Management Summary

MAAS can be managed, typically by a systems administrator, in the following ways:

  • Web UI (graphical interface)
  • CLI (text-based terminal)
  • API (involves programming)

This section will cover each briefly. Details of each will be provided in future chapters.

Web UI

The web UI gets installed along with the MAAS software. This documentation regards the web UI as the primary means for configuring and managing MAAS and will use it as the preferred method in all instructions and examples. See Web UI once MAAS is installed.

Some advanced functionality is only available with the CLI. See below.


The CLI consists of the maas wrapper command that interacts with the API. To get a sense of what is possible with the CLI see MAAS CLI.


The API is typically reserved for large-scale automization. See API documentation.

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