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    Quickly scan for CLI flags and arguments

    This is a fast and lightweight alternative to minimist and yargs-parser.

    It only exists because I find that I usually don't need most of what minimist and yargs-parser have to offer. However, mri is similar enough that it might function as a "drop-in replacement" for you, too!

    See Comparisons for more info.

    Install

    $ npm install --save mri

    Usage

    $ demo-cli --foo --bar=baz -mtv -- hello world
    const mri = require('mri');
    
    const argv = process.argv.slice(2);
    
    mri(argv);
    //=> { _: ['hello', 'world'], foo:true, bar:'baz', m:true, t:true, v:true }
    
    mri(argv, { boolean:['bar'] });
    //=> { _: ['baz', 'hello', 'world'], foo:true, bar:true, m:true, t:true, v:true }
    
    mri(argv, {
      alias: {
        b: 'bar',
        foo: ['f', 'fuz']
      }
    });
    //=> { _: ['hello', 'world'], foo:true, f:true, fuz:true, b:'baz', bar:'baz', m:true, t:true, v:true }

    API

    mri(args, options)

    Return: Object

    args

    Type: Array
    Default: []

    An array of arguments to parse. For CLI usage, send process.argv.slice(2). See process.argv for info.

    options.alias

    Type: Object
    Default: {}

    An object of keys whose values are Strings or Array<String> of aliases. These will be added to the parsed output with matching values.

    options.boolean

    Type: Array|String
    Default: []

    A single key (or array of keys) that should be parsed as Booleans.

    options.default

    Type: Object
    Default: {}

    An key:value object of defaults. If a default is provided for a key, its type (typeof) will be used to cast parsed arguments.

    mri(['--foo', 'bar']);
    //=> { _:[], foo:'bar' }
    
    mri(['--foo', 'bar'], {
      default: { foo:true, baz:'hello', bat:42 }
    });
    //=> { _:['bar'], foo:true, baz:'hello', bat:42 }

    Note: Because --foo has a default of true, its output is cast to a Boolean. This means that foo=true, making 'bar' an extra argument (_ key).

    options.string

    Type: Array|String
    Default: []

    A single key (or array of keys) that should be parsed as Strings.

    options.unknown

    Type: Function
    Default: undefined

    Callback that is run when a parsed flag has not been defined as a known key or alias. Its only parameter is the unknown flag itself; eg --foobar or -f.

    Once an unknown flag is encountered, parsing will terminate, regardless of your return value.

    Note: mri only checks for unknown flags if options.unknown and options.alias are populated. Otherwise, everything will be accepted.

    Comparisons

    minimist

    • mri is 5x faster (see benchmarks)
    • Numerical values are cast as Numbers when possible
      • A key (and its aliases) will always honor opts.boolean or opts.string
    • Short flag groups are treated as Booleans by default:
      minimist(['-abc', 'hello']);
      //=> { _:[], a:'', b:'', c:'hello' }
      
      mri(['-abc', 'hello']);
      //=> { _:[], a:true, b:true, c:'hello' }
    • The opts.unknown behaves differently:
      • Unlike minimist, mri will not continue continue parsing after encountering an unknown flag
    • Missing options:
      • opts.stopEarly
      • opts['--']
    • Ignores newlines (\n) within args (see test)
    • Ignores slashBreaks within args (see test)
    • Ignores dot-nested flags (see test)

    yargs-parser

    • mri is 40x faster (see benchmarks)
    • Numerical values are cast as Numbers when possible
      • A key (and its aliases) will always honor opts.boolean or opts.string
    • Missing options:
      • opts.array
      • opts.config
      • opts.coerce
      • opts.count
      • opts.envPrefix
      • opts.narg
      • opts.normalize
      • opts.configuration
      • opts.number
      • opts['--']
    • Missing parser.detailed() method
    • No additional configuration object
    • Added options.unknown feature

    Benchmarks

    Running Node.js v10.13.0

    Load Times:
      nopt          3.179ms
      yargs-parser  2.137ms
      minimist      0.746ms
      mri           0.517ms
    
    Benchmark:
      minimist      x    328,747 ops/sec ±1.09% (89 runs sampled)
      mri           x  1,622,801 ops/sec ±0.94% (92 runs sampled)
      nopt          x    888,223 ops/sec ±0.22% (92 runs sampled)
      yargs-parser  x     30,538 ops/sec ±0.81% (91 runs sampled)
    

    License

    MIT © Luke Edwards

    Install

    npm i mri

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