# Documenting Scripts¶

Click makes it very easy to document your command line tools. First of all, it automatically generates help pages for you. While these are currently not customizable in terms of their layout, all of the text can be changed.

## Help Texts¶

Commands and options accept help arguments. In the case of commands, the docstring of the function is automatically used if provided.

Simple example:

@click.command()
@click.option('--count', default=1, help='number of greetings')
@click.argument('name')
def hello(count, name):
"""This script prints hello NAME COUNT times."""
for x in range(count):
click.echo('Hello %s!' % name)


And what it looks like:

$hello --help Usage: hello [OPTIONS] NAME This script prints hello NAME COUNT times. Options: --count INTEGER number of greetings --help Show this message and exit.  Arguments cannot be documented this way. This is to follow the general convention of Unix tools of using arguments for only the most necessary things and to document them in the introduction text by referring to them by name. ## Preventing Rewrapping¶ The default behavior of Click is to rewrap text based on the width of the terminal. In some circumstances, this can become a problem. The main issue is when showing code examples, where newlines are significant. Rewrapping can be disabled on a per-paragraph basis by adding a line with solely the \b escape marker in it. This line will be removed from the help text and rewrapping will be disabled. Example: @click.command() def cli(): """First paragraph. This is a very long second paragraph and as you can see wrapped very early in the source text but will be rewrapped to the terminal width in the final output. \b This is a paragraph without rewrapping. And this is a paragraph that will be rewrapped again. """  And what it looks like: $ cli --help
Usage: cli [OPTIONS]

First paragraph.

This is a very long second paragraph and as you can see wrapped very early
in the source text but will be rewrapped to the terminal width in the final
output.

This is
a paragraph
without rewrapping.

And this is a paragraph that will be rewrapped again.

Options:
--help  Show this message and exit.


## Truncating Help Texts¶

Click gets command help text from function docstrings. However if you already use docstrings to document function arguments you may not want to see :param: and :return: lines in your help text.

You can use the \f escape marker to have Click truncate the help text after the marker.

Example:

@click.command()
@click.pass_context
def cli(ctx):
"""First paragraph.

This is a very long second
paragraph and not correctly
wrapped but it will be rewrapped.
\f

:param click.core.Context ctx: Click context.
"""


And what it looks like:

$cli --help Usage: cli [OPTIONS] First paragraph. This is a very long second paragraph and not correctly wrapped but it will be rewrapped. Options: --help Show this message and exit.  ## Meta Variables¶ Options and parameters accept a metavar argument that can change the meta variable in the help page. The default version is the parameter name in uppercase with underscores, but can be annotated differently if desired. This can be customized at all levels: @click.command(options_metavar='<options>') @click.option('--count', default=1, help='number of greetings', metavar='<int>') @click.argument('name', metavar='<name>') def hello(count, name): """This script prints hello <name> <int> times.""" for x in range(count): click.echo('Hello %s!' % name)  Example: $ hello --help
Usage: hello <options> <name>

This script prints hello <name> <int> times.

Options:
--count <int>  number of greetings
--help         Show this message and exit.


## Command Short Help¶

For commands, a short help snippet is generated. By default, it’s the first sentence of the help message of the command, unless it’s too long. This can also be overridden:

@click.group()
def cli():
"""A simple command line tool."""

@cli.command('init', short_help='init the repo')
def init():
"""Initializes the repository."""

@cli.command('delete', short_help='delete the repo')
def delete():
"""Deletes the repository."""


And what it looks like:

$repo.py Usage: repo.py [OPTIONS] COMMAND [ARGS]... A simple command line tool. Options: --help Show this message and exit. Commands: delete delete the repo init init the repo  ## Help Parameter Customization¶ New in version 2.0. The help parameter is implemented in Click in a very special manner. Unlike regular parameters it’s automatically added by Click for any command and it performs automatic conflict resolution. By default it’s called --help, but this can be changed. If a command itself implements a parameter with the same name, the default help parameter stops accepting it. There is a context setting that can be used to override the names of the help parameters called help_option_names. This example changes the default parameters to -h and --help instead of just --help: CONTEXT_SETTINGS = dict(help_option_names=['-h', '--help']) @click.command(context_settings=CONTEXT_SETTINGS) def cli(): pass  And what it looks like: $ cli -h
Usage: cli [OPTIONS]

Options:
-h, --help  Show this message and exit.