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Easily convert your Python functions into multi-command CLI program.

Project description

Clime is a simple Python module to let you convert a Python program contains functions into a multi-command CLI program.

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Clime is hosted on two different platform, PyPI and GitHub.

  1. Install from PyPI

    Install Clime from PyPI for a stable version

    $ sudo pip install clime

    If you don’t have pip, execute

    $ sudo apt-get install python-pip

    to install pip on Debian-base Linux distribution.

  2. Get Clime from GitHub

    If you want to follow the lastest version of Clime, use

    $ git clone git://

    to clone a Clime repository. Or download manually from GitHub.

CLI-ize ME!

Here is the basic usage of Clime.

You have two different ways to use Clime.

  1. Insert Lines into Source

    Just add two lines below into your source

    import clime

    Recommend to put the codes into the if __name__ == '__main__': block.

  2. Use as A Command is also an executable script. Use it to convert a moudle temporarily.

    For convenience, make a command for

    $ sudo ln -s /usr/local/lib/python<VERSION>/dist-packages/ /usr/bin/clime
    $ sudo chmod 755 /usr/bin/clime

    Then, you can use clime as a normal command

    $ clime <module_name> <args_for_module>


Here is a example of a script uses Clime:

# file: example/

'''Here is docstring of module.'''

def onlyme(s, b=True, l=None):
    '''Here is docstring of function.'''

    print 's:', s
    print 'b:', b
    print 'l:', l

if __name__ == '__main__':
    import clime

After added the last 2 lines, this script is a CLI program now. Try to use it on shell.

  1. Call the program with –help

    $ python --help
    usage: [-b] [-l VAL] s
       or: onlyme [-b] [-l VAL] s
    Here is docstring of module.
  2. Call the program with Command and –help

    $ python onlyme --help
    usage: onlyme [-b] [-l VAL] s
    Here is docstring of function.
  3. The different behaviors decide by default value

    $ python test -b -loption_arg
    s: test
    b: False
    l: option_arg
  4. Duplicate options

    $ python test -bbb -l one -l two -l three
    s: test
    b: 3
    l: ['one', 'two', 'three']

See the clime.Command.parse section for more details about argument parsing.

More examples are in the clime/examples.

The basic usage of Clime is end here. If you want to know more details or help Clime, please visit Take a Deeper Look at Clime.

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