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Use the style and utilities of the Symfony Console in Node.js.

Example of Symfony Style console output

Important Note

Since Symfony is, for good reason, a registered trademark, please take note that I'm in no way associated with the Symfony brand or the SensioLabs organization. Therefore I don't represent or speak for any of them.


While developing a PHP project using the Symfony framework, I found myself in the need of writing some Composer post-install-cmd scripts in Node.js.

Sadly, they did not visually align to the output from PHP which was using the Symfony\Component\Console\Style\SymfonyStyle class. So I decided to port that class and its environment to TypeScript to be able to use that style in Node.js.

Since style is always more or less closely coupled to different features, this package actually contains some nice utility the Symfony folks built into their console.


First, of course, you need to install this package:

# With Yarn 
yarn add symfony-style-console
# With npm 
npm install --save symfony-style-console

Then, pull the SymfonyStyle class from the package and instantiate it:

const { SymfonyStyle } = require('symfony-style-console')
// Or the more verbose way, in case you use Node.js v4:
const SymfonyStyle = require('symfony-style-console').SymfonyStyle
const io = new SymfonyStyle()


Since ES modules are coming to more and more engines, this package offers an alternative build using ES2015 modules.

You can use it like this (note that you'll currently still need a Babel-like build chain to resolve those modules):

import { SymfonyStyle } from 'symfony-style-console/modern'
const io = new SymfonyStyle()


The io instance now offers several different methods. If you know the Symfony console—Since this package aims to get as close to 100% API compatibility with the original PHP class as it can get—you may already be familiar with them.

Protip: Because this package is written in TypeScript, you can get type hints for the io instance if you use an editor with support für *.d.ts declaration files.

Back to topic, the available methods on the io instance are:

// Put out a stylish title
io.title('Symfony Style')
// Similar to `title`, but less showy
io.section('Subsection title')
// The plain old `writeln` method. Does what you'd expect it to do.
  'Just write some text.',
  'You might, just like in this example, provide an array of\n\
strings to put multiple things.',
  'But you don\'t have to. A simple string will suffice.',
  'Same goes for the write(), text(), block(), comment(),\n\
success(), caution(), warning() and error() methods.'
// Equivalent to `writeln`, but doesn't put a line break after
  'Write multiple things without ',
  'a line break between or after them.'
// Put 2 blank lines on the screen.
// The argument is optional and defaults to 1
// `text` blocks get indented by one character.
io.text('This gets indented by one character.')
// `comment` blocks are also indented and preceded
// by a double slash "//"
io.comment('In case you need additional information.')
// `block` serves to group content, with a certain styling.
  'This gets indented as well.',
  'Use this to indent a bunch of text next to a keyword.'
], 'INFO', 'fg=black;bg=blue', ' i ', true)
// `success`, `warning`, `caution` and `error` are really
// just predefined `block` statements.
// Doesn't make them less useful though.
io.success('You\'ve done this correctly.')
io.warning('Be aware of this problem.')
io.caution('I really need some attention!')
io.error('This somehow went wrong.')
// Questions
// Please do gently ignore the fact that I haven't added
// an `async` wrapper function to the following methods.
// I just wanted to omit the visual noise. Also note that
// async/await is only available in Node.js 7.6 and above.
// Ask for strings
const name = await io.ask('Give me a name!', 'John Smith')
// Ask for strings without showing them
const passwd = await io.askHidden('Give me a password!')
// Ask for picking from a collection
const language = await io.choice('Pick a language!', {
  php: 'PHP',
  js: 'JavaScript',
  other: 'Other'
// Ask for confirmation
const submit = await io.confirm('Submit?')
// Last but not least: Progress bars!
// Create one!
// Advance it!
// Set it!
// Finish it!

A screenshot of the result is below. Look at this beautiful terminal.

Comprehensive example output



You can set the verbosity of the io instance to only print what you need:

const {
= require('symfony-style-console')
// Default verbosity is VERBOSITY_NORMAL...
const io = new SymfonyStyle()
// this won't be printed:
io.writeln('This is a more verbose message', VERBOSITY_VERBOSE)
// Set the verbosity real high
// Now the same message will suddenly appear:
io.writeln('This is a more verbose message', VERBOSITY_VERBOSE)

The available verbosity options are (in this order, from least to most verbose):

  • VERBOSITY_QUIET (no output at all)
  • VERBOSITY_NORMAL (default)
Using verbosity programmatically

Note that the verbosity options are only available on the write() and writeln() methods.

However, those VERBOSITY_* constants are just numbers and you can compare them as you need:

// Verbosity setting is at least VERBOSITY_VERBOSE
if (io.getVerbosity() > VERBOSITY_NORMAL) {
  io.success('You have a verbose console!')

Or to make that even more comfortable, use the builtin methods:

// Checks if output is completely turned off
// The following do always read as "is AT LEAST ****"
Setting verbosity via command line flags

Symfony itself ties those verbosity levels to certain command line flags (-q, -v, -vv and -vvv).

This package does not aim to be a CLI framework though, so if you want to use those flags, you'd have to bind them to the verbosity manually.

The following code would mimic Symfony's behaviour:

const {
= require('symfony-style-console')
const io = new SymfonyStyle()
const flagMap = {
  '--quiet': VERBOSITY_QUIET,
const argv = process.argv.slice(2)
for (const flag in flagMap) {
  if (argv.indexOf(flag) !== -1) {


You can style your console output in a markup-like fashion:

io.writeln('This is <fg=blue>blue</> text!')

Styles can be a combination of foreground (fg) and background color (bg) as well as a comma-separated list of additional options.

Want a fully fledged example? Observe:

  'Give it a crazy style:'

Note that you can nest stylings, but nested styling markup will not inherit parent styles.

The following code block does explain what that means:

// Style the phrase: "This text is green with an underlined word."
  // This part is green
  '<fg=green>This text is green with an ',
  // This part is underlined but not green
  // This part is green again
  ' word.</>'

The following colors are available: black, red, green, yellow, blue, magenta, cyan, white and default


Supported styles include (support for each may vary): bold, underscore, blink, reverse, dim and conceal


Styles are escaped in block() output and in all output derived from blocks (success, warning, caution and error). This is a design decision by the Symfony team and I'm not going to interfere with that.

API variations

There are some small things that differ from Symfony's original API.

Dropped method: askQuestion

Since the questions part is not actually a port of the original code but a completely custom implementation, there are no Question objects and thus no need or functionality for an askQuestion method on the SymfonyStyle class.

Privatized method: createProgressBar

As opposed to the original, this package's SymfonyStyle class has no public createProgressBar method.

That method is integrated more deeply into the Symfony ecosystem than this project aims to support, and it's not necessary for the user facing API.

It still exists though, could be called and provide the same functionality, but it has been marked as private in source code so it doesn't appear in the TypeScript Definition files.

Added method: progressSet

I was missing a method to set the value of a progress bar to a certain step instead of just advancing it.

That's why I added the progressSet(step) method. This is not present in the original SymfonyStyle class.

The dim style option

I personally find the dim style pretty appealing, so I added it to the style options.

However, be aware that support is not too widespread (does not work on Windows as far as I know).

Return type: Questions

The interactive ask, askHidden, choice and confirm methods on the original SymfonyStyle class do return their results directly.

Since JavaScript is asynchronous in its nature, Promises are returned that resolve to the resulting values.

Also, the original class allows numeric values for the choice question type. This is technically possible in this library but since JavaScript object literals only support strings as keys, numeric values will be returned as strings.


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