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ConsoleKit

SwiftPM compatible MIT License language Swift 5.3 platform macOS platform Linux

The ConsoleKit framework contains various convenient utilities for making it easier to write terminal I/O in Swift.

License

ConsoleKit is released under the MIT license. See LICENSE file for more detailed information.

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Getting Started

Add ConsoleKit to your Swift package by adding the following to your Package.swift file in the dependencies array:

.package(url: "https://github.com/apparata/ConsoleKit.git", from: "<version>")

You can add CLIKit by entering the URL to the repository via the File menu in Xcode:

File > Swift Packages > Add Package Dependency...

Note: ConsoleKit requires Swift 5.3 or later.

Reference Documentation

There is generated reference documentation available.

Features

The following sections contain some rudimentary information about the most prominent features in ConsoleKit, along with examples.

Terminal Output

Example of using the TerminalString struct to print a string with ANSI terminal codes:

Console.print("\(.green)This is green.\(.reset)\(.bold)This is bold.\(.reset)")

If the console is a "dumb" terminal or the Xcode console, the ANSI terminal codes will be filtered out.

The Console class has a few convenience methods for console input and output:

if Console.confirmYesOrNo(question: "Clear the screen?", default: false) {
    // Clear the screen.
    Console.clear()
} else {
    // Do not clear the screen.
}

Read Evaluate Print Loop

The ReadEvaluatePrintLoop class has a built in command line editor with support for various common keyboard shortcuts, customizable tab completion, a command line history, and multi-line support. If the terminal is "dumb" or a debugger is attached (such as if you want to run in the Xcode console) it falls back to just reading buffered lines from stdin.

Example:

let readEvaluatePrintLoop = try ReadEvaluatePrintLoop()

readEvaluatePrintLoop.textCompletion = SimpleWordCompletion(completions: [
    "banana",
    "discombobulated",
    "water",
    "whatever"
])

readEvaluatePrintLoop.run { input, finish in
    guard !["quit", "exit"].contains(input) else {
        finish(.break)
        return
    }
    
    Console.write(terminalString: "You entered: \(input)\n")
    finish(.continue)
}

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