promptly

Simple command line prompting utility

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promptly

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Simple command line prompting utility.

Installation

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API

Note that the options argument is optional for all the commands.

.prompt(message, opts, fn)

Prompts for a value, printing the message and waiting for the input.
When done, calls fn with error and value.

Default options:

{
    // The default value. If not supplied, the input is mandatory
    'default': null,
    // Automatically trim the input
    'trim': true,
    // A validator or an array of validators.
    'validator': null,
    // Automatically retry if a validator fails
    'retry': true,
    // Do not print what the user types
    'silent': false,
    // Input and output streams to read and write to
    'input': process.stdin,
    'output': process.stdout
}

The validators have two purposes:

function (value) {
    // Validation example, throwing an error when invalid
    if (value.length !== 2) {
        throw new Error('Length must be 2');
    }

    // Parse the value, modifying it
    return value.replace('aa', 'bb');
}

Example usages

Ask for a name:

promptly.prompt('Name: ', function (err, value) {
    // err is always null in this case, because no validators are set
    console.log(value);
});

Ask for a name with a constraint (non-empty value and length > 2):

var validator = function (value) {
    if (value.length < 2) {
        throw new Error('Min length of 2');
    }

    return value;
};

promptly.prompt('Name: ', { validator: validator }, function (err, value) {
    // Since retry is true by default, err is always null
    // because promptly will be prompting for a name until it validates
    // Between each prompt, the error message from the validator will be printed
    console.log('Name is:', value);
});

Same as above but do not retry automatically:

var validator = function (value) {
    if (value.length < 2) {
        throw new Error('Min length of 2');
    }

    return value;
};

promptly.prompt('Name: ', { validator: validator, retry: false }, function (err, value) {
    if (err) {
        console.error('Invalid name:', e.message);
        // Manually call retry
        // The passed error has a retry method to easily prompt again.
        return err.retry();
    }

    console.log('Name is:', value);
});

.confirm(message, opts, fn)

Ask the user to confirm something.
Calls fn with error and value (true or false).

Truthy values are: y, yes and 1.
Falsy values are n, no, and 0.
Comparison is made in a case insensitive way.

Example usage:

promptly.confirm('Are you sure? ', function (err, value) {
    console.log('Answer:', value);
});

.choose(message, choices, opts, fn)

Ask the user to choose between multiple choices (array of choices).
Calls fn with error and value.

Example usage:

promptly.choose('Do you want an apple or an orange? ', ['apple', 'orange'], function (err, value) {
    console.log('Answer:', value);
});

.password(message, opts, fn)

Prompts for a password, printing the message and waiting for the input.
When available, calls fn with error and value.

The available options are the same, except that trim and silent default to false and default is an empty string (to allow empty passwords).

Example usage:

promptly.password('Type a password: ', function (err, value) {
    console.log('Password is:', value);
});

License

Released under the MIT License.

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