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To run this generator from the command line you must install both generate and generate-license:

# install generate and generate-license 
$ npm install --global generate generate-license
# install only generate-license 
$ npm install --global generate-license

Generate a license

Use generate's CLI to write a license file to the current working directory:

# prompts you to choose a license to generate 
$ gen license

The file is automatically named according to preferences defined at GitHub's repository (usually it's LICENSE, but not always. See the license files in that repository for more details).

Specify the license to generate

If you don't want to be prompted, you can specify the license up front:

$ gen license:<license name>
# example 
$ gen license:mit

Specify output directory

# write a license file to "some-folder/LICENSE" 
$ gen license -d some-folder


Visit generate's documenatation to learn how to use this generator as a plugin or sub-generator.

Getting started


Installing the CLI

To run the readme generator from the command line, you'll need to install Generate globally first. You can do that now with the following command:

$ npm install --global generate

This adds the gen command to your system path, allowing it to be run from any directory.

Install generate-license

Install this module with the following command:

$ npm install --global generate-license


Run this generator's default task with the following command:

$ gen readme

What you should see in the terminal

If completed successfully, you should see both starting and finished events in the terminal, like the following:

[00:44:21] starting ...
[00:44:22] finished ✔

If you do not see one or both of those events, please let us know about it.


To see a general help menu and available commands for Generate's CLI, run:

$ gen help

Available tasks

All available tasks for this generator.


The default task prompts you to choose the LICENSE to generate. All licenses from github/ are available.


$ gen license
$ gen license --dest ./docs
# or 
$ gen license:choose
$ gen license:choose --dest ./docs

Visit Generate's documentation for tasks.

Next steps

Running unit tests

It's never too early to begin running unit tests. When you're ready to get started, the following command will ensure the project's dependencies are installed then run all of the unit tests:

$ npm install && test

Publishing your generator

If you're tests are passing and you're ready to publish your generator to npm, you can do that now with the following command:

Are you sure you're ready?!

Let's go!

$ npm publish


What is "Generate"?

Generate is a command line tool and developer framework for scaffolding out new GitHub projects using generators and tasks.

Answers to prompts and the user's environment can be used to determine the templates, directories, files and contents to build. Support for gulp, base and assemble plugins, and much more.

For more information:

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Bigger community means more plugins, better support and more progress. Help us make Generate better by spreading the word:

  • Show your love by starring the project
  • Tweet about Generate. Mention using @generatejs, or use the #generatejs hashtag
  • Get implementation help on StackOverflow with the generatejs tag
  • Discuss Generate with us on Gitter
  • If you publish a generator, to make your project as discoverable as possible, please add the unique keyword generategenerator to your project's package.json.


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Pull requests and stars are always welcome. For bugs and feature requests, please create an issue.

Running tests

Running and reviewing unit tests is a great way to get familiarized with a library and its API. You can install dependencies and run tests with the following command:

$ npm install && npm test


Jon Schlinkert


Copyright © 2017, Jon Schlinkert. Released under the MIT License.

This file was generated by verb-generate-readme, v0.6.0, on October 17, 2017.

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