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How to parse a command line?

The CodeFluent Runtime offers to applications a clean and concise class for manipulating command line arguments and related tasks. Add the nugget package and refers the CommandLineUtilities class.

This class parses your command line arguments, find all parameters starting with – or / and all the values linked. I assumed that a value could be separated from a parameter with a : or a =.

During this article we are going to simulate this execution:

/Program.exe –ProductName:Word /SendEmail=true -amount:10.5


Gets a positioned argument from the command line and convert it to the type of the default value. If the argument is not found or if the value cannot be converted to the expected type, it returns the default value (internally it uses ConvertUtilities).

CommandLineUtilities.GetArgument(name:"ProductName", defaultValue:string.Empty); // -> “Word”
CommandLineUtilities.GetArgument(name:"ProductName", defaultValue:0); // -> 0
CommandLineUtilities.GetArgument(name:"SendEmail", defaultValue:false); // -> True
CommandLineUtilities.GetArgument("amount", double.MaxValue, new CultureInfo("en-US")); // -> 10.5D


Determines whether the argument is specified in the command line.

CommandLineUtilities.HasArgument(name:"ProductName"); // -> True
CommandLineUtilities.HasArgument(name:"debug"); // -> false


List all arguments, the name will be the key.

// -> {{“ ProductName”,”Word”},{“SendEmail”,”true”}}


Gets a value indicating whether help was requested.

// /Progam.exe /HELP
CommandLineUtilities.HelpRequested; // -> True

Happy CLI-ing !

The R&D Team.

  1. January 17, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Very helpful, thanks !
    As a suggestion, I would have simply name it “CommandLine”. It’s shorter and improves code reading.

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