Developers love CLI tools! So much so that I’m sure we would jump at the chance to do everything on a computer with the comfort of a command line. And why not do just that? With the help of modern libraries and frameworks, building our own CLI is a matter of a few hours or even minutes. Especially in Node, you can easily build exciting command-line interfaces using the  oclif framework.

In this article, we are going to create a simple CLI tool to help us track our weight over time. It has simple features like adding a new weight record and displaying past records.

Since we are using oclif to easily complete this task, let’s try to understand exactly what it is.

What Is Oclif?

Oclif is a framework used for creating CLI tools in Node. It supports both JavaScript and TypeScript implementations. Oclif provides a rich set of features to design and implement command-line programs that are easily extendable with plug-ins and hooks.

Single-Command vs. Multi-Command

We can create two types of command-line tools in Oclif: single- and multi-command. Single-command CLIs provide only one command option (similar to ls and curl commands in Linux). Multi-command programs support subcommands that proceed the main command. git and npm are good examples of multi-command tools.

In this tutorial, we are building a multi-command program that supports add and show subcommands to add new weight records and display old records.

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