cement – CLI application framework for Python

Cement is an advanced application framework for Python, with a primary focus on Command Line Interfaces (CLI).

Its goal is to introduce a standard, and feature-full platform for both simple and complex command line applications as well as support rapid development needs without sacrificing quality. Cement is flexible, and its use cases span from the simplicity of a micro-framework to the complexity of a mega-framework.

Whether its a single file script, or a multi-tier application, Cement is the foundation you’ve been looking for.

Cement is free and open source software.

Features include:

  • Core pieces of the framework are customizable via handlers/interfaces.
  • Extension handler to easily extend framework functionality.
  • Config handler merges defaults, multiple files, and environment variables into one config.
  • Argument handler parses command line arguments and options.
  • Log handler supports logging to console and file.
  • Plugin handler provides the ability to easily extend your application.
  • Output handler renders data to the end-user (often via template handler backends).
  • Template handler renders content and file templates.
  • Cache handler adds caching support for improved performance or key/value storage.
  • Controller handler supports sub-commands, and nested/embedded controllers.
  • Hook support adds a bit of magic to apps and also ties into framework.
  • Zero external dependencies* (not including optional extensions).
  • 100% test coverage using pytest and coverage.
  • 100% PEP8 and style compliant using flake8.
  • Extensive Developer Guide and API Reference Documentation.
  • Tested on Python 3.5+. Does not support Python 2.x.

Support: GitHub Code Repository
Developer: Data Folk Labs, LLC
License: BSD 3-Clause “New” or “Revised” License

Cement is written in Python. Learn Python with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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