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A python module to help create predictable command line tools for python >= 2.6 and 3.x

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A python module to help create predictable command line tools for python >= 2.6 and 3.x

pycli_tools is a python module that wraps the ArgumentParser class from the build-in argparse module.

If you use it in your command line scripts you will get some defaults options added to your application such as –verbose and –quiet to control the verbosity of your application (using the python logging module).

Also there is the –config option that gives you the ability to read command line arguments from a configuration file to save users of your application a lot of typing (e.g. ~/.myapprc).

Copyright (c) 2013 Nico Di Rocco.
License: MIT (see LICENSE for details).


The easiest way is to install using pip:

$ pip install pycli_tools

Read the documentation for alternative ways of installing.


To create a myapp command that reads its default configuration from ~/.myapprc do this:

from pycli_tools.parsers import get_argparser

parser = get_argparser(prog='myapp', default_config='~/.myapprc')
args = parser.parse_args()

The file ~/.myapprc can contain the following:

database = /some/path/to/my/database.sqlite

Read the documentation to see how to use pycli_tools.


Read the full documentation here.

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