Parsing Command Line Arguments with getopt in Bash

When writing utility scripts in Bash it is tempting to simply pass positional arguments, use $1, $2, etc. and be done with it.  However if you want to either share this utility with other members of your team and/or incorporate it into your system, it makes sense to implement your command line argument parsing in a more flexible and maintainable manner.

Using getopt you can very easily pass a variety of command line options and arguments.

Following is a link to a GitHub Gist with an example that illustrates the implementation of flags, options or arguments with values and long option names.

getopt-example.sh

 

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