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Generate CLI ArgumentParser from a function signature.

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Generate a nice command line interface for a list of functions or a module. Never worry about your Argparser being out of sync with your code. Try it with pip install func_argparse.


In a '' file:

"""Say hello or goodbye to the user."""

import func_argparse

def hello(user: str, times: int = None):
    """Say hello.

        user: name of the user
    print(f"Hello {user}" * (1 if times is None else times))

def bye(user: str, see_you: float = 1.0):
    """Say goodbye."""
    print(f"Goodbye {user}, see you in {see_you:.1f} days")

if __name__ == "__main__":

From CLI:

$ python hello --user gwenzek
Hello gwenzek

$ python hello --user gwenzek --times 2
Hello gwenzekHello gwenzek

$ python bye --user gwenzek --see_you 12.345
Goodbye gwenzek, see you in 12.3 days

$ python hello -u gwenzek -t 1
Hello gwenzek

$ python --help
usage: [-h] {hello,bye} ...

Say hello or goodbye to the user.

positional arguments:
    hello      Say hello.
    bye        Say goodbye.

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

$ python bye --help
usage: bye [-h] -u USER [-s SEE_YOU]

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -u USER, --user USER
  -s SEE_YOU, --see_you SEE_YOU


  • func_argparse.main() create one CLI command by "public" function from a file / module.
  • Use func_argparse.single_main(my_main) if you only have one entry point in your file.
  • All functions arguments need a type hint.
  • Arguments without default value will be marked as required.
  • A boolean argument a will generate two flags: --a and --no-a.
  • A boolean argument with no default value will be assumed to default to False.
  • The first argument starting with letter a will also be available with the flag -a.
  • The function docstring will be parsed to extract the help messages.
    • First line is used as help message for the function
    • First line starting with a will be used to extract the documentation for argument a. Spaces, dashes and columns will be stripped before displaying.
  • Some kind of functions (notably builtin and C-function) can't be inspected and we can't generate Argparser for them.
  • func_argparse generate classics argparse.Argparser you can mix and match them with hand-written parsers.
  • You can't have a function with an argument named __command when using main or multi_parser.
  • If you don't like the generated parser, you can modify it using override function.

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