Command Line Arguments


Command line arguments are often used to pass configuration options to a program.

You can get the list of command line arguments from `Deno.args`.
const name = Deno.args[0];
const food = Deno.args[1];
console.log(`Hello ${name}, I like ${food}!`);
Often you want to parse command line arguments like `--foo=bar` into structured data. This can be done using `std/cli`.
import { parseArgs } from "jsr:@std/cli/parse-args";
The `parseArgs` function takes the argument list, and a list of options. In these options you specify the types of the accepted arguments and possibly default values. An object is returned with the parsed arguments. NOTE: this function is based on [`minimist`](, not compatible with the `parseArgs()` function in `node:util`.
const flags = parseArgs(Deno.args, {
  boolean: ["help", "color"],
  string: ["version"],
  default: { color: true },
  negatable: ["color"],
console.log("Wants help?",;
console.log("Version:", flags.version);
console.log("Wants color?:", flags.color);
The `_` field of the returned object contains all arguments that were not recognized as flags.
console.log("Other:", flags._);

Run this example locally using the Deno CLI:

deno run Deno Sushi --help --version=1.0.0 --no-color

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