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Some simple CLI scaffolding for promise returning applications.



function main (opts, arg1, arg2, arg3) {
  if (!opts.silent) console.error('Starting up!')
  console.log('Got:', arg1, arg2, arg3)
  if (opts.exit) process.exit()
  if (opts.error) throw new Error('throw')
  if (opts.reject) return Promise.reject(new Error('reject'))
  if (opts.code50) return Promise.reject(50)
  return new Promise(resolve => setTimeout(resolve, 10000))
$ node example hello there world
Starting up!
Got: hello there world
$ node example hello there world
Starting up!
Got: hello there world
Abnormal exit: SIGINT
$ node example --silent hello there world
Got: hello there world
$ node example --silent hello there world --exit
Got: hello there world
Abnormal exit: Promises not resolved
$ node example --silent hello there world --error
Got: hello there world
Error: throw
    at main (/Users/rebecca/code/cli/example.js:11:25)
    at Immediate.setImmediate (/Users/rebecca/code/cli/app.js:38:32)
    at runCallback (timers.js:800:20)
    at tryOnImmediate (timers.js:762:5)
    at processImmediate [as _immediateCallback] (timers.js:733:5)
$ node example --silent hello there world --reject
Got: hello there world
Error: reject
    at main (/Users/rebecca/code/cli/example.js:12:42)
    at Immediate.setImmediate [as _onImmediate] (/Users/rebecca/code/cli/app.js:38:32)
    at runCallback (timers.js:800:20)
    at tryOnImmediate (timers.js:762:5)
    at processImmediate [as _immediateCallback] (timers.js:733:5)
$ node example --silent hello there world --code50
Got: hello there world
$ echo $?


  • yargs - The wrapper around the main function returns a yargs object, so you can configure it as usual. The argv object is passed in as the first argument of your entry point function. The rest of your positional arguments are passed in as the remaining function arguments.
  • exit without resolving warnings - If your program finishes without resolving its promises (like if it crashes hard or you process.exit, or you just don't resolve the promise ) then we warn about that.
  • update-notifier - A default update notifier is setup for your app so users will learn about new versions when you publish them. Your app needs to have a name, version and bin entry in its package.json. (The bin entry needs to have the script using @iarna/cli in it for the update notifier to trigger.)
  • If your entry point function rejects then that's reported with a stack trace (if the rejected value has .stack) else with the rejected value and your process will exit with an error code.


A full framework for writing cli apps. You'll likely outgrow the error handling pretty fast if this is anything beyond a little one off. This mostly exists to scratch my own itch. I kept on writing this code and I wanted to stop. =D


require('@iarna/cli')(entryPointFunction) → yargs

The module itself exports a function that you need to call with the name of your main function. Your main function is like main in C, it's the entry point for your program. It needs to return a promise that resolves when your program completes.

Your entry point function can be named anything, but it needs to return a promise and it takes arguments like this:

main(opts, arg1, arg2, …, argn) → Promise

The first opts argument is yargs.argv and the additional arguments are from argv._, so arg1 === argv._[0], arg2 === argv._[1] and so on.