Top 10 JavaScript Command Line Utility Libraries in 2023

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by sneha@openweaver.com dot icon Updated: Mar 6, 2023

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Here are some of the famous JavaScript Command Line Utility Libraries The use cases of these libraries include Data Manipulation, Automating Tasks, Accessing APIs, Debugging and Monitoring, and Building Applications.  


JavaScript Command Line Utility Libraries are libraries that allow developers to create custom command-line tools for their applications. These libraries provide a variety of tools and functions to simplify the development of powerful command-line tools, such as argument parsing, output formatting, and interacting with the user. These libraries also provide flexibility and scalability, allowing developers to create complex command-line tools and scripts. 

 

Let us look at some of these famous libraries. 

nodemon

  • Allows developers to customize the configuration options.
  • Allows automatic server restarting when it detects changes in the source code.
  • Allows to filter which files should be watched by filename or by extension.

nodemonby remy

JavaScript doticonstar image 25241 doticonVersion:v2.0.22doticon
License: Permissive (MIT)

Monitor for any changes in your node.js application and automatically restart the server - perfect for development

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            nodemonby remy

            JavaScript doticon star image 25241 doticonVersion:v2.0.22doticon License: Permissive (MIT)

            Monitor for any changes in your node.js application and automatically restart the server - perfect for development
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                      ink

                      • Enables developers to create interactive command line tools.
                      • Supports automated testing, making it possible to quickly write reliable and maintainable tests for CLI applications.
                      • Provides an intuitive layout and UI system.

                      inkby vadimdemedes

                      TypeScript doticonstar image 23478 doticonVersion:v4.2.0doticon
                      License: Permissive (MIT)

                      🌈 React for interactive command-line apps

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                                inkby vadimdemedes

                                TypeScript doticon star image 23478 doticonVersion:v4.2.0doticon License: Permissive (MIT)

                                🌈 React for interactive command-line apps
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                                          chalk

                                          • Allows styling of individual words within a string of text.
                                          • Supports a wide variety of colors, styles, and background colors.
                                          • Supports ANSI escape codes, allowing for more complex styling.

                                          chalkby chalk

                                          JavaScript doticonstar image 20299 doticonVersion:v5.2.0doticon
                                          License: Permissive (MIT)

                                          🖍 Terminal string styling done right

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                                                    chalkby chalk

                                                    JavaScript doticon star image 20299 doticonVersion:v5.2.0doticon License: Permissive (MIT)

                                                    🖍 Terminal string styling done right
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                                                              Inquirer.js

                                                              • Offers high-level abstractions, such as prompts and choice lists.
                                                              • Allows developers to easily extend the library with their own custom prompts and validators.
                                                              • Provides built-in validation to ensure that user input is valid before processing it.

                                                              Inquirer.jsby SBoudrias

                                                              JavaScript doticonstar image 18081 doticonVersion:@inquirer/editor@1.2.0doticon
                                                              License: Permissive (MIT)

                                                              A collection of common interactive command line user interfaces.

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                                                                        Inquirer.jsby SBoudrias

                                                                        JavaScript doticon star image 18081 doticonVersion:@inquirer/editor@1.2.0doticon License: Permissive (MIT)

                                                                        A collection of common interactive command line user interfaces.
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                                                                                  shelljs

                                                                                  • Supports Promises, making it easy to chain asynchronous tasks together and handle errors.
                                                                                  • Includes an extensive library of shell commands such as grep, sed, and awk.
                                                                                  • Provides an easy-to-use API that allows developers to quickly and easily create powerful command line scripts.

                                                                                  shelljsby shelljs

                                                                                  JavaScript doticonstar image 13832 doticonVersion:v0.8.5doticon
                                                                                  License: Permissive (BSD-3-Clause)

                                                                                  :shell: Portable Unix shell commands for Node.js

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                                                                                            shelljsby shelljs

                                                                                            JavaScript doticon star image 13832 doticonVersion:v0.8.5doticon License: Permissive (BSD-3-Clause)

                                                                                            :shell: Portable Unix shell commands for Node.js
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                                                                                                      yargs

                                                                                                      • Supports multiple levels of sub-commands for complex CLI applications.
                                                                                                      • Provides powerful features like autocomplete, auto-suggestion, and parsing of complex options.
                                                                                                      • Provides a sophisticated way of prompting users for values and allows for customizing the prompt message.

                                                                                                      yargsby yargs

                                                                                                      JavaScript doticonstar image 10485 doticonVersion:v17.7.2doticon
                                                                                                      License: Permissive (MIT)

                                                                                                      yargs the modern, pirate-themed successor to optimist.

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                                                                                                                yargsby yargs

                                                                                                                JavaScript doticon star image 10485 doticonVersion:v17.7.2doticon License: Permissive (MIT)

                                                                                                                yargs the modern, pirate-themed successor to optimist.
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                                                                                                                          ora

                                                                                                                          • Allows developers to easily animate the cursor of their terminal window.
                                                                                                                          • Features an advanced Typescript-based API that provides type checking, code completion, and more.
                                                                                                                          • Provides a highly customizable output experience.

                                                                                                                          oraby sindresorhus

                                                                                                                          JavaScript doticonstar image 8433 doticonVersion:v6.3.1doticon
                                                                                                                          License: Permissive (MIT)

                                                                                                                          Elegant terminal spinner

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                                                                                                                                    oraby sindresorhus

                                                                                                                                    JavaScript doticon star image 8433 doticonVersion:v6.3.1doticon License: Permissive (MIT)

                                                                                                                                    Elegant terminal spinner
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                                                                                                                                              prompts

                                                                                                                                              • Allow easy input validation so that the user can only input valid commands.
                                                                                                                                              • Allow multiple input types such as strings, numbers, and Booleans.
                                                                                                                                              • Provides built-in support for tab completion, allowing the user to type in commands quickly.

                                                                                                                                              promptsby terkelg

                                                                                                                                              JavaScript doticonstar image 7961 doticonVersion:v2.4.2doticon
                                                                                                                                              License: Permissive (MIT)

                                                                                                                                              ❯ Lightweight, beautiful and user-friendly interactive prompts

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                                                                                                                                                        promptsby terkelg

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                                                                                                                                                        ❯ Lightweight, beautiful and user-friendly interactive prompts
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                                                                                                                                                                  enquirer

                                                                                                                                                                  • Allows users to create complex, multi-step prompts using a “steps” API.  
                                                                                                                                                                  • Supports async/await promises, making it easy to handle user input without blocking the main thread.  
                                                                                                                                                                  • Provides powerful validation support, allowing users to validate their user’s input easily .

                                                                                                                                                                  enquirerby enquirer

                                                                                                                                                                  JavaScript doticonstar image 7024 doticonVersion:Currentdoticon
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                                                                                                                                                                  Stylish, intuitive and user-friendly prompts, for Node.js. Used by eslint, webpack, yarn, pm2, pnpm, RedwoodJS, FactorJS, salesforce, Cypress, Google Lighthouse, Generate, tencent cloudbase, lint-staged, gluegun, hygen, hardhat, AWS Amplify, GitHub Actions Toolkit, @airbnb/nimbus, and many others! Please follow Enquirer's author: https://github.com/jonschlinkert

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                                                                                                                                                                            enquirerby enquirer

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                                                                                                                                                                            Stylish, intuitive and user-friendly prompts, for Node.js. Used by eslint, webpack, yarn, pm2, pnpm, RedwoodJS, FactorJS, salesforce, Cypress, Google Lighthouse, Generate, tencent cloudbase, lint-staged, gluegun, hygen, hardhat, AWS Amplify, GitHub Actions Toolkit, @airbnb/nimbus, and many others! Please follow Enquirer's author: https://github.com/jonschlinkert
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                                                                                                                                                                                      meow

                                                                                                                                                                                      • Is highly customizable, allowing users to tailor the utility library to fit their needs.  
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Provides a focus on modularity and extensibility, allowing users to create custom tasks and plugins easily.  
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Supports an easy-to-understand syntax, making it a great choice for someone new to command-line utilities. 

                                                                                                                                                                                      meowby sindresorhus

                                                                                                                                                                                      JavaScript doticonstar image 3245 doticonVersion:v12.0.1doticon
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                                                                                                                                                                                      🐈 CLI app helper

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                                                                                                                                                                                                meowby sindresorhus

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                                                                                                                                                                                                🐈 CLI app helper
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