PyCli : Need some reference to good books or tutorials on pycli

Jean-Michel Pichavant jeanmichel at
Fri Sep 26 17:45:17 CEST 2014

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> From: vijnaana at
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> Sent: Friday, 26 September, 2014 2:54:48 PM
> Subject: PyCli : Need some reference to good books or tutorials on pycli
> Hi Folks,
> I need to develop a CLI (PyCli or similar)on Linux.
> To be more specific to develop Quagga(open source routing software)
> like
> commands using python instead of C.
> Need some good reference material for the same.
> P.S google didn't help
> Thank You!
> Vij

Have you considered using ipython ?

I have built a CLI on top of that and it's pretty easy and effective, and it requires almost no dev. The following code is untested but it should give you an idea of what I mean.

import IPython
import yourApi

# explict exposure
foo =
bar =

# or you can expose all the content of yourApi
api = yourApi

# delete unwanted names
del yourApi
del IPython

# start the interactive CLI
IPython.frontend.terminal.embed.InteractiveShellEmbed(banner1='Hello Word', exit_msg='bbye')()




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