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Kassim Damilola A
Kassim Damilola A

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Command-Line Flags with Go-Lang

Command-line flags are a common way to specify options for command-line exercutables or programs.

Go provides a flag package supporting basic command-line flag parsing.

Flags are defined using flag.String(), Bool(), Int(), etc. Depending on the intended datatype.

First argument β€” Flag name
Second argument β€” Default value
Third argument β€” help message for flag nameinstances := flag.Int(β€œinstances”, 5, β€œnumber of deployed instance”)

After all flags are defined, call




to parse the command line into the defined flags.

Command line flag syntax

The following forms are permitted:



-flag
-flag=x
-flag x // non-boolean flags only




![Alt Text](https://thepracticaldev.s3.amazonaws.com/i/tg31fio6y47bkuaft2vs.png)



$ go build flags.go

./flag -h
-instances int
number of deployed instances (default 5)

$ ./flags -instances 7


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