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Useful CLI Commands Check Point


CLISH Commands

To start a transaction in CLISH use start transaction.

Commands - commit, or rollback to be used to end the transaction mode. All changes made using commands in transaction mode are applied at once or none of the changes are applied based on the way transaction mode is terminated.

Show Commands

save config save the current configuration
show commands shows all commands
show allowed-client all show allowed clients
show arp dynamic all displays the dynamic arp entries
show arp proxy all shows proxy arp
show arp static all displays all the static arp entry
show as displays autonomous system number
show assets all display hardware information
show bgp stats shows bgp statistics
show bgp summary shows summary information about bgp
show vrrp stats show vrrp statistics
show bootp stats shows bootp/dhcp relay statistics
show bootp interface show all bootp/dhcp relay interfaces
show bonding group show all bonding groups
show bridging groups show all bridging groups
show backups shows a list of local backups
show backup status show the status of a backup or restore operation being performed
show backup last-successful show the latest successful backup
show backup logs show the logs of the recent backups/restores performed
show clock show current clock
show configuration show configuration
show-config state shows the state of configuration either saved or unsaved
show date shows date
show dns primary shows primary dns server
show dns secondary shows secondary dns server
show extended commands shows all extended commands
show groups shows all user groups
show hostname show host name
show inactivity-timeout shows inactivity-timeout settings
show interfaces shows all interfaces
show interfaces ethx shows settings related to an interface “x
show interfaces show detailed information about all interfaces
show ipv6-state shows ipv6 status as enabled or disabled
show management interface shows management interface configuration
show ntp active shows ntp status as enabled or disabled
show ntp servers shows ntp servers
show ospf database shows ospf database information
show ospf neighbors shows ospf neighbors information
show ospf summary shows ospf summary information
show pbr rules shows policy based routing rules
show pbr summary shows policy based routing summary information
show pbr tables show pbr tables
show route shows routing table
show routed version shows information about routed version
show snapshots shows a list of local snapshots
show snmp agent-version shows whether the version is v1/v2/v3
show snmp interfaces shows snmp agent interface
show snmp traps receivers shows snmp trap receivers
show time shows local machine time
show timezone show configured timezone
show uptime show system uptime
show users show configured users and their homedir, uid/gid and shell
show user <username> shows settings related to a particular user
show version all shows version related to os edition, kernel version, product version etc
show virtual-system all show virtual-systems configured
show vpn tunnels use to show the vpn tunnels
show vrrp stats shows vrrp status
show vrrp interfaces shows vrrp enabled interfaces

Set Commands

add allowed-client host any-host / add allowed-client host <ip address> add any host to the allowed clients list/ add allowed client by ipv4 address
add backup local create and store a backup file in /var/cpbackups/backups/( on open servers) or /var/log/cpbackup/backups/ ( on checkpoint appliances)
add backup scp ip value path value username value adds backup to scp server
add backup tftp ip value [ interactive ] adds backup to tftp server
add snapshot create snapshots which backs up everything like os configuration, checkpoint configuration, versions, patch level), including the drivers
add syslog log-remote-address <ip address> level <emerg/alert/crit/err/warning/notice/info/debug/all> specifies syslog parameters
add user <username> uid <user-id-value> homedir creates a user
expert executes system shell
halt put system to halt
history shows command history
lock database override overrides the config-lock settings
quit exits out of a shell
reboot reboots a system
restore backup local [value] restores local backup interactively
rollback ends the transaction mode by reverting the changes made during transaction
save config save the current configuration
set backup restore local <filename> restores a local backup
set cluster member admin {down | up} initiating manual cluster failover
set core-dump <enable/disable> enable/disable core dumps
set date yyyy-mm-dd sets system date
set dhcp server enable enable dhcp server
set dns primary <x.x.x.x> sets primary dns ip address
set dns secondary <x.x.x.x> sets secondary dns ip address
set expert-password set or change password for entering into expert mode
set edition default <value> set the default edition to 32-bit or 64-bit
set hostname <value> sets system hostname
set inactivity-timeout <value> sets the inactivity timeout
set interface ethipv4-address x.x.x.x mask-length 24 adds ip address to an interface
set ipv6-state on/off sets ipv6 status as on or off
set kernel-routes on/off sets kernel routes to on/off state
set management interface <interface name> sets an interface as management interface
set message motd value sets message of the day
set ntp active on/off activates ntp on/off
set ntp server primary x.x.x.x version <1/2/3/4> sets primary ntp server
set ntp server secondary x.x.x.x version <1/2/3/4> sets secondary ntp server
set snapshot revert<filename> revert the machine to the selected snapshot
set snmp agent on/off sets the snmp agent daemon on/off
set snmp agent-version <value> sets snmp agent version
set snmp community <value> read-only sets snmp readonly community string
add snmp interface <interface name> sets snmp agent interface
set snmp traps receiver <ip address> version v1 community value specifies trap receiver
set snmp traps trap <value> set snmp traps

set static-route x.x.x.x/xx nexthop gateway address x.x.x.x on

set static-route x.x.x.x/xx comment "{comment}"

adds specific static route

comment static route

set static-route NETWORK_ADDRESS/MASK_LENGTH nexthop gateway address GATEWAY_IP_ADDRESS off

set static-route <Destination IP address> off

set static-route default nexthop gateway address GATEWAY_IP_ADDRESS off

Delete Routes
set time <value> sets system time
set time zone <time-zone> sets the time zone
set vsx off sets vsx mode on
set vsx on sets vsx mode off
set user <username> password sets users password
set web session-timeout <value> sets web configuration session time-out in minutes
set web ssl-port <value> sets the web ssl-port for the system

Generic Commands

The commands below have to be used in expert mode and NOT in clish.

Action Use on Command
Show licenses MGMT / GW cplic print -x
(-x print signatures)
Remove Evaluation License GW

cplic eval_disable

You have disabled Check Point evaluation period
For activation you need to restart ALL Check Point modules
(performing cpstop & cpstart)

Get licenses from management system on gateway GW contract_util mgmt

Show enabled blades


# enabled_blades
fw ips ThreatEmulation Scrub
GW enabled_blades
ClusterXL Switch over (disable ClusterXL state) GW

clusterXL_admin down

Note: The [-p] is an optional flag (stands for "permanent")

- the Critical Device called "admin_down" will be automatically added to the $FWDIR/conf/cphaprob.conf file,

so that this configuration survives the reboot.

Show Cluster status GW cphaprob stat
Debug to see all dropped connections GW

fw ctl zdebug drop

fw ctl zdebug -h (help)

Debug to see all NAT informations GW fw ctl zdebug + xlat
Debug to get a fast packet trace GW fw ctl zdebug + packet | grep -B 1 TCP |grep -B 1 "(SYN)"
See stats of number of connections GW cpstat fw
Connections load on the fw GW fw tab -s -t connections
Clear ALL connections on fw from the table (CAUTION!) GW fw tab -t connections -x

ClusterXL sync statistics to R80.10 (sk34476)

ClusterXL sync statistics for R80.20 and higher (sk34475)



fw ctl pstat

CLISH: show cluster statistics sync
Expert: cphaprob syncstat

Show connected SmartConsole clients MGMT cpstat mg

Manage the GUI clients that can use SmartConsoles to connect to the Security Management Server


cp_conf client get # Get the GUI clients list

cp_conf client add <GUI client> # Add one GUI Client

cp_conf client del < GUI client 1> < GUI client 2>... # Delete GUI Clients

cp_conf client createlist < GUI client 1> < GUI client 2>... # Create new list.

Show sync details GW fw ha -f all
Shows packets accepted, dropped, peak connections, and top rule hits GW cpstat blades
Use CLI commands over SIC from MGMT without password, used as example for "last chance" configs. MGMT

cprid_util (--help)


Example Reset admin password without access to GW:


cprid_util -server <IP_of_Gateway> -verbose rexec -rcmd /bin/clish -s -c \
'set config-lock on override'  # Ensure clish db is unlocked

cprid_util -server <IP_of_Gateway> -verbose rexec -rcmd /bin/clish -s -c \
'set user admin password-hash <Password_Hash_from_Step_above>' # Set admin user pw hash

cprid_util -server <IP_of_Gateway> -verbose rexec -rcmd /bin/clish -s -c \
'set expert-password-hash <Password_Hash_from_Step_above>' # change expert pw hash
Show interfaces, ip-addresses and subnet mask, used for a very good interface-overview. MGMT/GW fw getifs
Show installed hotfixes and releases GW cpinfo -y all
Show statistics about accelerated traffic GW

fwaccel stats -s

This command will list what interface is connected to what IRQ to what core. GW

fw ctl affinity -l -v -r

fw ctl affinity -s will subsequently allow you to set the values.


Show state and timeline of ClusterXL events in CLISH 

show routed cluster-state detailed

Top 10 Source-IPs in connection table.

You need to manual convert hex in ascii to get the ip, like so: 0a1f0af2

For the top 10 destinations, substitute $4 for $2 in the awk command.

GW fw tab -u -t connections | awk '{ print $2 }' | sort -n | uniq -c | sort -nr | head -10

Log Diagnostic Report
It will analyze the logs and give you a brief output of your Current Logging and Daily Average Logging rates.

It will also produce a detailed output at /tmp/sme-diag/results/detailed_diag_report.txt

LOG $RTDIR/scripts/

VPN Commands

The commands below have to be used in expert mode and NOT in clish.

To view informations about VPN Tunnels

In R80+: 

  • Open SmartConsole > Logs & Monitor.
  • Open the catalog (new tab).
  • Click Tunnel & User Monitoring.

See also: Logging and Monitoring R80.10 (Part of Check Point Infinity) 

Action Use on Command
VPN statistics GW cpstat -f all vpn
VPN Tunnel manipulation GW

vpn tu

Interactive usage (better):

vpn shell

VPN Remote Access specific GW pep show user all

Check VPN-1 major and minor version as well as build number and latest hotfix.
Use -k for kernel version

GW vpn ver [-k]
Show, if any, overlapping VPN domains GW vpn overlap_encdom
VPN IKE Debugging (P1 and P2 Communication)
The resulting $FWDIR/log/ike.elg and/or $FWDIR/log/ikev2.xml can be used in the "IKEView" Utility from Check Point, see here: sk30994

vpn debug ikeon (enable IKE debug)

vpn debug ikeoff (disable IKE debug)

VSX specific

The commands below have to be used in expert mode and NOT in clish

Action Use on Command

Show VSX status.
Verbose with -v, interface list with -l or status of single VS with VS ID <id>.

VSX / VS vsx stat [-v] [-l] [id]

Show connections stats


# vsx stat -v -l

VSID:            0
VRID:            0
Type:            VSX Gateway
Name:            fwvsx01
Security Policy: fwvsx01_VSX
Installed at:    21Nov2019 10:30:11
SIC Status:      Trust
Connections number: 66
Connections peak:   765
Connections limit:  14900

VSID:            1
VRID:            1
Type:            Virtual System
Name:            fw01p
Security Policy: FW_01
Installed at:    25Nov2019 11:30:39
SIC Status:      Trust
Connections number: 30628
Connections peak:   90464
Connections limit:  119900
VSX vsx stat -v -l
View current shell context. VSX vsenv
Set context to VS ID <id> VSX vsenv <id>
Reset SIC for VS VSX vsenv <id>; fw vsx sicreset
View state tables for virtual system <id>. VSX vsenv <id>; fw tab -t <table>
View traffic for virtual system with ID <id>.
Attention: with fw monitor use -v instead of -vs.
VSX fw monitor -v <id> -e 'accept;'
View HA state of all configured Virtual Systems. VSX cphaprob state
View HA state for Virtual System ID <id>. VSX cphaprob -vs <id> state
Show all bond interfaces and Cluster state VSX cphaprob show_bond -a
Check VS bit state VSX vs_bits -stat
All VSs are at 64 bits (R80.20 default, R80.10 need upgrade)
Show virtual devices memory usage VSX cpstat -f memory vsx

Traffic statistic per virtual system

See sk90860

More information: Check Point Useful SNMP OIDs (VSX)


snmpwalk -v 2c -c community . (vsxStatusMemoryUsage)

SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.2620. = INTEGER: 0
SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.2620. = INTEGER: 1
SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.2620. = INTEGER: 2
SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.2620. = INTEGER: 3
SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.2620. = STRING: "vs0"
SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.2620. = STRING: "vs1"
SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.2620. = STRING: "vs2"
SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.2620. = STRING: "vs3"
SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.2620. = Gauge32: 0 help
SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.2620. = Gauge32: 0 help
SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.2620. = Gauge32: 0 help
SNMPv2-SMI::enterprises.2620. = Gauge32: 0 help

To enable monitoring CPU per-VS with OID . VSX fw vsx resctrl monitor enable

To enable monitoring memory per-VS with OID .

Needs a reboot!

VSX vsx mstat enable

API specific (mgmt_cli)

API Manual:

The mgmt_cli tool is installed as part of Gaia on all R80 gateways and can be used in scripts running in expert mode.
The mgmt_cli.exe tool is installed as part of the R80 SmartConsole installation (typically under C:\Program Files (x86)\CheckPoint\SmartConsole\R80\PROGRAM\) and can be copied to run on any Windows machine. 

On Windows you cannot login with a certificate since the mgmt_cli_login is missing, you need to login with user/password or use the mgmt_cli tool on the management server.

To use the actual ssh login with mgmt_cli use the undocumented feature
mgmt_cli -r true

If your mgmt server is running on another port (ex. 8443) use
mgmt_cli --port 8443

Show api-settings

Check if clients are allowed to connect to the api and check all the api-settings.

mgmt_cli -r true --domain 'System Data' show api-settings

accepted-api-calls-from: "all ip addresses"

API Status

To confirm that the API is usable and available remotely, run the api status command. If Accessibility shows “Require all granted” it means that any system can access the API (on R80 this will show “Allow all”).

[Expert@awsmgmt:0]# api status

API Settings:
Accessibility:                      Require all granted
Automatic Start:                    Enabled


Name      State     PID       More Information
API       Started   14472
CPM       Started   14350     Check Point Security Management Server is running and ready
FWM       Started   13807

Port Details:
JETTY Internal Port:      50276
APACHE Gaia Port:         443

Overall API Status: Started

API readiness test SUCCESSFUL. The server is up and ready to receive connections

To collect troubleshooting data, please run 'api status -s <comment>'

API Status Troubleshooting data

To create a <comment>.tgz file with troubleshooting data start

api status -s <comment>

logging in

First create a session into a file and reuse it:

mgmt_cli login user admin > id.txt

With read-only access:

mgmt_cli login user admin read-only true > id.txt

Search object in database

search objects by IP, return all objects that contain the ip explicitly or within a nework address space/range.

mgmt_cli -s id.txt show objects filter "" ip-only true --format json | jq '.objects[] | {name: .name, subnet: .subnet4, mask: ."mask-length4"}'

Show access layers

mgmt_cli show access-layers limit 500 -s id.txt --format json | jq '."access-layers"[].name'


Show number of rules in policy

mgmt_cli show access-rulebase name "<layer>" -s id.txt --format json limit 1 | jq '.total'

Show access rule base

mgmt_cli show access-rulebase offset 0 limit 20 name "Network" details-level "standard" use-object-dictionary true show-hits true hits-settings.from-date "2020-01-01" "2020-12-31T23:59" "corporate-gw" --format json

Display rule with explicit uid

mgmt_cli -s id.txt show access-rule layer "My_policy Network" uid "xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxx"

Show unused objects in objects-db

mgmt_cli show unused-objects offset 0 limit 50 details-level "standard" -s id.txt --format json

Show changes from who and when in objects-db

mgmt_cli show changes from-date "2019-04-11T08:20:50" to-date "2019-04-15" -s id.txt --format json

Run script on firewall

mgmt_cli run-script script-name "ifconfig" script "ifconfig" targets.1 "corporate-gateway" -s id.txt --format json

Show application-site URLs

mgmt_cli show application-site name "HTTPS Pass Through Global" details-level "standard" -s id.txt --version 1.2 --format json

Show VPN communities

mgmt_cli -r true show vpn-communities-star details-level full -s id.txt --format json

mgmt_cli -r true show vpn-communities-meshed details-level full -s id.txt --format json

Count and show access-layers (Inline Layers)

mgmt_cli show access-layers limit 500 --format json


 } ],
 "from" : 1,
 "to" : 260,
 "total" : 260

Check Point stattest Utility for OID Troubleshooting on GW