bmjames / scala-optparse-applicative   0.2.1

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Scala port of Paolo Capriotti's optparse-applicative library. This repository is no longer maintained; newer versions exist in this fork:

Scala versions: 2.10


A port of the optparse-applicative library to the Scala programming language.

Most functionality has been ported, except completion.

This library depends on Scalaz for functional data structures, type classes and combinators.

How to get it

Version 0.7 of scala-optparse-applicative is available for Scala 2.10, 2.11 and 2.12.

resolvers += "bmjames Bintray Repo" at ""

libraryDependencies += "net.bmjames" %% "scala-optparse-applicative" % "0.7"


This library is distributed under a BSD 3-Clause license (see LICENSE).

Simple example

This example follows the one from the [optparse-applicative] 1 docs.

case class Sample(hello: String, quiet: Boolean)

object SampleMain {

  val sample: Parser[Sample] =
      strOption(long("hello"), metavar("TARGET"), help("Target for the greeting")),
      switch(long("quiet"), help("Whether to be quiet"))

  def greet(s: Sample): Unit = s match {
    case Sample(h, false) => println("Hello, " ++ h)
    case _ =>

  def main(args: Array[String]) {
    val opts = info(sample <*> helper,
      progDesc("Print a greeting for TARGET"),
      header("hello - a test for scala-optparse-applicative"))
    greet(execParser(args, "SampleMain", opts))


When run with the --help option, it prints:

hello - a test for scala-optparse-applicative

Usage: SampleMain --hello TARGET [--quiet]
  Print a greeting for TARGET

Available options:
  -h,--help                Show this help text
  --hello TARGET           Target for the greeting
  --quiet                  Whether to be quiet

Advanced examples

Further examples can be found in src/test/examples.

To Do

  • More tests