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CI Crates

A shell-script based task runner.



With cargo

cargo install --force runme

Binaries on macOS, Linux, Windows

Download from Github Releases, unzip and add runme to your $PATH.

GitHub Actions

extractions/setup-crate can be used to install just in a GitHub Actions workflow.

- uses: extractions/setup-crate@v1
    owner: sigoden
    name: runme

Get Started

First, run runme --runme-create build test to quickly create boilerplate Runmefile.sh

#!/usr/bin/env bash

# @cmd build project
# @alias b
build() {
    echo Run build

# @cmd test project
test() {
    echo Run test

eval "$(runme --runme-eval "$0" "$@")"

To define a new task, simply create the bash function and add the @cmd above it. Task is just function

$ runme -h
USAGE: Runmefile.sh <COMMAND>

  build  build project [aliases: b]
  test   test project

$ runme test
Run test
$ runme b
Run build

Runme uses argc to parse Runmefile.


Cross platform

runme binary is available in linux, macos, and windows.

runme depends on bash which already built into linux/macos. In windows, runme automatically locates and uses bash that comes with git by default.

Gnu tools like ls, rm, grep, sed, awk... also provided with bash, so you can uses them freely and confidently in the Runmefile.

Task parameters

Use comment tags to define task parameters.

  • @arg: define positional argument
  • @option: define option argument
  • @flag: define flag argument
# @cmd Download a file
# @alias    d
# @flag     -f --force              Override existing file
# @option   -t --tries <NUM>        Set number of retries to NUM
# @arg      source!                 Url to download from
# @arg      target                  Save file to
download() {
    echo "cmd:                      download"
    echo "flag:   --force           $argc_force"
    echo "option: --tries           $argc_tries"
    echo "arg:    source            $argc_source"
    echo "arg:    target            $argc_target"
$ runme download -h
Download a file

USAGE: Runmefile.sh download [OPTIONS] <SOURCE> [TARGET]

  <SOURCE>  Url to download from
  [TARGET]  Save file to

  -f, --force        Override existing file
  -t, --tries <NUM>  Set number of retries to NUM
  -h, --help         Print help information
$ runme download  -f --tries 3 from.txt to.txt
cmd:                      download
flag:   --force           1
option: --tries           3
arg:    source            from.txt
arg:    target            to.txt

You can also use shell variables to access task parameters.

# @cmd
run() {
  echo $2 $1 $#
$ runme run foo bar
bar foo 2

Task aliases

# @cmd
# @alias t,tst
test() {
  echo "Test..."
$ runme t

Task dependencies

Dependencies are established by function calling.

# @cmd
bar() { foo;
  echo bar
baz; }

# @cmd
foo() {
  echo foo

# @cmd
baz() { 
  echo baz
$ runme bar

Task group

Tasks can be semantically grouped with _, -, @, ., :.

# @cmd
test@unit() {}
# @cmd
test@bin() {}

# @cmd
app.build() {}
# @cmd
app.test() {}

Default task

When runme is invoked without a task name, it runs the main function. If the main function does not exist, runme will print help information.

main() { 

# @cmd
foo() {
  echo foo
$ runme

Advanced Topics


Shell completion scripts are available for bash/zsh/fish/powershell.

Customize shell path

You can use environment variable RUNME_SHELL to customize shell path.

RUNME_SHELL="C:\\Program Files\\Git\\bin\\bash.exe"

Customize script name

By default, runme searches for runme script file of the following:

  • Runmefile.sh or Runmefile
  • runmefile.sh or runmefile

You can use environment variable RUNME_SCRIPT to custom script name.



Copyright (c) 2022 runme-developers.

runme is made available under the terms of either the MIT License or the Apache License 2.0, at your option.

See the LICENSE-APACHE and LICENSE-MIT files for license details.


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