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An opinionated wrapper around yargs to make nested command-line structures a breeze.

Key Features

  • Built off of the proven command-line argument parser yargs.
  • Lets you structure your CLI tool as a set of 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.Key Features

Installing it

npm install nested-yargs

Using it

var Cli = require('nested-yargs');
var Widgets = require('./widget-service'); // Imaginary api
// The 'root' of our app is an anonymous category
var app = Cli.createApp();
// You add categories and commands using the `.command()` method.
app.command(Cli.createCommand('init', 'Initialize the this tool.', {
    handler: function (argv) {
        // Initialize the tool
// You can nest categories as deep as you would like
var widgets = Cli.createCategory('widgets', 'Manage your inventory of widgets.');
widgets.command(Cli.createCommand('ls', 'List your widgets.', {
    // Options follow the yarg option format
    options: {
        color: {
            alias: 'c'
            description: 'Only list widgets of the given color.',
            type: 'string',
    handler: function (argv) {
        Widgets.list(argv, function (err, widgets) {
            if (err) throw err; // Thrown errors will print the error in red
                                // 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`



Creates a new nested-yargs application (actually a Category with its name set to '$0'.

Cli.createCategory(name, description)

Create and return new Category object with the given name and description.

Category objects


  • .name
  • .description
  • .path - If the category is attached, this will be an array of ancestor command names
  • .parent - If the category is attached, this is a reference to its parent category


  • .command(<Category|Command>) - Register a child Category or Command

Cli.createCommand(name, description, options)

Create and return new Command object with the given name, description and options.

Here, options supports the following properties:

  • params: - A string describing the required and optional parameters (not options) Example: "<name> [field]". Here name is required but field is optional. These values will be available to handlers as argv.params[paramName].
  • setup: - A function that will be invoked with the yargs instance if this command is triggered once has been called.
  • options: - A hash of options in the yargs format as per yargs docs.
  • handler: - A function that will be invoked with the parsed argv object.

Command objects


  • .name
  • .description
  • .path - If the category is attached, this will be an array of ancestor command names
  • .parent - If the category is attached, this is a reference to its parent category
  • .options - The options passed in to the Command constructor<Category|Command>, [yargs])

Once you have set up your cli application's structure, it is time to run it.


This library is used in wt-cli.


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

Issue reporting

If you have found a bug or if you have a feature request, please report them at this repository issues section. Please do not report security vulnerabilities on the public GitHub issue tracker. The Responsible Disclosure Program details the procedure for disclosing security issues.



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