free as in freedom php readline component for unix cli scripts
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Readline Component for PHP

This project aims to deliver an easy to use and free as in freedom php compontent for dealing with unix console readline and autocomplete php scripts.

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The current change log can be found here.


  • autocomplete support
  • readline support
  • configuration as array
    • set array with possible autocomplete options
    • bind actions to specific autocomplete options
    • supports function, closures and objects as autocomplete target
  • easy up php's readline implementation as seen here
  • works with PHP 5.3 and above


use Net\Bazzline\Component\Cli\Readline\ManagerFactory;

require_once __DIR__ . '/../vendor/autoload.php';

$factory    = new ManagerFactory();
$manager    = $factory->create();
$myClass    = new MyClass();    //assuming a class "MyClass" exists

        'git' => array(
            'add' => function ($files) {
                if (!is_null($files)) {
                    passthru('/usr/bin/env git add ' . implode(' ', $files));
            'commit' => function ($message) {
                if (is_null($message)) {
                    passthru('/usr/bin/env git commit');
                } else {
                    passthru('/usr/bin/env git commit -m "' . (string) $message . '"');
        'info' => 'phpinfo',
        'my' => array(
            'function_one' => array($myClass, 'one'),   //assuming MyClass has a method "one"
            'function_two' => array($myClass, 'two')    //assuming MyClass has a method "two"
$manager->setPrompt(': ');

The example above would result into the following possible autocompletion cases.

  • no word
    • git
    • info
    • my
  • first word is git
    • add
    • commit
  • first word is my
    • function_one
    • function_two


By Hand

mkdir -p vendor/net_bazzline/php_component_cli_readline
cd vendor/net_bazzline/php_component_cli_readline
git clone .

With Packagist

composer require net_bazzline/php_component_cli_readline:dev-master


API is available at

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Final Words

Star it if you like it :-). Add issues if you need it. Pull patches if you enjoy it. Write a blog entry if you use it :-D.