This is a helper class to assist with creating command line applications in C++ where you can easily gather settings for your application.
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This is a helper class for easily collecting and storing settings for your C++ command line application.

The CLICPP class accepts parameters in 3 different ways.

User Input

With this method, you can allow your application to ask the user for the parameters for your application within the terminal.

Cached User Input

This method allows you to cache previous inputs from the user so that when they run the application again, they do not have to re-enter previous settings.

Command Line Arguments

You can also pass arguments directly into this class so that you can run your application using the following syntax.

myapplication -first "Travis" -middle "Michael" -last "Tidwell"


The following is an example of how you can use this library in your C++ application.

#include <stdio.h>
#include <iostream.h>
#include <cstdlib>
#include "clicpp.h";

// Using the std namespace.
using namespace std;

int main(int argc, char** argv) {

  // Initialize the clicpp variable.
  CLICPP cli(argc, argv);

  // Ask for first and last name and cache them.
  string first = cli.get("first", "What is your first name?", true);
  string last = cli.get("last", "What is your last name?", true);

  // Ask for a password, don't cache, and don't show in the terminal.
  string pass = cli.get("pass", "What is your password?", false, true);

  // Ask for something and don't cache it.
  string param = cli.get("param", "Type something... anything...");

  cout << "Your first name: " << first.c_str() << endl;
  cout << "Your last name: " << last.c_str() << endl;
  cout << "You typed: " << param.c_str() << endl;
  return 0;