42.CLI.Toolkit 1.0.1

dotnet add package 42.CLI.Toolkit --version 1.0.1
NuGet\Install-Package 42.CLI.Toolkit -Version 1.0.1
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<PackageReference Include="42.CLI.Toolkit" Version="1.0.1" />
For projects that support PackageReference, copy this XML node into the project file to reference the package.
paket add 42.CLI.Toolkit --version 1.0.1
#r "nuget: 42.CLI.Toolkit, 1.0.1"
#r directive can be used in F# Interactive and Polyglot Notebooks. Copy this into the interactive tool or source code of the script to reference the package.
// Install 42.CLI.Toolkit as a Cake Addin
#addin nuget:?package=42.CLI.Toolkit&version=1.0.1

// Install 42.CLI.Toolkit as a Cake Tool
#tool nuget:?package=42.CLI.Toolkit&version=1.0.1

Getting Started Guide

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This library combines multiple .net libraries into one package to simplify the creation of a CLI application. The result is easy to use because it has a nice interface, is IoC-friendly, and uses the IHostBuilder principle.

Build the host and run it

return await new HostBuilder()

Use the Startup class for configuration and building service provider:

public class Startup : IStartup
    public void ConfigureApplication(IConfigurationBuilder builder)
        // add any configuration here
        // builder.AddJsonFile("appsettings.json", false, false);

    public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services, IConfiguration configuration)
        services.AddCliToolkit(); // register the toolkit (IExtendedConsole, IRenderer, IPrompter, IProgressReporter)
        // register your services here

Build commands

[Command("tool", Description = "Description in help.")]
public class ToolCommand : BaseCommand
    public ToolCommand(IExtendedConsole console)
        : base(console)
        // no operation

    [VersionOption("-v|--version", "", Description = "Display version of this tool.")]
    public bool IsVersionRequested { get; set; }

    public Task<int> OnExecuteAsync()
        Console.WriteLine("Hello world!")
        return Task.FromResult(0);

The complete documentation on how to structure commands and sub-commands is on GitHub: https://github.com/natemcmaster/CommandLineUtils

Use extended console

For total control, use the IExtendedConsole type from the IoC container; the system of commands uses injection through the constructor.

If needed, there are more specialized interfaces:

  • IRenderer
    • WriteLine(params object[] elements)
    • WriteTree<T>(IComposition<T> root, Func<T, IConsoleOutput> nodeRenderFunction)
    • WriteTable<T>(IEnumerable<T> rows, Func<T, IEnumerable<Cell>> rowRenderFunction, IEnumerable<IHeaderColumn>? headers = null)
    • Write(Document document)
  • IPrompter
    • T Input<T>(InputOptions<T> options)
    • bool Confirm(ConfirmOptions options)
    • IEnumerable<T> List<T>(ListOptions<T> options)
    • T Select<T>(SelectOptions<T> options)
  • IProgressReporter
    • IProgressBar StartProgressBar(string message, ProgressBarOptions? options = null)

More examples

A simple demo application is available at: https://github.com/akobr/mono.me/tree/main/src/Libraries/CLI/Toolkit.Example/src

A complex CLI application: https://github.com/akobr/mono.me/tree/main/src/Monorepo/Cli/src

Adapted libraries

Product Compatible and additional computed target framework versions.
.NET net8.0 is compatible.  net8.0-android was computed.  net8.0-browser was computed.  net8.0-ios was computed.  net8.0-maccatalyst was computed.  net8.0-macos was computed.  net8.0-tvos was computed.  net8.0-windows was computed. 
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