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A simple package for parsing function arguments from the command line

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A simple, intuitive way to parse command line arguments. Simply make a function, and call parseargs on it.
  • parses data types through annoations (annotations not required for string arguments)
  • parses positional arguments into positional cli arguments with the same name
  • parses optional keyword arguments by adding them as optional cli arguments
  • parses annotated arguments and uses the native cli specification for types
  • adds a description of the command by using the signature of the method.



from parseargs import parseargs

def fun(firstname, lastname:str, number:int = 5):
	print(f"Hello {firstname} {lastname}")
	print(f"Your number is {number}")
	number *= 2
	print(f"Twice your number is {number}")


Now on the command line, you can do:

$ python ricky bobby --number 5

Notice how it will print out 10. If you remove the annotation declaring the number an int, it will instead print out 55, because it will interpret it as a string.

We can get the method signature with:

$ python -h
usage: [-h] [-n NUMBER] firstname lastname

signature = (firstname, lastname: str, number: int = 5)

positional arguments:

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

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