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Unopinionated argparse wrapper

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Unopinionated argparse wrapper

NOTE: The EXACT same decorating order as regular argparse MUST be respected

Why argdeco?

There are so many libraries out there for writing command line utilities; why does argdeco exist?

This question is easy to answer: because there is not a single command line utility for Python out there which ticks the following boxes: (sound familiar?)

  • supports class callback method decoration and method instance binding with class instance forwarding (thank you Graham Dumpleton for wrapt!)

  • supports callback callable instance binding with argparse context or parser instance forwarding

  • shares the EXACT same API as argparse using decorators


You can get the library directly from PyPI:

$ pip install argdeco-JoshGoA

The installation into a virtualenv (or pipenv) is heavily recommended.

API reference

  • argdeco.argument_parser(wrapped=None, parser_class=argparse.ArgumentParser, ctx=False, prog=None, usage=None, description=None, epilog=None, parents=[], formatter_class=argparse.HelpFormatter, prefix_chars="-", fromfile_prefix_chars=None, argument_default=None, conflict_handler="error", add_help=True, allow_abbrev=True)

    • Create a new ArgumentParser object. All parameters should be passed as keyword arguments. Each parameter has its own more detailed description below, but in short they are:

      • wrapped - The callback callable (default: None)

      • parser_class - The class to instantiate the parser (default: argparse.ArgumentParser)

      • ctx - Pass the argparse context or parser instance to the callback callable (default: False)

      • prog - The name of the program (default: sys.argv[0])

      • usage - The string describing the program usage (default: generated from arguments added to parser)

      • description - Text to display before the argument help (default: doc)

      • epilog - Text to display after the argument help (default: none)

      • parents - A list of ArgumentParser objects whose arguments should also be included

      • formatter_class - A class for customizing the help output

      • prefix_chars - The set of characters that prefix optional arguments (default: "-")

      • fromfile_prefix_chars - The set of characters that prefix files from which additional arguments should be read (default: None)

      • argument_default - The global default value for arguments (default: None)

      • conflict_handler - The strategy for resolving conflicting optionals (usually unnecessary)

      • add_help - Add a -h/--help option to the parser (default: True)

      • allow_abbrev - Allows long options to be abbreviated if the abbreviation is unambiguous. (default: True)

>>> import argdeco
>>> @argdeco.add_argument("--foo", help="foo help")
... @argdeco.argument_parser
... def parser(foo):
...     pass
>>> parser(["--help"])
usage: [-h] [--foo FOO]

optional arguments:
 -h, --help  show this help message and exit
 --foo FOO   foo help
  • argdeco.add_argument(name or flags..., group=None, [, action][, nargs][, const][, default][, type][, choices][, required][, help][, metavar][, dest])

    • Define how a single command-line argument should be parsed. Each parameter has its own more detailed description below, but in short they are:

      • name or flags - Either a name or a list of option strings, e.g. foo or -f, --foo.

      • group - The group to add the argument. (default: None)

      • action - The basic type of action to be taken when this argument is encountered at the command line.

      • nargs - The number of command-line arguments that should be consumed.

      • const - A constant value required by some action and nargs selections.

      • default - The value produced if the argument is absent from the command line.

      • type - The type to which the command-line argument should be converted.

      • choices - A container of the allowable values for the argument.

      • required - Whether or not the command-line option may be omitted (optionals only).

      • help - A brief description of what the argument does.

      • metavar - A name for the argument in usage messages.

      • dest - The name of the attribute to be added to the object returned by parse_args().

  • argdeco.add_subparsers(wrapped=None, [title][, description][, prog][, parser_class][, action][, option_string][, dest][, required][, help][, metavar])

    • Many programs split up their functionality into a number of sub-commands, for example, the svn program can invoke sub-commands like svn checkout, svn update, and svn commit. Splitting up functionality this way can be a particularly good idea when a program performs several different functions which require different kinds of command-line arguments. ArgumentParser supports the creation of such sub-commands with the add_subparsers() method. The add_subparsers() method is normally called with no arguments and returns a special action object. This object has a single method, add_parser(), which takes a command name and any ArgumentParser constructor arguments, and returns an ArgumentParser object that can be modified as usual.

    • Description of parameters:

      • wrapped - The callback callable (default: None)

      • title - title for the sub-parser group in help output; by default “subcommands” if description is provided, otherwise uses title for positional arguments

      • description - description for the sub-parser group in help output, by default None

      • prog - usage information that will be displayed with sub-command help, by default the name of the program and any positional arguments before the subparser argument

      • parser_class - class which will be used to create sub-parser instances, by default the class of the current parser (e.g. ArgumentParser)

      • action - the basic type of action to be taken when this argument is encountered at the command line

      • dest - name of the attribute under which sub-command name will be stored; by default None and no value is stored

      • required - Whether or not a subcommand must be provided, by default False (added in 3.7)

      • help - help for sub-parser group in help output, by default None

      • metavar - string presenting available sub-commands in help; by default it is None and presents sub-commands in form {cmd1, cmd2, ..}

>>> # create the top-level parser
>>> @argdeco.add_subparsers(help="sub-command help")
... @argdeco.add_argument("--foo", action="store_true", help="foo help")
... @argdeco.argument_parser(prog="PROG")
... def parser(**kwargs):
...     print("parser")
...     print(kwargs)
>>> # create the parser for the "a" command
>>> @argdeco.add_argument("bar", type=int, help="bar help")
... @argdeco.add_parser(parser, "a", help="a help")
... def parser_a(**kwargs):
...     print("parser_a")
...     print(kwargs)
>>> # create the parser for the "a" command
>>> @argdeco.add_argument("--baz", choices="XYZ", help="baz help")
... @argdeco.add_parser(parser, "b", help="b help")
... def parser_b(**kwargs):
...     print("parser_b")
...     print(kwargs)
>>> # parse some argument lists
>>> parser(["a", "12"])
{"foo": False, "bar": 12}
>>> parser(["--foo", "b", "--baz", "Z"])
{"foo": True, "baz": "Z"}
  • argdeco.add_argument_group(title=None, description=None)

    • By default, ArgumentParser groups command-line arguments into “positional arguments” and “optional arguments” when displaying help messages. When there is a better conceptual grouping of arguments than this default one, appropriate groups can be created using the add_argument_group() method:
>>> @argdeco.add_argument("bar", group="group", help="bar help")
... @argdeco.add_argument("--foo", group="group", help="foo help")
... @argdeco.add_argument_group("group")
... @argdeco.argument_parser(prog="PROG", add_help=False)
... def parser(**kwargs):
...     pass
>>> parser.print_help()
usage: PROG [--foo FOO] bar

  bar    bar help
  --foo FOO  foo help
  • ardeco.add_mutually_exclusive_group(required=False)
>>> @argdeco.add_argument("--bar", group="group", action="store_false")
... @argdeco.add_argument("--foo", group="group", action="store_true")
... @argdeco.add_mutually_exclusive_group("group")
... @argdeco.argument_parser(prog="PROG")
... def parser(**kwargs):
...     print(kwargs)
>>> parser(["--foo"])
{"foo": True, "bar": True}
>>> parser(["--bar"])
{"foo": False, "bar": False}
>>> parser(["--foo", "--bar"])
usage: PROG [-h] [--foo | --bar]
PROG: error: argument --bar: not allowed with argument --foo

Advanced usage

Accessing attributes

argdeco does NOT override decorated functions so that they can be accessed by the user easily if needed. In order to access the argparse context or parser instance, it is recommended to use context forwarding.

>>> @argdeco.argument_parser
... def prog(self):
...     pass
>>> prog.__wrapped__
<function prog at 0x0000029BCBFABF70>
>>> prog.parser
ArgumentParser(prog="", usage=None, description=None, formatter_class=<class "argparse.HelpFormatter">, conflict_handler="error", add_help=True)

Class method decoration

argdeco supports class callback method decoration, unlike the big majority of CLI decorator libraries, without any difference as regular callback callable decoration.

>>> class Prog:
...     @argdeco.argument_parser
...     def parser(self):
...         pass

Decorating a class will forward the arguments to the __init__ method (usually not the desired behaviour), as decorated callbacks will ALWAYS be treated as callables.

>>> @argdeco.argument_parser
... class Prog:
...     pass

Decorating the __call__ method will forward the arguments to the class itself, following standard decorator usage as specified by wrapt.

>>> class Prog:
...     @argdeco.argument_parser
...     def __call__(self):
...         pass

Context forwarding

Decorated callback callables can get access to the argparse context or parser instance.

>>> @argdeco.argument_parser(ctx=True, prog="PROG")
... def parser(ctx):
...     ctx.print_help()
>>> parser([])
usage: PROG [-h]

optional arguments:
  -h, --help  show this help message and exit

Class callback method context or parser instance forwarding is still respected on decorated class methods.

>>> class Prog:
...     @argdeco.argument_parser(ctx=True, prog="PROG")
...     def __call__(self, ctx):
...         ctx.print_help()
>>> prog = Prog()
>>> prog([])
usage: PROG [-h]

optional arguments:
  -h, --help  show this help message and exit

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