1.3.2. Client Tools

The client tools are used to manage an OpenShift Online environment using a command line interface, and provide features that are not currently available in the Management Console.
The client tools are best suited for:
  • Coding
  • Debugging
  • Advanced application management
For example, although you can create an application using the Management Console, the application must be cloned to your workstation to make any code changes, and then redeployed to the remote server using the client tools.


The rhc package found in the OpenShift Online client tools channel is based on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 RPM version of the client tools, and not the Ruby gem version, which is updated more frequently. Therefore, some updated features may be temporarily only available for the Ruby gem version. See the Client Tools Installation Guide to install the latest Ruby gem version of the client tools and get all available features.