e-7765-4... ~/Desktop/data/file.txt 

For more information about the blackfynn_agent upload, you can use the --help flag:

    $ blackfynn_agent upload --help 

To see all available functionality in the CLI, use the help command:

    $ blackfynn_agent help 

NOTE: Visit the Developers Documentation for additional information about the functionality of the CLI.

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