Easily compose CLI applications from nested commands and categories

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Structure your CLI application as a series of nested Categories and Commands.

Key Features

  • Built off of the proven command-line argument parser argparse.
  • Lets you structure your CLI tool as a set of arbitrarily nested Categories and Commands.
  • Lets you easily re-use logic between different commands.
  • Makes it easy to alias one command to another.
  • Will provide intuitive help without the headache of setting it up.

Installing it

npm install structured-cli

Using it

var Cli = require('structured-cli');
var Widgets = require('./widget-service'); // Imaginary api

// The 'root' of our app is an anonymous category
var app = Cli.createApp();

app.addChild(Cli.command('init', {
    description: 'Initialize the tool',
    handler: function (args) {
        // Initialize the tool

// You can nest categories as deep as you would like
var widgets = Cli.category('widgets', {
    description: 'Manage your inventory of widgets.'

var listCommand = Cli.command('ls', {
    description: 'List your widgets',
    options: {
        color: {
            alias: 'c'
            description: 'Only list widgets of the given color.',
            type: 'string',
    handler: function (args) {
        Widgets.list(args, function (err, widgets) {
            if (err) throw err; // Thrown errors will print the error
                                // and print the help.
            // Pretty-print your list of widgets however you'd like

// The ls command is now available at ``

// Alias `widgets ls` to the top-level command `widgets ls`

// Add the `widgets` category to the CLI




This library will be used in wt-cli.


Just clone the repo, run npm install and then hack away.

Issue reporting

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