This section gives more information about the formulas structure and their implementation with Ritchie.


The formulas are, in Ritchie's context, the automation that can be executed to make an action in a short time, but more efficiently.

To get to know more about our current formulas on Ritchie, access the repository ritchie-formulas on Github.

Formula repositories

Formulas are stored in formula repositories, that need to have a particular structure.

Each repository must contain the following elements:

  • the formula folders.

  • a tree folder

  • a Makefile file

  • a file

  • an file

Each formula folder will contain the executable code and files for a formula.

The tree folder is composed of a tree.json file that will contain the command tree of all formulas in the repository.

The Makefile file contains a reference to all formulas in the repository, as well as an executable command manipulating the files and, in order to generate the executable files needed to test the formula(s) locally inside the .rit folder.

Formula composition

Each formula is composed of several files allowing its execution by the CLI.

For a formula to be executed by the terminal, it is necessary to have:

  • The tree.json file of the repository where the configured formula is located

  • An executable file

  • A config.json file

The tree.json file allows the CLI to know the commands and sub-commands associated with the formula. This is how it identifies where to download the formula files on the first execution (on demand).

The executable file contains the implementation of the formula. The CLI will download this file according to the operating system of the user's computer and execute this formula sending the input parameters that have been informed.

The config.json file contains the formula's input parameters. It allows the CLI to know what datas to ask the user when he executes the command in the terminal in order to process the formula correctly.


This file contains the following information:

  • a description

  • the formula input parameters

These input parameters are made up of the following fields:

  • name

  • type

  • label

  • default (optional)

  • items (optional)

  • cache (optional)

"description": "Sample inputs in Ritchie.",
"inputs" : [
"name" : "sample_text",
"type" : "text",
"label" : "Type : ",
"cache" : {
"active": true,
"qty" : 6,
"newLabel" : "Type new value. "
"name" : "sample_list",
"type" : "text",
"default" : "in1",
"items" : ["in_list1", "in_list2", "in_list3", "in_listN"],
"label" : "Pick your : "
"name" : "sample_bool",
"type" : "bool",
"default" : "false",
"items" : ["false", "true"],
"label" : "Pick: "

The name field refers to the name of the variable that will be extracted when implementing the formula.

The type field represents the type of the variable (currently there is only TEXT and BOOL)

The label field is the text that will appear to the user via PROMPT to inform this variable.

The default field is the value of the variable that will come by default if the choice is a list of options.

The items field is the list of possible options for the variable.

The cache field allows to configure whether it is necessary to store the user's choices for this variable. It consists of 3 fields:

  • active

  • qty

  • newLabel.

The active field indicates whether the cache is enabled or not.

The qty field refers to the number of choices that can be stored in the cache.

The newLabel field is for the user to enter another value for the variable if those saved in the cache do not meet their needs.


Each Ritchie formula repository has a command tree.

This command tree is configured in a file called tree.json

It is through these JSON (s) that the CLI will be able to identify the commands it has access to, and the necessary datas to download the executables of the formulas.

The structure of a tree.json is as follows:

"commands": [
"usage": "aws",
"help": "Apply Aws objects",
"parent": "root"
"usage": "apply",
"help": "Apply Aws objects",
"parent": "root_aws"
"usage": "terraform",
"help": "Apply Aws terraform objects",
"formula": {
"path": "aws/terraform",
"bin": "terraform-cli-${so}",
"bundle": "${so}.zip",
"repoUrl": ""
"parent": "root_aws_apply"

Let's continue with the example of the command RIT AWS APPLY TERRAFORM

Each command contained in this list can contain up to 4 parameters:

  • usage

  • help

  • parent

  • formula

The usage field refers to the word used in the command (aws, apply and terraforma in the example).

The help field represents the help message that will appear to the user if he enters this command.

The parent field indicates the previous commands in the tree, possibly using an underline (_) to separate the commands. ROOT being a reserved word referring to the RIT command.

When a command contains only these 3 fields (usage, help, parent) it means that it is not executable, and that it is only part of a set of commands that together will execute a formula.

The formula field will contain the necessary information for the CLI to identify where to look for the executables needed to execute the formula. It consists of 3 fields:

  • repoUrl

  • path

  • bin

The repoUrl field refers to the address where the formula's executable files are located.

It is important to note that Ritchie does not download all formulas at its installation. The CLI only downloads the executables of the formulas on demand, that is, when it executes the formulas commands for the first time.

The path field indicates the folder that will be created locally on the user's computer to add these executable files.

The bin field tells you the name of the executable file that the CLI should download, according to the operating system (OS) of the user's machine.

Running the commands from the AWS formula above, it is possible to get the following scenarios:

  • rit aws

Apply Aws objects
Available Commands:
apply Apply Aws objects
Use "rit <command> --help" for more information about a given command.
  • rit aws apply

Apply Aws objects
Available Commands:
terraform Apply Aws terraform objects
Use "rit <command> --help" for more information about a given command.
  • rit aws apply terraform

Downloading config file...
Download formula...
Installing formula...
Directory Created: /Users/Dennis/.rit/formulas/aws/terraform/bin
File extracted: bin/terraform-cli-darwin
Use the arrow keys to navigate: ↓ ↑ → ←
Select your repository URL:

The first commands (rit aws and rit aws apply) returned the help field associated with the command in tree.json, as soon as the available sub-commands for the user to execute a formula.

The rit aws apply terraform command downloaded the formula's executables and started asking the user for input parameters.

Makefile e Shell Scripts

Those 3 files are used to generate files locally on the .rit folder when the user need to test the automation code he has implemented.

  • Makefile

  • file

  • file

When creating the new formula, the path where the formula is located in the repository have to be informed in the Makefile of the root of the repository, as the following example :


In this file there is also a test-local command that allows the user to generate the executable files of one or more formulas and place them in the temporary Ritchie folder (.rit) located in the home of the user's machine.

ifneq ("$(FORM)", "")
@echo "Using form true: " $(FORM_TO_UPPER)
mkdir -p $(HOME)/.rit/formulas
rm -rf $(HOME)/.rit/formulas/$(FORM)
cp -r formulas/* $(HOME)/.rit/formulas
rm -rf formulas
@echo "Use make test-local form=NAME_FORMULA for specific formula."
@echo "form false: ALL FORMULAS"
$(MAKE) bin
rm -rf $(HOME)/.rit/formulas
mv formulas $(HOME)/.rit
mkdir -p $(HOME)/.rit/repo/local
rm -rf $(HOME)/.rit/repo/local/tree.json
cp tree/tree.json $(HOME)/.rit/repo/local/tree.json

The and are actually manipulated by the test-local command to extract the executable files and config.json of the chosen formulas, and move them to the .rit folder.

There are 2 ways to use this Makefile command:

Informing the specific formula to test, according to the name informed in the Makefile:

make test-local form={nome_formula}

Executing directly the test-local script to add all formulas from the repository to the temporary .rit folder :

make test-local

After adding the formula in .rit through the Makefile (main), it will be possible to execute the command associated with that formula through the terminal (auto-completion will not work in this case).

Formulas build / test

As explained in the Step 4 of the create formula section, it is possible to generate a formula executable files for test with the rit build formula command.

But what happen exactly when executing this command ? Well, it’s all related to the repository Makefile file at the root of the repository.

When creating the new formula, the path where the formula is located in the repository was added automatically in the repository Makefile file.

Therefore, executing the rit build formula command corresponds to the execution of the make test-local form={formula_name} command of the repository Makefile file.

Build of a formula

Access to formulas

All commands accessible through the CLI can be observed through the Helper

➜ rit --help
A CLI that developers can build and operate
your applications without help from the infra staff.
Complete documentation is available at
core commands:
add add objects
completion Add autocomplete for terminal
clean clean objects
create Create objects
delete Delete objects
list list objects
set Set objects
show Show objects
update update objects
commons commands:
aws Apply Aws objects
docker Manipulate docker objects
github Manipulate GitHub objects
k8s Manipulate k8s objects
kafka Kafka commands
scaffold Manipulate scaffold objects
Other Commands:
-v, --version: version for rit
rit [flags] [options]
Use "rit <command> --help" for more information about a given command.

When a user will download Ritchie (Single version) or execute the rit login command (Team version) to access an organization's repositories, the CLI will download and merge the tree.json from the formula repositories to which the user has access.

The junction of the repository trees will be the tree of all commands available via the CLI on the user's computer, which is presented in the Helper.

Priority between repositories

There is a concept of priority among the command trees of the formula repositories.

This makes it possible to avoid repetitive commands after joining the trees of all commands by the CLI.

Here is the default priority defined in the CLI among the repositories:

  • Priority 0: Core

  • Priority 1: Location

  • Priority 2: Other repositories

This rule allows each user (single) / organization (team) to define the priority among the other repositories.


It is possible for a user to choose between the 2 scenarios below:

Scenario 1

Priority would be given to commons commands over your team's commands.

Scenario 2

Priority would be given to team commands over commons commands. This would allow, for example, a user / team to use a command that is in the ritchie-formulas (commons) repository tree for a formula in their repository, performing a different operation with the same command, since it would have priority.

It is possible to configure the priority between the repositories in the repo folder of the .rit folder where you have a configurable repositories.json file.

For more information on how to manipulate repositories, check out the documentation here: Repository.