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A cross-platform command-line utility that creates projects from cookiecutters (project templates), e.g. Python package projects, C projects.


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Create projects swiftly from cookiecutters (project templates) with this command-line utility. Ideal for generating Python package projects and more.


Install cookiecutter using pip package manager:

# pipx is strongly recommended.
pipx install cookiecutter

# If pipx is not an option,
# you can install cookiecutter in your Python user directory.
python -m pip install --user cookiecutter


  • Cross-Platform: Supports Windows, Mac, and Linux.
  • User-Friendly: No Python knowledge required.
  • Versatile: Compatible with Python 3.7 to 3.12.
  • Multi-Language Support: Use templates in any language or markup format.

For Users

Quick Start

The recommended way to use Cookiecutter as a command line utility is to run it with pipx, which can be installed with pip install pipx, but if you plan to use Cookiecutter programmatically, please run pip install cookiecutter.

Use a GitHub template

# You'll be prompted to enter values.
# Then it'll create your Python package in the current working directory,
# based on those values.
# For the sake of brevity, repos on GitHub can just use the 'gh' prefix
$ pipx run cookiecutter gh:audreyfeldroy/cookiecutter-pypackage

Use a local template

$ pipx run cookiecutter cookiecutter-pypackage/

Use it from Python

from cookiecutter.main import cookiecutter

# Create project from the cookiecutter-pypackage/ template

# Create project from the cookiecutter-pypackage.git repo template

Detailed Usage

  • Generate projects from local or remote templates.
  • Customize projects with cookiecutter.json prompts.
  • Utilize pre-prompt, pre- and post-generate hooks.

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For Template Creators

  • Utilize unlimited directory nesting.
  • Employ Jinja2 for all templating needs.
  • Define template variables easily with cookiecutter.json.

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Available Templates

Discover a variety of ready-to-use templates on GitHub.

Special Templates


Join the community, contribute, or seek assistance.


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  • Stay tuned for upcoming support options.


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Waiting for a Response?

  • Be patient and consider reaching out to the community for assistance.
  • For urgent matters, contact @audreyfeldroy for consultation or custom development.

Code of Conduct

Adhere to the PyPA Code of Conduct during all interactions in the project's ecosystem.


Created and led by Audrey Roy Greenfeld, supported by a dedicated team of maintainers and contributors.