new.py

GitHub: new.py

A simple Python templating tool

The other day I wrote a very simple Python utility, that some might find useful. It’s a command line program called new.py, which allows you to create new files or directories from templates. So, for instance, I often have common boilerplate code when writing a Python script, similar to this:

#!/usr/bin/env python

"""

Author: Gertjan van den Burg
Date:
License: GPL v3
"""

def main():
  pass


if __name__ == '__main__':
  main()

Now, I store this in the new.py template directory (by default this is ~/.newpy_templates) as the file python.py. Then, if I run new.py on the command line without any arguments, I get:

Usage: ./new.py target [output_name]
Available targets:
Name          File / Dir
----          ----------
python  ->    python.py

It’s then easy to create a file from a template, simply by running:

$ new.py python myfile.py

will generate a file named myfile.py with the contents of the python.py file in the template directory. Personally, I use this not only for python files, but also for LaTeX document templates and Beamer slides. The latter two examples are actually directories, which new.py also supports.

Finally, I have the following alias in my ~/.bashrc file:

alias new='/path/to/new.py'

which makes new.py even easier and more intuitive to use:

$ new python myfile.py

You can find new.py on GitHub.