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Powerline is a library for writing fast and reliable command-line applications in Swift, for Linux and macOS.

Supported platforms

Powerline runs on macOS and Ubuntu.

  • Ubuntu 14.04+
  • macOS 10.12+


  • Subcommands
  • Type-safe argument parsing
  • Shell commands
  • Prompting
  • String coloring


Due to lack of argument parsing standards, Powerline adopts a similar style to that of git. Here's how Powerline distinguishes types of arguments:

  • Option, A key-value argument. --message "Message" or -m "Message"
  • Flag, An on-off switch defining a condition. --verbose or -v
    • Multiple flags can be combined. -a -b -c, equals -abc
    • A series of flags can contain a trailing option -abcm "Message"
  • Parameter, An argument that is a value in itself

Creating a command-line application

  • Create a new folder and run swift package init —type executable
  • Add Powerline as a dependency to your package
import PackageDescription

let package = Package(
    name: "example",
    dependencies: [
        .package(url: "https://github.com/formbound/Powerline", from: "1.0.0"),
    targets: [
            name: "example",
            dependencies: ["Powerline"]),
  • Define arguments for your command
extension Flag {
    static let verbose = Flag(
        longName: "verbose",
        shortName: "v",
        summary: "Print verbose output"

extension Option {
    static let count = Option(
        longName: "count",
        shortName: "n",
        summary: "Repeat n times"

extension Parameter {
    static let message = Parameter(
        name: "Message",
        summary: "Message to print"
  • Create a command
struct ExampleCommand : Command {

    let summary: String = "A sample command that prints a message"

    // Define the arguments that the command accepts
    let arguments = Arguments(
        flags: [.verbose],
        options: [.count],
        parameters: [.message]

    // Process the command.
    // `Context` contains information about the process, such as tokenized
    // arguments and more
    func process(context: Context) throws {

        let message: String

        // If the message is provided as an argument, use it
        if let provided: String = try context.parameters.value(for: .message) {
            message = provided
        } else {
            // Otherwise, ask the user to provide a message
            message = context.read(message: "What do you want to print out?")

        // Read the count option, or default to 1
        let count: Int = try context.value(for: .count) ?? 1

        if count > 10 {
            // Prompt a user to print a message more than 10 times
            guard context.confirm("Print \"\(message)\" \(count) times?") else {

        for i in 0 ..< count {
            // Print verbos output
            if context.flags.contains(.verbose) {
                context.print("Printing message number \(i + 1)...".darkGray)
  • Run the command
let command = ExampleCommand()
try command.run()


Read the code documentation at powerline.formbound.org


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