Command Line Interface

Many core signac-flow functions are — in addition to the Python interface — accessible directly via the $ flow command line interface (CLI).

CLI Overview

The available commands in the CLI can be shown by executing $ flow --help:

$ flow --help
usage: flow [-h] [--debug] [--version] {init,template} ...

flow provides the basic components to set up workflows for projects as part of
the signac framework.

positional arguments:
    init           Initialize a signac-flow project.
    template       Create and manage custom user templates.

  -h, --help       show this help message and exit
  --debug          Show traceback on error for debugging.
  --version        Display the version number and exit.
List of commands:


$ flow init --help
usage: flow init [-h] [-t {example,minimal,testing}] [alias]

positional arguments:
  alias                 Name of the FlowProject module to initialize. This
                        name will also be used to initialize a signac project
                        if no signac project was initialized prior to calling
                        'init'. Default value: 'project'.

  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -t {example,minimal,testing}, --template {example,minimal,testing}
                        Specify a template to use. Default value: 'minimal'.


$ flow template --help
usage: flow template [-h] {create} ...

positional arguments:
    create    Create a new custom template based on the detected or selected

  -h, --help  show this help message and exit

template create

$ flow template create --help
usage: flow template create [-h] [--extends EXTENDS] [--name NAME]

  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  --extends EXTENDS, -e EXTENDS
                        Optionally specify a template to extend (including the
                        file extension if present). If not provided, the
                        current environment's template is used. For systems
                        without a scheduler (or an unsupported scheduler) this
                        is ''.
  --name NAME, -n NAME  Optionally specify a name to use as the the name of
                        the custom user template. Defaults to '',
                        which will be used by default in flow submissions for
                        the current project.