OliveTin Introduction

OliveTin gives safe and simple access to predefined shell commands from a web interface.

The OliveTin Homepage is here. This site that you are viewing is the documentation for OliveTin.

Use cases

Safely give access to commands, for less technical people;

  • eg: Give your family a button to podman restart plex

  • eg: Give junior admins a simple web form with dropdowns, to start your custom script. backupScript.sh --folder {{ customerName }}

  • eg: Enable SSH access to the server for the next 20 mins firewall-cmd --add-service ssh --timeout 20m

Simplify complex commands, make them accessible and repeatable;

  • eg: Expose complex commands on touchscreen tablets stuck on walls around your house. wake-on-lan aa:bb:cc:11:22:33

  • eg: Run long running on your servers from your cell phone. dnf update -y

  • eg: Define complex commands with lots of preset arguments, and turn a few arguments into dropdown select boxes. docker rm {{ container }} && docker create {{ container }} && docker start {{ container }}



  • Responsive, touch-friendly UI - great for tablets and mobile

  • Super simple config in YAML - because if it’s not YAML now-a-days, it’s not "cloud native" :-)

  • Dark mode - for those of you that roll that way.

  • Accessible - passes all the accessibility checks in Firefox, and issues with accessibility are taken seriously.

  • Container - available for quickly testing and getting it up and running, great for the selfhosted community.

  • Integrate with anything - OliveTin just runs Linux shell commands, so theoretially you could integrate with a bunch of stuff just by using curl, ping, etc. However, writing your own shell scripts is a great way to extend OliveTin.

  • Lightweight on resources - uses only a few MB of RAM and barely any CPU. Written in Go, with a web interface written as a modern, responsive, Single Page App that uses the REST/gRPC API.

  • Good amount of unit tests and style checks - helps potential contributors be consistent, and helps with maintainability.

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