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nikstar/CLInterface v1.0.3
Elegant @propertyWrapper-based command line argument parser
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🕓 2 weeks ago
.package(url: "https://github.com/nikstar/CLInterface.git", from: "v1.0.3")


This project is archived. I'm happy with how CLInterface turned out; it's architecture includes extensive use of reflection to achieve exactly the API I wanted. Unfortunatly, soon after it's release, Apple came out with its own first-party argument parser library that has a very similar interface.

Swift 5.1 era argument parser

Swift 5.1 platforms: macOS, Linux Swift Package Manager compatible releases MIT license

CLInterface protocol should be implemented by a class or a struct that will represent command line interface of your program. Apart from required description property, it should contain @Argument and @PositionalArgument properties for any arguments you want. They will be set automatically after you call parseArguments.

Both optional and required arguments are supported. Use default: and optional properies to get the behavior you want. (For example, non-optional property without default value will throw error at parseArguments call.)

Use Swift package manager to add to your project:

        .package(url: "https://github.com/nikstar/CLInterface.git", from: "1.0.3"),


final class Swiftc : CLInterface {
    var description = "Swift compiler"

    @Argument("--output", "-o", usage: "Write output to <file>")
    var outputPath: String?
    @Argument("-g", usage: "Emit debug info", default: false)
    var debugMode: Bool
    @PositionalArgument(name: "files", usage: "Files that will be compiled")
    var files: [String]

After calling parseArguments, you will be able to use these properties like normal variables.

let swiftc = Swiftc()
try swiftc.parseArguments(["-o", "hello", "-g", "main.swift", "Greeter.swift"])

swiftc.outputPath // Optional("hello")
swiftc.debugMode // true
swiftc.files // ["main.swift", "Greeter.swift"]

swiftc -h or swiftc --help prints usage info:

OVERVIEW: Swift compiler

--output, -o   Write output to <file>
-g             Emit debug info
--help         Display available options

files          Files that will be compiled

See ExampleSwiftc for working example.

See Opusab, my audiobook converter, for another real-life example.


Stars: 7
Last commit: 2 weeks ago
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Release Notes

2 years ago

Move to self-hosted SPM ArgumentParser

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