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An unopinionated project builder for everyone.

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Otek is a command line tool to help you make new projects with ease.

Otek stores templates of projects so you don’t have to remake the same file structure every time your start developing a new idea. Just make the template once and keep getting started from that. Otek avoids being opinonated because the user knows what project format is best. This is different from projects like yeoman where the user has no control over their project structure.

What’s with the name? “Otek” is a translitaterion of the hebrew word for “copy”. I’m using hebrew because using a different language is the only way to find a name that wasn’t taken.


Just use pip!

pip install otek

.otek Folder

In the .otek folder there’s an otekrc which stores the defaults values for variables in JSON format. It supports full JSON. To see how to use variables, read the next section.


Templates let you pre-process your projects with different variables. First create a template project in your ~/.otek folder. This will look like

# ~/.otek/example-project/
__author__ = '<% name %>'

print('hello, world.  This is the <% PROJNAME %> ')

Next create a new project for your template to be created

$ mkdir example && cd example
$ otek create example-project

Now our main python file has subsituted the name for Jacob Wunder

# ~/Documents/example/
__author__ = 'Jacob Wunder'

print('hello, world.  This is the example-project ')

To change values for certain variables on a project to project basis, just use the -v flag followed by a variable name. WARNING: only works for top-level variables.

otek create example-project -v name="Linus Torvalds"

Now value of name is ‘Linus Torvalds’ so the __author__ will be Linus Torvalds

# ~/Documents/example/
__author__ = 'Linus Torvalds'

print('hello, world.  This is the example-project ')

create Script

Need more than files to create your project? Just create a file called create which will be run upon creation time as a bash script. This could be used to run npm init or npm install if you already have a default package.json.


  • Download other people’s project templates using github in a similar way to homebrew formulae

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