NATS account configurations are built using the nsc tool. The NSC tool allows you to:

  • Create and edit Operators, Accounts, Users

  • Manage publish and subscribe permissions for Users

  • Define Service and Stream exports from an account

  • Reference Service and Streams from another account

  • Generate Activation tokens that grants access to a private service or stream

  • Generate User credential files

  • Describe Operators, Accounts, Users, and Activations

  • Push and pull account JWTs to an account JWTs server


Installing nsc is easy:

curl -L https://raw.githubusercontent.com/nats-io/nsc/master/install.py | python

The script will download the latest version of nsc and install it into your system.

Alternatively, you can use nsc with the nats-box Docker image:

$ docker run --rm -it -v $(pwd)/nsc:/nsc synadia/nats-box:latest
# In case NSC not initialized already:
nats-box:~# nsc init
nats-box:~# chmod -R 1000:1000 /nsc
$ tree -L 2 nsc/
├── accounts
│ ├── nats
│ └── nsc.json
└── nkeys
├── creds
└── keys
5 directories, 1 file

IMPORTANT: nsc version 2.2.0 has been released. This version of nsc only supports nats-server v2.2.0 and nats-account-server v1.0.0. For more information please refer to the nsc 2.2.0 release notes.


You can find various task-oriented tutorials to working with the tool here:

Tool Documentation

For more specific browsing of the tool syntax, check out the nsc tool documentation. It can be found within the tool itself:

> nsc help

Or an online version here.