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Gleam command line argument parsing with basic flag support.


To install from hex:

gleam add glint


Glint’s Core

glint is conceptually quite small, your general flow will be:

  1. create a new glint instance with
  2. configure it with glint.with_pretty_help and other configuration functions
  3. add commands with glint.add
  4. create a new command with glint.cmd
  5. assign that command any flags required
  6. assign the command a custom description
  7. run your cli with, run with a function to handle command output with glint.run_and_handle

✨ Complementary packages

Glint works amazingly with these other packages:

Mini Example

You can import glint as a dependency and use it to build simple command-line applications like the following simplified version of the the hello world example

// stdlib imports
import gleam/io
import gleam/list
import gleam/result
import gleam/string.{uppercase}
// external dep imports
import snag
import argv
// glint imports
import glint
import glint/flag

/// the key for the caps flag
const caps = "caps"

/// a boolean flag with default False to control message capitalization.
fn caps_flag() -> flag.FlagBuilder(Bool) {
 |> flag.default(False)
 |> flag.description("Capitalize the provided name")

/// the command function that will be executed
fn hello(input: glint.CommandInput) -> Nil {
 let assert Ok(caps) = flag.get_bool(from: input.flags, for: caps)

 let name =
   case input.args {
       [] -> "Joe"
       [name,..] -> name

 let msg = "Hello, " <> name <> "!"

 case caps {
   True -> uppercase(msg)
   False -> msg
 |> io.println

pub fn main() {
 // create a new glint instance
 // with an app name of "hello", this is used when printing help text
 |> glint.with_name("hello")
 // with pretty help enabled, using the built-in colours
 |> glint.with_pretty_help(glint.default_pretty_help())
 // with a root command that executes the `hello` function
 |> glint.add(
     // add the command to the root
     at: [],
     // create the command, add any flags
     do: glint.command(hello)
     // with flag `caps`
     |> glint.flag(caps, caps_flag())
     // with a short description
     |> glint.description("Prints Hello, <NAME>!"),
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