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Cloup — originally from “Click + option groups” — enriches Click with several features that make it more expressive and configurable:

  • option groups and an (optional) help section for positional arguments

  • constraints, like mutually_exclusive, that can be applied to option groups or to any group of parameters, even conditionally

  • subcommand aliases

  • subcommands sections, i.e. the possibility to organize the subcommands of a Group in multiple help sections

  • a themeable HelpFormatter that:

    • has more parameters for adjusting widths and spacing, which can be provided at the context and command level

    • use a different layout when the terminal width is below a certain threshold in order to improve readability

  • suggestions like “did you mean <subcommand>?” when you mistype a subcommand.

Moreover, Cloup improves on IDE support providing decorators with detailed type hints and adding the static methods Context.settings() and HelpFormatter.settings() for creating dictionaries of settings.

Cloup is extensively tested and documented. Tests are run against multiple versions of Python (>=3.6) and Click (>=7.2).

A simple example

from cloup import (
    HelpFormatter, HelpTheme, Style,
    command, option, option_group
from cloup.constraints import RequireAtLeast, mutually_exclusive

# Check the docs for all available arguments of HelpFormatter and HelpTheme.
formatter_settings = HelpFormatter.settings(
        heading=Style(fg='bright_white', bold=True),

# In a multi-command app, you can pass formatter_settings as part
# of your context_settings so that they are propagated to subcommands.
    "Cool options",
    option('--foo', help='This text should describe the option --foo.'),
    option('--bar', help='This text should describe the option --bar.'),
    "Other cool options",
    "This is the optional description of this option group.",
    option('--pippo', help='This text should describe the option --pippo.'),
    option('--pluto', help='This text should describe the option --pluto.'),
def cmd(**kwargs):
    """This is the command description."""

if __name__ == '__main__':
Basic example --help screenshot

If you don’t provide --pippo or --pluto:

Usage: invoked-command [OPTIONS]
Try 'invoked-command --help' for help.

Error: at least 1 of the following parameters must be set:

This simple example just scratches the surface. Read more in the documentation (links below).

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