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    Gluegun is a delightful toolkit for building Node-based command-line interfaces (CLIs) in TypeScript or modern JavaScript, with support for:

    🌯 parameters - command-line arguments and options
    🎛 template - generating files from templates
    🗄 patching - manipulating file contents
    💾 filesystem - moving files and directories around
    system - executing other command-line scripts
    🎅 http - interacting with API servers
    🛎 prompt - auto-complete prompts
    💃 print - printing pretty colors and tables
    👩‍✈️ semver - working with semantic versioning
    🎻 strings - manipulating strings & template data
    📦 packageManager - installing NPM packages with Yarn or NPM

    In addition, gluegun supports expanding your CLI's ecosystem with a robust set of easy-to-write plugins and extensions.

    Why use Gluegun?

    You might want to use Gluegun if:

    • You need to build a CLI app
    • You want to have powerful tools at your fingertips
    • And you don't want to give up flexibility at the same time

    If so ... welcome!

    Quick Start

    Just run the gluegun CLI like this:

    # spin up your new CLI
    npx gluegun new movies
    # choose TypeScript or Modern JavaScript
    # now jump into the source
    cd movies
    # and link your new executable
    yarn link
    # and run it!
    movies help

    You should see your new CLI help. Open the folder in your favorite editor and start building your CLI!


    Let's start with what a gluegun CLI looks like.

    // in movie/src/cli.[js|ts]...
    // ready
    const { build } = require('gluegun')
    // aim
    const movieCLI = build('movie')
      .plugins('node_modules', { matching: 'movie-*' })
    // fire!


    Commands are simple objects that provide a name, optional aliases, and a function to run.

    // in movie/src/commands/foo.js
    module.exports = {
      name: 'foo',
      alias: 'f',
      run: async function(toolbox) {
        // gluegun provides all these features and more!
        const { system, print, filesystem, strings } = toolbox
        // ...and be the CLI you wish to see in the world
        const awesome = strings.trim(await'whoami'))
        const moreAwesome = strings.kebabCase(`${awesome} and a keyboard`)
        const contents = `🚨 Warning! ${moreAwesome} coming thru! 🚨`
        const home = process.env['HOME']
        filesystem.write(`${home}/realtalk.json`, { contents })
   `${print.checkmark} Citius`)
        print.warning(`${print.checkmark} Altius`)
        print.success(`${print.checkmark} Fortius`)

    See the toolbox api docs for more details on what you can do.

    See the runtime docs for more details on building your own CLI and join us in the #gluegun channel of the Infinite Red Community Slack ( to get friendly help!

    Who Is Using This?

    What's under the hood?

    We've assembled an all-star cast of libraries to help you build your CLI.

    ⭐️ ejs for templating
    ⭐️ semver for version investigations
    ⭐️ fs-jetpack for the filesystem
    ⭐️ yargs-parser, enquirer, colors, ora and cli-table3 for the command line
    ⭐️ axios & apisauce for web & apis
    ⭐️ cosmiconfig for flexible configuration ⭐️ cross-spawn for running sub-commands ⭐️ execa for running more sub-commands ⭐️ node-which for finding executables ⭐️ pluralize for manipulating strings

    Node.js 8.0+ is required. If you need to support Node 7.6, use Gluegun 3.x.

    Community CLIs and Plugins

    Here are a few community CLIs based on Gluegun plus some plugins you can use. Is yours missing? Send a PR to add it!


    Gluegun is sponsored by Infinite Red, a premium custom mobile app and web design and development agency. We are a team of designers and developers distributed across the USA and based near Portland, Oregon. Our specialties are UI/UX design, React and React Native, Node, and more. Email if you'd like to talk about your project!




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