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A library for quickly building CLI Python-based tools with basic features in a shortened way

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This library is currently a very minimalistic module aimed to shorten and format the way a "self-contained" Python tool can be made. It is mostly based on a script template that was used for building some specific tools holding useful metadata. It is not aimed to provide helpers as many other libraries already do this.

NB: By "self-contained", it is meant that the script does not rely on relative libraries or any configuration or other file, only on Python installed libraries. Such a tool is thus contained in a single file. This is because it is more convenient for deploying its into an executable path.


sudo pip install tinyscript


sudo pip3 install tinyscript


  • Formats tool's help using argparse and script metadata
  • Creates a logger and enables colored logging
  • Reduce lines for defining input arguments and increase script readability
  • Pre-imports some common built-in modules
  • Customize exit/interrupt/terminate handlers


Every customization MUST be declared <u>before</u> the initialize(globals()) call. Once invoked, this function appends useful references to the script's dictionary of global variables.

Customizing metadata

Metadata fields used in the documentation:

Field Comment
__author__ self-explanatory
__email__ self-explanatory
__examples__ a list of strings providing example arguments and options (no need to mention the tool name)
__reference__ field for referencing a book/course/...
__source__ same as for __reference__
__training__ field for mentioning a training the script comes from
__version__ self-explanatory

Customizing logging

Constants that can be overwritten:

Name Default
LOG_FORMAT %(asctime)s [%(levelname)s] %(message)s

Defining arguments

Import from TinyScript prevents from redefining a parser and the initialize(globals()) call achieves arguments parsing so that it only remains to add new arguments in the main script.

NB: A verbose switch is built-in by default like follows and can be overwritten:

parser.add_argument("-v", dest="verbose", action="store_true",
                    help="debug verbose level (default: false)")

This switch can also be configured for counting v's to set the debug level. In this case, append multi_debug_level=True to the initialize call.

Pre-imported modules

List of pre-imported built-in modules:

  • logging
  • os
  • random
  • re
  • signal
  • sys
  • time

Customizing the exit/interrupt/terminate handler

Handlers are defined as follows:

  • at_exit: This is executed when the script ends, whatever the reason. This can be used e.g. for closing a socket.
  • at_graceful_exit: This only runs if the script completed successfully. at_exit is executed afterwards.
  • at_interrupt: This only runs when SIGINT signal is received, in other words, when Ctrl+C is hit. at_exit is executed afterwards.
  • at_terminate: This only runs when SIGTERM signal is received, in other words, when another process kills the script. at_exit is executed afterwards.


Very simple example with no documentation and no handlers:

""" """
#!/usr/bin/env python
from tinyscript import *

__author__ = "John Doe"
__version__ = "1.0"
__reference__ = "Tinyscript documentation"
__examples__ = ["-h"]

if __name__ == '__main__':
    initialize(globals())"Hello world !")

In a terminal, it gives:

$ python 
12:34:56 [INFO] Hello world !

$ python -h
usage: [-h] [-v]

HelloWorld v1.0
Author: John Doe
Reference: Tinyscript documentation

optional arguments:
  -h, --help  show this help message and exit
  -v          debug verbose level (default: false)

Usage examples:
  python -h

Example with documentation and handlers:

#!/usr/bin/env python
# -*- coding: UTF-8 -*-
__author__ = "John Doe"
__email__ = ""
__version__ = "1.0"
__reference__ = "A great book !"
__examples__ = ["-v", "-i 0"]
__doc__ = "This is an example tool"

from tinyscript import *

def at_exit():"Shutting down...")

def at_graceful_exit():"Execution successful")

def at_interrupt():

def at_terminate():

if __name__ == '__main__':
    global logger
    parser.add_argument("-i", dest="integer", type=int, default=-1,
                        help="an example integer (default: -1)")
    parser.add_argument("-k", dest="integer2", type=int, default=-1,
                        help="another example integer (default: -1)")
    initialize(globals(),  # this appends 'args' and 'logger' to globals
               sudo=False, # this allows to require for sudo or not
               # if multi_debug_level=True, this allows to use -v, -vv, -vvv
                           #  no -v  => ERROR
                           #  -v     => WARNING
                           #  -vv    => INFO
                           #  -vvv   => DEBUG
    # two kinds of validation: without default => triggers exit ;
    #                          with default    => sets the default and continues
        ("integer", " ? < 0", "Integer must be greater or equal to 0"),
        ("integer2", " ? < 0", "Same as for the other integer", 1000),
    )  # this will exit because of 'integer' whose default is -1
       # and will only give a warning for 'integer2' whose default is -1"Hit Ctrl+C to leave...")
    while True:
        pass  # Ctrl+C will use at_interrupt()
              # at_exit() will then execute

# 'python' will fail
# 'python -i 0 -v' will show a warning for 'integer2' (because of -v)
# 'python -i 0 -k 0' will work with no warning

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