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Motif is an opinionated templating toolkit built in Python.

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Motif is an opinionated templating toolkit built in Python


  • Python 3.8.x, 3.9.x
  • Appropriate virtualization


pip install ap-motif


# validate a configuration file
motif validate PATH/TO/CONFIG.YML
# create a new tool via configuration file
motif create PATH/TO/CONFIG.YML

Config File Definition

version: 'VERSION'

    name: 'TOOL_NAME'
    version: 'MAJOR.MINOR.PATCH'
    description: 'DESCRIPTION'
    author: 'AUTHOR_NAME'
    author_email: 'AUTHOR_EMAIL'
        command: 'COMMAND_NAME'
  • VERSION is the motif config version, currently 1.0

  • NAMESPACE_IDENTIFIER is the name of your python namespace, i.e. ap for things I create

  • TOOL_NAME is the name of the tool, i.e. motif

  • MAJOR.MINOR.PATCH is an optional field that defaults to 0.1.0

  • AUTHOR_NAME is the author's name

  • AUTHOR_EMAIL is the author's email (use your github anonymous email for security purposes)

  • TOOL_IDENTIFIER is one of the following:

    • cli to create a new CLI tool
  • tool_specific options change based on the tool in question

    • cli
      • COMMAND_NAME is an optional field and will revert to the TOOL_NAME if not provided. this is the command line command used to execute the tool

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