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Input and output

Every command can read and write from and to the terminal by injecting the Console interface. You don't have to configure anything, Tempests takes care of injecting the right dependencies for you behind the scenes:

use Tempest\Console\Console;

final readonly class Package
    public function __construct(
        private Console $console,
    ) {}
    public function all(): void {}

The Console interface has a bunch of methods you can use:

  • readln(): string — read one line
  • read(int $bytes): string — read a specific amount of bytes
  • write(string $contents): Console — write some text to the terminal
  • writeln(string $line = ''): Console — write a line to the terminal
  • ask(string $question, ?array $options = null, bool $multiple = false, array $validation = []): string — interactively ask a question
  • confirm(string $question, bool $default = false): bool — confirm with yes or no
  • password(string $label = 'Password', bool $confirm = false): string — retrieve a password, only works on terminals that support interactive components
  • progressBar(iterable $data, Closure $handler): array — show a progress bar while doing some work
  • info(string $line): Console — write an info styled line to the terminal
  • error(string $line): Console — write an error styled line to the terminal
  • success(string $line): Console — write a success styled line to the terminal
  • when(mixed $expression, callable $callback): Console — only perform an action when a condition is met. The console is passed to the callable.
  • component(ConsoleComponent $component, array $validation = []): mixed — render a console component.

Output styling

This packages uses tempest/highlight to style console output. You can use HTML-like tags to style the output like so:


The following tags are available:

  • <em>Emphasize</em> results in Emphasize
  • <strong>Strong</strong> results in Strong
  • <u>Underline</u> results in Underline
  • <h1>Header 1</h1> results in Header 1
  • <h2>Header 2</h2> results in Header 2
  • <question>Question</question> results in Question
  • <error>Error</error> results in Error
  • <success>Success</success> results in Success
  • <comment>Comment</comment> results in /* Comment */

Exit codes

Console commands may return an exit code if they wish to, but that's optional. If no exit code is provided, one will be automatically determined for you.

use Tempest\Console\ExitCode

final readonly class Package
    public function all(): ExitCode 
        if (! $this->hasBeenSetup()) {
            return ExitCode::ERROR;
        // …
        return ExitCode::SUCCESS;