Dynamic bash completion from PHP

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Dynamic bash completion from PHP


Say you have a cli script to read some data, using comphlete you can autocomplete data identifiers directly from the command line. It's both fun and powerful. And works well with symfony console apps.


composer require hanneskod/comphlete


With symfony apps

Create an empty symfony console application (here named myapp.php).

$application = new \Symfony\Component\Console\Application();

$application->add(new \hanneskod\comphlete\Symfony\ComphleteCommand);


This creates a hidden command named _complete that handles autocompletion.

To register autocompletion in your enviroment use (in .bashrc)

source $(myapp.php _complete --generate-bash-script --app-name=myapp.php)

NOTE that the ComphleteCommand does not work for single command applications. If your application is a single command app you'll have to revert to the default way of createing suggestions. See below.

The (not so) hard way

Create your autocomplete definition in a php script (here named test.php).

namespace hanneskod\comphlete;

$definition = (new Definition)
    // first argument with a fixed set of suggestions
    ->addArgument(0, ['foo', 'bar', 'baz'])

    // second argument with a dynamic callback
    ->addArgument(1, function () {
        // load suggestions from database...
        return ['aa', 'bb'];

    // simple option

    // option with suggested values
    ->addOption('bar', ['val1', 'val2'])

$completer = new Completer($definition);

$input = (new InputFactory)->createFromArgv($argv);

echo Helper::dump($completer->complete($input));

To load into you environment create a bash script (note that this requires test.php to be in you PATH to work properly).

php bash_load_script_template.php test.php > load.sh

And source it (in .bashrc)

source load.sh

Using contexts

A common design pattern is to have an application define a number of commands with their own sets of arguments and options. Comphlete supports this by the use of contexts. Here is an app with an import and an export command.

$import = (new ContextDefinition('import'))
    ->addArgument(1, ['some-argument'])

$export = (new ContextDefinition('export'))
    ->addArgument(1, ['another-argument'])

$def = (new ContextContainerDefinition)

$completer = new Completer($def);

$input = (new InputFactory)->createFromArgv($argv);

echo Helper::dump($completer->complete($input));