Python Command-line Application Development

Open-source Python projects categorized as Command-line Application Development

Top 17 Python Command-line Application Development Projects

  • Python Fire

    Python Fire is a library for automatically generating command line interfaces (CLIs) from absolutely any Python object.

    Project mention: What is the status of Python 3.11? | | 2023-03-10
  • Gooey

    Turn (almost) any Python command line program into a full GUI application with one line

    Project mention: Speak English to me, The secret World of Programmers | | 2023-03-16
  • InfluxDB

    Access the most powerful time series database as a service. Ingest, store, & analyze all types of time series data in a fully-managed, purpose-built database. Keep data forever with low-cost storage and superior data compression.

  • click

    Python composable command line interface toolkit

    Project mention: Overhead of Python Asyncio Tasks | | 2023-03-08

    I don't have huge experience with Python, but I used async code with C#/Typescript and lately I had to use some asyncio magic.

    I found this article: and while async/await syntax is the same, it's not entirely clear for me, why there's some event loop and what exactly happens, when I pass function to, like here:

    So, you can use it and it's not that hard, but there are some parts that are vague for me, no matter which language implements async support.

  • typer

    Typer, build great CLIs. Easy to code. Based on Python type hints.

    Project mention: How to make a CLI? | | 2023-03-17

    I used this template repo to make a bash cli then I made a brew formula to make it installable. It provide a nice way to make a cli with nested commands like git. As others mentioned other languages like python have great support for making nice clis see for an example framework in python. I chose bash because packaging a python cli for a private brew package is a pain and 99% of what I needed the cli to do was inkoke other clis, so bash made sense for my case.

  • python-prompt-toolkit

    Library for building powerful interactive command line applications in Python

    Project mention: Show HN: Replbuilder, quickly build a Python REPL CLI prompt | | 2023-02-19

    > The purpose is not to do this however, the goal for a repl cli is usually to invoke a set of particular, already implemented commands, not on the fly python input and output. The implementation will be predefined and packaged, repl are only used to run a list of specific commands with arguments that implementation has already defined.

    That's a very strange definition for a REPL, I would just call that an (interactive) CLI. Maybe that's why you couldn't find anything when you were doing your search? I used python-prompt-toolkit [0] when building such interfaces. pgcli [1] is an example of such an interface built with prompt-toolkit.

    It has a lot of nice autocomplete and readline emulation options. Maybe it's something you can integrate with your project.



  • docopt

    Pythonic command line arguments parser, that will make you smile

    Project mention: – Command-Line Argument Parser for Bash 3.2, 4, and 5 | | 2023-03-16

    For anyone unfamiliar, docopt is an established standard for specifying arguments in a script’s doc string. I use it for Python and it’s lovely. You’re going to write a docstring with examples anyway, why not make them functional?

  • asciimatics

    A cross platform package to do curses-like operations, plus higher level APIs and widgets to create text UIs and ASCII art animations

    Project mention: I'm making a notes app and am up to making an 'edit' feature, but have no way of making changes to a file's contents, let alone saving the changes and writing them to the file | | 2023-01-19

    Scroll down to the TUI example in the README, just above the documentation link:

  • Sonar

    Write Clean Python Code. Always.. Sonar helps you commit clean code every time. With over 225 unique rules to find Python bugs, code smells & vulnerabilities, Sonar finds the issues while you focus on the work.

  • colorama

    Simple cross-platform colored terminal text in Python

    Project mention: New IP Osint Tool! | | 2022-07-26

    Pyshark: Requests: Colorama:

  • plumbum

    Plumbum: Shell Combinators

    Project mention: Diagram as Code | | 2022-06-23

    if you liked that, you'll love Plumbum[1] :)


  • cement

    Application Framework for Python

  • Argh

    An argparse wrapper that doesn't make you say "argh" each time you deal with it. (by neithere)

  • cliff

    Command Line Interface Formulation Framework. Mirror of code maintained at

  • Manage

    Command Line Manager + Interactive Shell for Python Projects

  • clint

    Python Command-line Application Tools

    Project mention: A game called "Hand Cricket" | | 2022-10-10

    Since you are building a TUI (textual user interface), you might benefit from libraries like or

  • SyncShell

    keep your machine's shell history synchronize

  • escape

    Simple Terminal Styling for Python (by skabbass1)

  • asynccli

    A CLI framework based on asyncio

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NOTE: The open source projects on this list are ordered by number of github stars. The number of mentions indicates repo mentiontions in the last 12 Months or since we started tracking (Dec 2020). The latest post mention was on 2023-03-17.

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What are some of the best open-source Command-line Application Development projects in Python? This list will help you:

Project Stars
1 Python Fire 24,199
2 Gooey 17,423
3 click 13,610
4 typer 10,759
5 python-prompt-toolkit 8,221
6 docopt 7,760
7 asciimatics 3,272
8 colorama 3,098
9 plumbum 2,561
10 cement 1,155
11 Argh 342
12 cliff 212
13 Manage 123
14 clint 86
15 SyncShell 53
16 escape 9
17 asynccli 6
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