Unleashing the Power of Hetzner Cloud with Bash and API Magic

Hey tech enthusiasts and cloud wizards! 🌟

Today, I’m super excited to share an incredible script that will make your cloud management experience smoother and more efficient. We’re diving into the world of Hetzner Cloud, and I’m going to show you how to use a simple Bash script to list all your servers and their IDs. Ready to unlock the secrets of cloud automation? Let’s get started!

The Magic Ingredients

Before we jump into the script, let’s talk about the essentials you need:

  1. Hetzner Cloud API Token: This token is your key to interacting with Hetzner Cloud’s API. You can generate it from your Hetzner Cloud account.
  2. Bash: Our scripting language of choice, perfect for automating tasks.
  3. curl: A command-line tool for making HTTP requests. It’s our bridge to the API.
  4. jq: A lightweight and flexible command-line JSON processor. It helps us parse and manipulate JSON data effortlessly.

The Script

Here’s the hero of our story – a Bash script that lists all your Hetzner Cloud servers along with their IDs. Check it out:


# Replace with your actual API token

# Function to list all servers and their IDs
list_servers() {
    curl -s \
    -H "Authorization: Bearer $API_TOKEN" \
    "https://api.hetzner.cloud/v1/servers" | jq '.servers[] | {id: .id, name: .name}'

# List servers

How It Works

  1. API Token Setup: The script starts by defining your API token. Make sure to replace your_actual_api_token_here with your real API token.
  2. list_servers Function: This function uses curl to send a GET request to the Hetzner Cloud API. The -s option makes curl operate in silent mode, which means no progress meter or error messages will be shown, keeping our output clean.
  3. Authorization Header: We include an authorization header with our API token to authenticate the request.
  4. API Endpoint: The URL https://api.hetzner.cloud/v1/servers is the endpoint we’re querying. It returns a list of all servers in your Hetzner Cloud project.
  5. jq Magic: We pipe the JSON response into jq to filter and format the output. Specifically, we extract the id and name fields of each server.

Running the Script

To run this script, follow these simple steps:

  1. Save the Script: Save the script to a file, for example, list_servers.sh.
  2. Make it Executable: Open your terminal and make the script executable by running:
   chmod +x list_servers.sh
  1. Run the Script: Execute the script by typing:

You’ll see a neatly formatted list of your servers along with their IDs. How cool is that?

Why This Script Rocks

  • Efficiency: Automate the tedious task of listing servers manually.
  • Clarity: Get a clear and concise output of your server names and IDs.
  • Scalability: Easily integrate this script into larger automation workflows.


Cloud management doesn’t have to be complicated. With a simple Bash script, you can interact with the Hetzner Cloud API and streamline your workflow. Whether you’re managing a single server or an entire fleet, this script is a handy tool to have in your arsenal.

So, go ahead, give it a try, and take your cloud automation to the next level! And remember, the power of the cloud is at your fingertips. Happy scripting! 🚀

Feel free to share your experiences and any cool modifications you make to this script in the comments below. Let’s keep the innovation flowing!

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