Function scaffolding via CLI


Per the article here (, there is an example shown where a function is scaffolded like so: netlify functions:create --name hello-world. When I try this, I’m told:

◈ No functions folder specified in netlify.toml or as an argument

I’ve tried various help commands with the CLI, but none seem to say how I specify the functions folder as an argument. Is that defined anywhere?


As an aside, I did get past this. Turns out that when I opened terminal in VSCode, it wasn’t in the project folder. When I switched, everything worked, but I still would like to know how to specify the functions folder at the command line.


I think, if you set it in the netlify.toml file, it should work automatically for you:

functions = "<path/to/your/folder>"
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Right, but the CLI suggests you can also pass it as an argument. What is that argument?


According to the source of the plugin, i don’t think you can set it as an argument but, if you have an empty netlify.toml file with the lines i mentioned above then it will create the folder with the functions in it.

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Ok so if the error says you can, then this comes down to a bug, right? :slight_smile:


Yeah the message needs to get updated.

These are the only flags right meow


Opened a PR to update that misleading log

Thanks for report @cfjedimaster

And thanks @zltnvrs for helping out as well =)

Set the function path in the netlify.toml for this to work

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Yes - big thanks to @zltnvrs and @cfjedimaster! :clap: