rpk cloud login

Log in to Redpanda Cloud.

This command checks for an existing Redpanda Cloud API token and, if present, ensures it is still valid. If no token is found or the token is no longer valid, this command will login and save your token along with the client ID used to request the token.

Login credentials

You may use either SSO or client credentials to log in.


This will automatically launch your default web browser and prompt you to authenticate via our Redpanda Cloud page. Once you have successfully authenticated, you will be ready to use rpk cloud commands.

Client credentials

Cloud client credentials can be used to login to Redpanda, they can be created in the Clients tab of the Users section in the Redpanda Cloud online interface. client credentials can be provided in three ways, in order of preference:

  • In your rpk cloud auth, client_id and client_secret fields

  • Through RPK_CLOUD_CLIENT_ID and RPK_CLOUD_CLIENT_SECRET environment variables

  • Through the --client-id and --client-secret flags

If none of these are provided, rpk will use the SSO method to login. If you specify environment variables or flags, they will not be synced to the rpk.yaml file unless the --save flag is passed. The cloud authorization token and client ID is always synced.

Profile selection

This command by default attempts to populate a new profile that talks to a cloud cluster for you. If you have an existing cloud profile, this will select it, prompting which to use if you have many. If you have no cloud profile, this command will prompt you to select one that exists in your organization. If you want to disable automatic profile creation and selection, use --no-profile.


rpk cloud login [flags]


Value Type Description



The client ID of the organization in Redpanda Cloud.



The client secret of the organization in Redpanda Cloud.

-h, --help


Help for login.



Skip automatic profile creation and any associated prompts.



Save environment or flag specified client ID and client secret to the configuration file.



Redpanda or rpk config file; default search paths are ~/.config/rpk/rpk.yaml, $PWD, and /etc/redpanda/redpanda.yaml.

-X, --config-opt


Override rpk configuration settings; '-X help' for detail or '-X list' for terser detail.



rpk profile to use.

-v, --verbose


Enable verbose logging.