Args++

An argument-parsing library for C++.

Version 2.0.0

Quickstart Tutorial


Imagine we're building a utility for joining MP3 files, something like mp3cat. We want the user to supply the file names as a list of command line arguments. We also want to support an --out/-o option so the user can specify an output filename and a --quiet/-q flag for turning down the program's verbosity.

First we need to create an ArgParser instance:

#include "args.h"

args::ArgParser parser;
parser.helptext = "Usage: mp3cat...";
parser.version = "1.0";

Supplying a helptext string for the parser activates an automatic --help/-h flag; similarly, supplying a version string activates an automatic --version/-v flag.

Now we can register our options and flags:

parser.option("out o", "default.mp3");
parser.flag("quiet q");

That's it, we're done specifying our interface. Now we can parse the program's command line arguments, passing in argc and argv as supplied to main():

parser.parse(argc, argv);

This will exit with a suitable error message for the user if anything goes wrong. Now we can check if the --quiet flag was found:

if (parser.found("quiet")) {
    do_stuff();
}

And determine our output filepath:

string filepath = parser.value("out");

Positional aguments are collected up in the parser's .args list:

for (string& filename: parser.args) {
    do_stuff();
}