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An extension to click that easily turns your click app into a shell utility

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click-shell is an extension to click that easily turns your click app into a shell utility. It is built on top of the built in python cmd module, with modifications to make it work with click.


  • Adds a “shell” mode with command completion to any click app
  • Just a one line change for most click apps


Simply replace with on the root level command:

from click_shell import shell

#  # no longer
@shell(prompt='my-app > ', intro='Starting my app...')
def my_app():

def testcommand():
    print('testcommand is running')

# more commands

if __name__ == '__main__':

When run, you should expect an output like so:

$ python
Starting my app...
my-app > testcommand
testcommand is running
my-app >


It should be noted that this decorator only alters functionality if no arguments are passed on the command line. If you try to run a command directly (like python the_command in the above example), your app will function identically to how it did before.

For more advanced usage, check out our docs at

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