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Clikt (pronounced "clicked") is a Kotlin library that makes writing command line interfaces simple and intuitive. It's the "Command Line Interface for Kotlin".

Inspired by Python's Click, it is designed to make the process of writing command line tools efortless while supporting a wide variety of use cases and allowing advanced customization when needed.

Clikt has:

  • arbitrary nesting of commands
  • composable, type safe parameter values
  • support for a wide variety of command line interface styles

What does it look like? Here's a complete example of a simple Clikt program:

class Hello : CliktCommand() {
    val count: Int by option(help="Number of greetings").int().default(1)
    val name: String by option(help="The person to greet").prompt("Your name")

    override fun run() {
        for (i in 1..count) {
            echo("Hello $name!")

fun main(args: Array<String>) = Hello().main(args)

And here's what it looks like when run:

 $ ./hello --count=3
 Your name: John
 Hello John!
 Hello John!
 Hello John!

The help page is generated for you:

$ ./hello --help
Usage: hello [OPTIONS]

  --count INT  Number of greetings
  --name TEXT  The person to greet
  -h, --help   Show this message and exit

Errors are also taken care of:

$ ./hello --whoops
Usage: hello [OPTIONS]

Error: no such option: "--whoops".


The full documentation can be found on the website.

There are also a number of sample applications. You can run them with the included runsample script.


Clikt is distributed through Maven Central, Jcenter and Jitpack.

dependencies {
   implementation 'com.github.ajalt:clikt:1.7.0'


Copyright 2018 AJ Alt

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