# Migrating from 1.x

Caporal v2 is a major rewrite that includes breaking changes. This guide should help you transition to v2 in a painless way.

Also, if you're using Visual Studio Code, it should show you the wrong method calls, thanks to typescript declarations (even if your app is written in javascript).

Starting version 2, Caporal npm package will be released under the caporal organization. Just use the @caporal/core package instead of caporal:

- import program from "caporal"
+ import program from "@caporal/core"

If using require, please use one of the following ways:

const { program } = require("@caporal/core")

// OR
const program = require("@caporal/core").default

# Breaking changes

# .option() signature change

All optional properties are now part of a third parameter object.

- .option(synopsis, description, [validator, [defaultValue, [required]])
+ .option(synopsis, description, { validator, default, required })

# .argument() signature change

All optional properties are now part of a third parameter object.

- .argument(synopsis, description, [validator, [defaultValue]])
+ .argument(synopsis, description, { validator, default })

# program.parse() signature change

program.parse() has been renamed to program.run().

- program.parse()
+ program.run()

If you used to pass process.argv as the argv parameter, please now pass process.argv.slice(2).

- program.parse(process.argv)
+ program.run(process.argv.slice(2))

# command.alias() signature change

Command can now have mutiple aliases. Hence command.alias() now supports multiple arguments.

command.alias("myalias") // still valid
+ command.alias("myalias", "another", "a-last-one") // now supporting multiple aliases

# command.visible() removing

command.visible(false) has been renamed to command.hide().

- command.visible(false)
+ command.hide()

# Caporal Validators

Formerly called Caporal flags.

  • program.INTEGER, program.INT and program.FLOAT have been merged and renamed to program.NUMERIC.
  • program.BOOL alias has been removed. Please use program.BOOLEAN.
  • program.LIST alias has been removed. Please use program.ARRAY.
  • program.REPEATABLE has been removed. Please use the synopsis variadic notation ... to specify an argument or an option as repeatable.
  • program.REQUIRED has been removed. Please use the required property of third parameter object in .argument() and .option() to specify an argument or an option as required.

# New features