Overpowered command line tool for your leaf apps.

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Aloe CLI

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Aloe is a CLI tool that comes with Leaf API and Leaf MVC v2 upwards. It ties into the Leaf console tool and totally replaces all it's functionality. Aloe exists at the root of your application in the leaf script and provides a number of helpful commands that can assist you while you build your application. To view all available commands, you can use the list command or call leaf.

php leaf list
# or
php leaf

Every command also includes a "help" screen which displays and describes the command's available arguments and options. To view a help screen, precede the name of the command with help:

php leaf help db:migrate

Interact (REPL)

Aloe comes with aloe-interact which is basically powerful REPL powered by PSY Shell. Interact allows you to interact with your app, access variables and methods in your Leaf app, run and rollback migrations, perform database operations and so much more. You can access interact on aloe like this:

php leaf interact

Writing Commands

Aside all the commands provided by aloe, you can also create your own commands and run them through the aloe cli. Aloe CLI allows you to directly generate commands to run in the CLI.

Generating Commands

To create a new command, you may use the g:command aloe command. This command will create a new command class in the default commands directory.

The default directory for commands in Leaf API and Leaf MVC is App\Console, with skeleton, you're free to decide where to place your commands.

php leaf g:command SendMail

Aloe can also generate namespaced commands directly for you. You don't have to manually set namespaces as done with other CLI tools.

php leaf g:command mail:send

If you want to, you can even generate the command by it's name instead of it's class. Aloe is smart enough to differentiate them.

php leaf g:command shutdown 

Command Structure

After generating your command, you should start writing what to execute once the command is called. Aloe smartly generates a command name for you, even if you create the command using the class name, however, if it doesn't match what you need, you can always change it.

With the mail:send example above, Aloe wil generate App\Console\MailSendCommand, in this file, we'll have something that looks like this:

namespace App\Console;

use Aloe\Command;

class ExampleCommand extends Command
    protected static $defaultName = "mail:send";
    public $description = "mail:send command's description";
    public $help = "mail:send command's help";

    public function handle()
        $this->comment("mail:send command's output");

We can add an argument to find the user to send the email to, and output a message while sending the email.

public function config()
    $this->setArgument("user", "required");

public function handle()
    $user = $this->argument('user');

    $this->comment("Sending email to $user");

    $success = \CustomEmailHandler::send($user);

    if ($success) {
        $this->info("Email sent successfully");
    } else {
        $this->error("Couldn't send email, pls try again");

Registering Commands

By default, aloe cli registers all commands generated, however, if you have a command you want to register manually, or commands from a package which need to use Aloe, you can also add them pretty easily.

Simply locate the aloe file in the root directory of your project, open it up and find a commented section talking about custom commands.

| Add custom command
| If you have a new command to add to Leaf

An example command has already been registered, so you can follow this example. Simply call the register method. You can also pass in an array of commands to register, as such, a custom package with a couple of commands to register can simply return an array of all those commands.


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