Apache Commons CLI - Boolean Option

A boolean option is represented on a command line by its presence. For example, if option is present, then its value is true, otherwise, it is considered as false. Consider the following example, where we are printing current date and if -t flag is present. Then, we will print time too.



import java.util.Calendar;
import java.util.Date;

import org.apache.commons.cli.CommandLine;
import org.apache.commons.cli.CommandLineParser;
import org.apache.commons.cli.DefaultParser;
import org.apache.commons.cli.Options;
import org.apache.commons.cli.ParseException;

public class CLITester {
   public static void main(String[] args) throws ParseException {
      Options options = new Options();
      options.addOption("t", false, "display time");
      CommandLineParser parser = new DefaultParser();
      CommandLine cmd = parser.parse( options, args);

      Calendar date = Calendar.getInstance();
      int day = date.get(Calendar.DAY_OF_MONTH);
      int month = date.get(Calendar.MONTH);
      int year = date.get(Calendar.YEAR);

      int hour = date.get(Calendar.HOUR);
      int min = date.get(Calendar.MINUTE);
      int sec = date.get(Calendar.SECOND);

      System.out.print(day + "/" + month + "/" + year);
      if(cmd.hasOption("t")) {
         System.out.print(" " + hour + ":" + min + ":" + sec);


Run the file without passing any option and see the result.

java CLITester

Run the file, while passing -t as option and see the result.

java CLITester
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