Core Inquirer prompt API

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The @inquirer/core package is the library enabling the creation of Inquirer prompts.
It aims to implements a lightweight API similar to React hooks - but without JSX.
npm install @inquirer/core

yarn add @inquirer/core
import chalk from 'chalk';
import {
} from '@inquirer/core';

const confirm = createPrompt<boolean, { message: string; default?: boolean }>(
  (config, done) => {
    const [status, setStatus] = useState('pending');
    const [value, setValue] = useState('');
    const prefix = usePrefix();

    useKeypress((key, rl) => {
      if (isEnterKey(key)) {
        const answer = value ? /^y(es)?/i.test(value) : config.default !== false;
        setValue(answer ? 'yes' : 'no');
      } else {

    let formattedValue = value;
    let defaultValue = '';
    if (status === 'done') {
      formattedValue = chalk.cyan(value);
    } else {
      defaultValue = chalk.dim(config.default === false ? ' (y/N)' : ' (Y/n)');

    const message = chalk.bold(config.message);
    return `${prefix} ${message}${defaultValue} ${formattedValue}`;

 *  Which then can be used like this:
const answer = await confirm({ message: 'Do you want to continue?' });

See more examples:


createPrompt(config, context)

The createPrompt function returns an asynchronous function that returns a promise that'll resolve to the valid answer a user submit. This prompt function takes the prompt configuration as its first argument (this is defined by each prompt), and the context options as a second argument.
The context options are:
| Property | Type | Required | Description | | ----------------- | ----------------------- | -------- | ------------------------------------------------------------ | | input | NodeJS.ReadableStream | no | The stdin stream (defaults to process.stdin) | | output | NodeJS.WritableStream | no | The stdout stream (defaults to process.stdout) | | clearPromptOnDone | boolean | no | If true, we'll clear the screen after the prompt is answered |


If using typescript, createPrompt takes 2 generic arguments (ex createPrompt<string, { message: string }>())
The first one is the type of the resolved value; function createPrompt<Value>(): Promise<Value> {}
The second one is the type of the prompt config; in other words the interface the created prompt will provide to users.


Hooks can only be called within the prompt function and are used to handle state and events.
Those hooks are matching the React hooks API:
  • useState
  • useRef
  • useEffect

And those are custom utilities from Inquirer:
  • useKeypress
  • usePrefix

Key utilities

Listening for keypress events inside an inquirer prompt is a very common pattern. To ease this, we export a few utility functions taking in the keypress event object and return a boolean:
  • isEnterKey()
  • isBackspaceKey()
  • isSpaceKey()
  • isUpKey() - Note: this utility will handle vim and emacs keybindings (up, k, and ctrl+p)
  • isDownKey() - Note: this utility will handle vim and emacs keybindings (down, j, and ctrl+n)
  • isNumberKey() one of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0


When looping through a long list of options (like in the select prompt), paginating the results appearing on the screen at once can be necessary. The Paginator utility is there to help this use case.
export default createPrompt((config, done) => {
  const paginator = useRef(new Paginator()).current;

  const windowedChoices = paginator.paginate(allChoices, cursorPosition, config.pageSize);

  return '...';
Copyright (c) 2022 Simon Boudrias (twitter: @vaxilart) Licensed under the MIT license.