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Parses the argv array.


You can install Argumentative with npm:

npm install argumentative

You can also clone the repository with Git:

git clone

There are no dependencies to install.


There is only one parseArgv() function, which takes the argv array and an optional map of abbreviations as its first and second arguments, respectively:

const argumentative = require('argumentative');

const { argv } = process,
      { parseArgv } = argumentative;

const abbreviations = {
  'h': 'help',
  'v': 'version'

const { commands, options } = parseArgv(argv, abbreviations);


The return value is a plain old JavaScript object with the following properties:

  • interpreterPath - The first element of the argv array. This is fully qualified path of interpreter running the script.

  • filePath - The second element of the argv array. This will be the fully qualified path of the script itself.

  • args - An array of the remaining arguments, possibly empty if no command line arguments were passed.

  • options - A map of option names to their values.

  • commands - An array of the elements of the argv array that are not options.

If you pass a map of abbreviations, abbreviated option names in the options map will be replaced with their corresponding unabbreviated names. If corresponding unabbreviated and abbreviated options are present, the latter are removed. Unabbreviated options will always be converted to camel-case if they contain dashes. Underscores are left as-is. If you want to convert commands to camel-case, you can make use of the toCamelCase() utility function. For example:

const argumentative = require('argumentative');

const { stringUtilities } = argumentative,
      { toCamelCase } = stringUtilities,
      { argv } = process;

let { commands } = parseArg(argv);

commands = => toCamelCase(commeand));


Obviously you may only want to convert specific commands in this way rather than all of them, or not do so at all.


The command line arguments are given first, followed by the plain old JavaScript object that the parseArgv() function returns. Only the options and commands properties are given. These first two examples have no abbreviations.

A single command; and no options:

  'options': {},
  'commands': [

A single command; a shorthand, boolean option; and a full length, string-valued option:

build -c --file-path=./main.js
  'options': {
    'c': true,
    'filePath': './main.js'
  'commands': [

Note that the --file-path option becomes the camel-case filePath.

No commands; two shorthand options, boolean and string-valued, respectively; and a full length, string-valued option:

-cf=./index.js --file-path=./main.js
  'options': {
    'compile': true,
    'filePath': './main.js'
  'commands': []

This last example has the following abbreviations:

  'c': 'compile',
  'f': 'file-path'

Note that the abbreviated option name 'c' has been replaced by the corresponding unabbreviated name, whilst the abbreviated option 'f' has been removed altogether.

Compiling from source

Automation is done with npm scripts, have a look at the package.json file. The pertinent commands are:

npm run build-debug
npm run watch-debug


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