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A wrapper about Getopt::Long with a similar interface to Python's argparse
Perl Perl6

NAME Getopt::ArgParse - Parsing command line arguments with a richer and more user-friendly API interface, similar to python's argpare but with perlish extras.

In particular, the modules provides the following features:

  - generating usage messages
  - storing parsed arg values in an object, which can be also used to
    load configuration values from files and therefore the ability for
    applications to combine configurations in a single interface
  - A more user-friendly interface to specify arguments, such as
    argument types, argument values split, etc.
  - Subcommand parsing, such svn <command>
  - Supporting both flag based named arguments and positional arguments

VERSION version 1.0.3

SYNOPSIS use Getopt::ArgParse;

 $ap = Getopt::ArgParse->new_parser(
        prog        => 'MyProgramName',
        description => 'This is a program',
        epilog      => 'This appears at the bottom of usage',

 # Parse an option: '--foo value' or '-f value'
 $ap->add_arg('--foo', '-f', required => 1);

 # Parse a boolean: '--bool' or '-b' using a different name from
 # the option
 $ap->add_arg('--bool', '-b', type => 'Bool', dest => 'boo');

 # Parse a positonal option.
 # But in this case, better using subcommand. See below
 $ap->add_arg('command', required => 1);

 # $ns is also accessible via $ap->namespace
 $ns = $ap->parse_args(split(' ', 'test -f 1 -b'));

 say $ns->command; # 'test'
 say $ns->foo;     # false
 say $ns->boo;     # false
 say $ns->no_boo;   # true - 'no_' is added for boolean options

 # You can continue to add arguments and parse them again
 # $ap->namespace is accumulatively populated

 # Parse an Array type option and split the value into an array of values
 $ap->add_arg('--emails', type => 'Array', split => ',');
 $ns = $ap->parse_args(split(' ', '--emails,,'));
 # Because this is an array option, this also allows you to specify the
 # option multiple times and splitting
 $ns = $ap->parse_args(split(' ', '--emails, --emails'));

 # Below will print:|||||
 # Because Array types are appended
 say join('|', $ns->emails);

 # Parse an option as key,value pairs
 $ap->add_arg('--param', type => 'Pair', split => ',');
 $ns = $ap->parse_args(split(' ', '--param a=1,b=2,c=3'));

 say $ns->param->{a}; # 1
 say $ns->param->{b}; # 2
 say $ns->param->{c}; # 3

 # You can use choice to restrict values
 $ap->add_arg('--env', choices => [ 'dev', 'prod' ],);

 # or use case-insensitive choices
 # Override the previous option with reset
 $ap->add_arg('--env', choices_i => [ 'dev', 'prod' ], reset => 1);

 # or use a coderef
 # Override the previous option
        choices => sub {
                die "--env invalid values" if $_[0] !~ /^(dev|prod)$/i;
    reset => 1,

 # subcommands
 $ap->add_subparsers(title => 'subcommands'); # Must be called to initialize subcommand parsing
 $list_parser = $ap->add_parser(
         help => 'List directory entries',
         description => 'A multiple paragraphs long description.',

     '--verbose', '-v',
      type => 'Count',
      help => 'Verbosity',
      help => 'depth',

 $ns = $ap->parse_args(split(' ', 'list -v'));

 say $ns->current_command(); # current_command stores list,
                             # Don't use this name for your own option

 $ns =$ap->parse_args(split(' ', 'help list')); # This will print the usage for the list command
 # help subcommand is automatically added for you
 say $ns->help_command(); # list

 # Copy parsing
 $common_args = Getopt::ArgParse->new_parser();
      type => 'Bool',
      help => 'Dry run',

 $sp = $ap->add_parser(
   aliases => [qw(rm)],           # prog remove or prog rm
   parents => [ $command_args ],  # prog rm --dry-run

 # Or copy explicitly
 $sp = $ap->add_parser(
   aliases => [qw(cp)],           # prog remove or prog rm

 $sp->copy_args($command_parser); # You can also copy_parsers() but in this case
                                  # $common_parser doesn't have subparsers

DESCRIPTIOIN Getopt::ArgParse, Getopt::ArgParse::Parser and related classes together aim to provide user-friendly interfaces for writing command-line interfaces. A user should be able to use it without looking up the document most of the time. It allows applications to define argument specifications and it will parse them out of @AGRV by default or a command line if provided. It implements both named arguments, using Getopt::Long for parsing, and positional arguments. The class also generates help and usage messages.

The parser has a namespace property, which is an object of
ArgParser::Namespace. The parsed argument values are stored in this
namespace property. Moreover, the values are stored accumulatively when
parse_args() is called multiple times.

Though inspired by Python's argparse and names and ideas are borrowed
from it, there is a lot of difference from the Python one.

Getopt::ArgParser::Parser This is the underlying parser that does the heavylifting.

Getopt::ArgParse::Parser is a Moo class.

Constructor my $parser = Getopt::ArgParse->new_parser( help => 'short description', description => 'long description', );

The former calls Getopt::ArgParser::Parser->new to create a parser
object. The parser constructor accepts the following parameters.

All parsers are created with a predefined Bool option --help|-h. The
program can choose to reset it, though.

*       prog

        The program's name. Default $0.

*       help

        A short description of the program.

*       description

        A long description of the program.

*       namespace

        An object of Getopt::ArgParse::Namespace. An empty namespace is
        created if not provided. The parsed values are stored in it, and
        they can be refered to by their argument names as the
        namespace's properties, e.g. $parser->namespace->boo. See also

*       parser_configs

        The Getopt::Long configurations. See also Getopt::Long

*       parents

        Parent parsents, whose argument and subparser specifications the
        new parser will copy. See copy() below

*       error_prefix

        Customize the message prefixed to error messages thrown by
        Getop::ArgParse, default to 'Getopt::ArgParse: '

*       print_usage_if_help

        Set this to false to not display usage messages even if --help
        is on or the subcommand help is called. The default behavior is
        to display usage messages if help is set.

add_arg, add_argument, add_args, and add_arguments $parser->add_args( [ '--foo', required => 1, type => 'Array', split => ',' ], [ 'boo', required => 1, nargs => '+' ], );

The object method, arg_arg or the longer version add_argument, defines
the specfication of an argument. It accepts the following parameters.

add_args or add_arguments() is to add multiple multiple arguments.

*       name or flags

        Either a name or a list of option strings, e.g. foo or -f,

        If dest is not specified, the name or the first option without
        leading dashes will be used as the name for retrieving values.
        If a name is given, this argument is a positional argument.
        Otherwise, it's an named argument.

        Hyphens can be used in names and flags, but they will be
        replaced with underscores '_' when used as option names. For

            $parser->add_argument( [ '--dry-run', type => 'Bool' ]);
            # command line: prog --dry-run
            $parser->namespace->dry_run; # The option's name is dry_run

        A name or option strings are following by named paramters.

*       dest

        The name of the attribute to be added to the namespace populated
        by parse_args().

*       type => $type

        Specify the type of the argument. It can be one of the following

        *       Scalar

                The option takes a scalar value.

        *       Array

                The option takes a list of values. The option can appear
                multiple times in the command line. Each value is
                appended to the list. It's stored in an arrayref in the

        *       Pair

                The option takes a list of key-value pairs separated by
                the equal sign '='. It's stored in a hashref in the

        *       Bool

                The option does not take an argument. It's set to true
                if the option is present or false otherwise. A 'no_bool'
                option is also available, which is the negation of

                For example:

                    $parser->add_argument('--dry-run', type => 'Bool');

                    $ns = $parser->parse_args(split(' ', '--dry-run'));

                    print $ns->dry_run; # true
                    print $ns->no_dry_run; # false

        *       Count

                The option does not take an argument and its value will
                be incremented by 1 every time it appears on the command

*       split

        split should work with types 'Array' and 'Pair' only.

        split specifies a string by which to split the argument string
        e.g. if split => ',', a,b,c will be split into [ 'a', 'b', 'c'
        ].When split works with type 'Pair', the parser will split the
        argument string and then parse each of them as pairs.

*       choices or choices_i

        choices specifies a list of the allowable values for the
        argument or a subroutine that validates input values.

        choices_i specifies a list of the allowable values for the
        argument, but case insenstive, and it doesn't allow to use a
        subroutine for validation.

        Either choices or chioces_i can be present or completely
        omitted, but not both at the same time.

*       default

        The value produced if the argument is absent from the command

        Only one value is allowed for scalar argument types: Scalar,
        Count, and Bool.

*       required

        Whether or not the command-line option may be omitted (optionals
        only). This has no effect on types 'Bool' and 'Count'. An
        optional option is marked by the question mark ? in the
        generated usage, e.g. --help, -h ? show this help message and

        This parameter is ignored for Bool and Count types for they will
        already have default values.

*       help

        A brief description of what the argument does.

*       metavar

        A name for the argument in usage messages.

*       reset

        Set reset to override the existing definition of an option. This
        will clear the value in the namspace as well.

*       nargs - Positional option only

        This only instructs how many arguments the parser consumes. The
        program still needs to specify the right type to achieve the
        desired result.

        *       n

                1 if not specified

        *       ?

                1 or 0

        *       +

                1 or more

        *       *

                0 or many. This will consume the rest of arguments.

parse_args $namespace = $parser->parse_args(@command_line);

This object method accepts a list of arguments or @ARGV if unspecified,
parses them for values, and stores the values in the namespace object.

A few things may be worth noting about parse_args().

First, parsing for named Arguments is done by Getopt::Long

Second, parsing for positional arguments takes place after that for
named arguments. It will consume what's still left in the command

Finally, the Namespace object is accumulatively poplulated. If
parse_args() is called multiple times to parse a number of command
lines, the same namespace object is accumulatively populated. For Scalar
and Bool options, this means the previous value will be overwrittend.
For Pair and Array options, values will be appended. And for a Count
option, it will add on top of the previous value.

In face, the program can choose to pass a already populated namespace
when creating a parser object. This is to allow the program to pre-load
values to a namespace from conf files before parsing the command line.

And finally, it does NOT display usage messages if the argument list is
empty. This may be contrary to many other implementations of argument

argv @argv = $parser->argv; # called after parse_args

Call this after parse_args() is invoked to get the unconsumed arguments.
It's up to the application to decide what to do if there is a surplus of

The Namespace Object The parsed values are stored in a namespace object. Any class with the following three methods:

  * A constructor new()
  * set_attr(name => value)
  * get_attr(name)

can be used as the Namespace class.

The default one is Getopt::ArgParse::Namespace. It uses autoload to
provide a readonly accessor method using dest names to access parsed
values. However, this is not required for user-defined namespace. So
within the implementation, $namespace->get_attr($dest) should always be

Subcommand Support Note only ne level of subcommand parsing is supported. Subcommands cannot have subcommands.

Call add_subparsers() first to initialize the current parser for
subcommand support. A help subcommand is created as part of the
initialization. The help subcommand has the following options:

    required positional arguments:
         COMMAND      ? Show the usage for this command
    optional named arguments:
        --help, -h     ? show this help message and exit
        --all, -a      ? Show the full usage

Call add_parser() to add a subparser for each subcommand. Use the parser
object returned by add_parser() to add the options to the subcommand.

Once subcommand support is on, if the first argument is not a flag, i.e.
starting with a dash '-', the parser's parse_args() will treat it as a
subcommand. Otherwise, the parser parses for the defined arguments.

The namespace's current_command() will contain the subcommand after
parsing successfully.

Unlike arguments, subparsers cannot be reset.

add_subparsers $parser->add_subparsers( title => 'Subcommands', description => 'description about providing subcommands', );

add_subparsers must be called to initialize subcommand support.

*       title

        A title message to mark the beginning of subcommand usage in the
        usage message

*       description

        A general description appearing about the title

add_parser $subparser = $parser->add_parser( 'list', aliases => [qw(ls)], help => 'short description', description => 'a long one', parents => [ $common_args ], # inherit common args from # $common_args );

*       $command

        The first argument is the name of the new command.

*       help

        A short description of the subcommand.

*       description

        A long description of the subcommand.

*       aliases

        An array reference containing a list of command aliases.

*       parents

        An array reference containing a list of parsers whose
        specification will be copied by the new parser.

get_parser $subparser = $parser->get_parser('ls');

Return the parser for parsing the $alias command if exsist.

Copying Parsers A parser can copy argument specification or subcommand specifciation for existing parsers. A use case for this is that the program wants all subcommands to have a command set of arguments.

copy_args $parser->copy_args($common_args_parser);

Copy argument specification from the $parent parser

copy_parsers $parser->copy_parsers($common_args_parser);

Copy parser specification for subcommands from the $parent parser

copy $parser->copy($common_args_parser);

Copy both arguments and subparsers.

Usage Messages and Related Methods format_usage $usage = $parser->format_usage;

Return the formated usage message for the whole program in an array

print_usage $parser->print_usage;

Print the usage mesage returned by format_usage().

format_command_usage $usage = $parser->format_command_usage($subcommand);

Return the formated usage message for the command in an array reference.

print_command_usage $parser->print_command_usage($subcommand);

Print the usage message returned by format_command_usage(). If $command
is not given, it will first try to use $self->namespace->help_command,
which will be present for the help subcommand, and then

SEE ALSO Getopt::Long Python's argparse

AUTHOR Mytram (original author)

COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE This software is Copyright (c) 2014 by Mytram.

This is free software, licensed under:

  The Artistic License 2.0 (GPL Compatible)
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