How do I parse command line arguments in Java?

What is a good way of parsing command line arguments in Java?

Answer

Check these out:

Or roll your own:


For instance, this is how you use commons-cli to parse 2 string arguments:

import org.apache.commons.cli.*;

public class Main {


    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {

        Options options = new Options();

        Option input = new Option("i", "input", true, "input file path");
        input.setRequired(true);
        options.addOption(input);

        Option output = new Option("o", "output", true, "output file");
        output.setRequired(true);
        options.addOption(output);

        CommandLineParser parser = new DefaultParser();
        HelpFormatter formatter = new HelpFormatter();
        CommandLine cmd;

        try {
            cmd = parser.parse(options, args);
        } catch (ParseException e) {
            System.out.println(e.getMessage());
            formatter.printHelp("utility-name", options);

            System.exit(1);
        }

        String inputFilePath = cmd.getOptionValue("input");
        String outputFilePath = cmd.getOptionValue("output");

        System.out.println(inputFilePath);
        System.out.println(outputFilePath);

    }

}

usage from command line:

$> java -jar target/my-utility.jar -i asd                                                                                       
Missing required option: o

usage: utility-name
 -i,--input <arg>    input file path
 -o,--output <arg>   output file

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