Minicli Application Template

2.0.1 2020-05-26 17:12 UTC

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Minicli is an experimental dependency-free toolkit for building CLI-only applications in PHP created by @erikaheidi. This repository is a template you can use to create a new application that has a single dependency: minicli/minicli.

Why minicli

The current trend in software development is basing your project on a big pile of unknowns. There is nothing wrong in using third party software, but if more than 80% of your application is out of your control, things can get messy. What usually happens is that you don't even know what packages you're depending on, when using the most popular frameworks.

Minicli was created as an educational experiment and a way to go dependency-free when building simple command-line applications in PHP. It can be used for microservices, personal dev tools, bots and little fun things.

Getting Started

You'll need php-cli and Composer to get started.

Create a new project with:

composer create-project --prefer-dist minicli/application myapp

Once the installation is finished, you can run minicli it with:

cd myapp

This will show you the default app signature:

usage: ./minicli help

The default help command that comes with minicli (app/Command/Help/DefaultController.php) auto-generates a tree of available commands:

./minicli help
Available Commands


The help test command, defined in app/Command/Help/TestController.php, shows an echo test of parameters:

./minicli help test user=erika name=value
Hello, erika!

    [user] => erika
    [name] => value

The simplest app

The simplest minicli script doesn't require using Command Controllers at all. You can delete the app folder and use registerCommand with an anonymous function, like this:


if (php_sapi_name() !== 'cli') {

require __DIR__ . '/vendor/autoload.php';

use Minicli\App;
use Minicli\Command\CommandCall;

$app = new App();
$app->setSignature('./minicli mycommand');

$app->registerCommand('mycommand', function(CommandCall $input) {
    echo "My Command!";



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