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    Simple Scaffold allows you to create your structured files based on templates.

    Simply organize your commonly-created files in their original structure, and replace any variable values (such as component or app name) inside the paths or contents of the files with tokens to be populated upon scaffolding.

    Then, run Simple Scaffold and it will generate your files for you in the desired structure, with file names and contents that contain your dynamic information.

    It's a simple way to easily create reusable components, common class files to start writing from, or even entire app structures.


    You can either use it as a command line tool or import into your own code and run from there.

    # npm
    npm install [-g] simple-scaffold
    # yarn
    yarn [global] add simple-scaffold
    # run without installing
    npx simple-scaffold <...args>

    Use as a command line tool

    Command Line Options

    Usage: simple-scaffold [options]
    Create structured files based on templates.
      --help|-h                 Display help information
      --name|-n                 Name to be passed to the generated files. {{name}} and
                                {{Name}} inside contents and file names will be replaced
      --output|-o               Path to output to. If --create-sub-folder is enabled, the
                                subfolder will be created inside this path.
      --templates|-t            Template files to use as input. You may provide multiple
                                files, each of which can be a relative or absolute path, or a glob
                                pattern for multiple file matching easily. (default: current dir)
      --overwrite|-w            Enable to override output files, even if they already exist.
                                (default: false)
      --data|-d                 Add custom data to the templates. By default, only your app
                                name is included.
      --create-sub-folder|-s    Create subfolder with the input name (default:
      --quiet|-q                Suppress output logs (Same as --verbose 0)
                                (default: false)
      --verbose|-v              Determine amount of logs to display. The values are: 0
                                (none) | 1 (debug) | 2 (info) | 3 (warn) | 4 (error). The
                                provided level will display messages of the same level or higher.
                                (default: 2)
      --dry-run|-dr             Don't emit files. This is good for testing your scaffolds and
                                making sure they don't fail, without having to write actual file
                                contents or create directories. (default:

    You can also add this as a script in your package.json:

      "scripts": {
        "scaffold": "yarn simple-scaffold --templates scaffolds/component/**/* --output src/components --data '{\"myProp\": \"propName\", \"myVal\": \"123\"}'"

    Use in Node.js

    You can also build the scaffold yourself, if you want to create more complex arguments or scaffold groups. Simply pass a config object to the Scaffold function when you are ready to start. The config takes similar arguments to the command line:

    import Scaffold from "simple-scaffold"
    const config = {
      name: "component",
      templates: [path.join(__dirname, "scaffolds", "component")],
      output: path.join(__dirname, "src", "components"),
      createSubFolder: true,
      locals: {
        property: "value",
      helpers: {
        twice: (text) => [text, text].join(" ")
    const scaffold = Scaffold(config)

    Additional Node.js options

    In addition to all the options available in the command line, there are some JS-specific options available:

    1. When output is used in Node directly, it may also be passed a function for each input file to output into a dynamic path:

      config.output = (fullPath, baseDir, baseName) => {
        console.log({ fullPath, baseDir, baseName })
        return path.resolve(baseDir, baseName)
    2. You may add custom helpers to your scaffolds. Helpers are simple (string) => string functions that transform your data variables into other values. See Helpers for the list of default helpers, or add your own to be loaded into the template parser.

    Preparing files

    Template files

    Put your template files anywhere, and fill them with tokens for replacement.

    Variable/token replacement

    Scaffolding will replace {{ varName }} in both the file name and its contents and put the transformed files in the output directory.

    The data available for the template parser is the data you pass to the data config option (or --data argument in CLI).

    Your data will be pre-populated with the following:

    • {{Name}}: PascalCase of the component name
    • {{name}}: raw name of the component

    Simple-Scaffold uses Handlebars.js for outputting the file contents, see their documentation for more information on syntax. Any data you add in the config will be available for use with their names wrapped in {{ and }}.


    Simple-Scaffold provides some built-in text transformation filters usable by handleBars.

    For example, you may use {{ snakeCase name }} inside a template file or filename, and it will replace My Name with my_name when producing the final value.

    Here are the built-in helpers available for use:

    Helper name Example code Example output
    camelCase {{ camelCase name }} myName
    snakeCase {{ snakeCase name }} my_name
    startCase {{ startCase name }} My Name
    kebabCase {{ kebabCase name }} my-name
    hyphenCase {{ hyphenCase name }} my-name
    pascalCase {{ pascalCase name }} MyName
    upperCase {{ upperCase name }} MYNAME
    lowerCase {{ lowerCase name }} myname

    These helpers are available for any data property, not exclusive to name.

    You may also add your own custom helpers using the helpers options when using the JS API (rather than the CLI). The helpers option takes an object whose keys are helper names, and values are the transformation functions. For example, upperCase is implemented like so:

    config.helpers = {
      upperCase: (text) => text.toUpperCase(),


    Command Example

    simple-scaffold MyComponent \
        -t project/scaffold/**/* \
        -o src/components \
        -d '{"className": "myClassName"}'

    Example Scaffold Input

    Input Directory structure

    - project
      - scaffold
        - {{Name}}.js
      - src
        - components
        - ...

    Contents of project/scaffold/{{Name}}.jsx

    const React = require('react')
    module.exports = function {{Name}}(props) {
      return (
        <div className="{{className}}">{{Name}} Component</div>

    Example Scaffold Output

    Output directory structure

    - project
      - src
        - components
          - MyComponent
            - MyComponent.js
        - ...

    With createSubFolder = false:

    - project
      - src
        - components
          - MyComponent.js
        - ...

    Contents of project/scaffold/MyComponent/MyComponent.jsx

    const React = require("react")
    module.exports = function MyComponent(props) {
      return (
        <div className="myClassName">MyComponent Component</div>


    I welcome any issues or pull requests on GitHub. If you find a bug, or would like a new feature, don't hesitate to open an appropriate issue and I will do my best to reply promptly.

    If you are a developer and want to contribute code, here are some starting tips:

    1. Fork this repository
    2. Run yarn install
    3. Run yarn dev to start file watch mode
    4. Make any changes you would like
    5. Create tests for your changes
    6. Update the relevant documentation (readme, code comments, type comments)
    7. Create a PR on upstream

    Some tips on getting around the code:

    • Use yarn dev for development - it runs TypeScript compile in watch mode, allowing you to make changes and immediately be able to try them using yarn cmd.

    • Use yarn build to build the output

    • Use yarn test to run tests

    • Use yarn cmd to use the CLI feature of Simple Scaffold from within the root directory, enabling you to test different behaviors. See yarn cmd -h for more information.

      This requires an updated build, and does not trigger one itself. Either use yarn dev or yarn build before running this, or use yarn build-cmd instead, which triggers a build right before running the command with the rest of the given arguments.

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