Module npm-init-template - v1.1.0


This is a library for building npm init packages more easily, by providing a set of utility functions for collecting information and then creating the starter package from a folder of template files.


Create a package that exports a single bin command:

"name": "create-my-special-thing",
"version": "1.0.0",
"description": "npm init my-special-thing",
"bin": "index.mjs"

Then in that bin script (shown here as index.mjs), put code like this:

#!/usr/bin/env node
import { Init } from 'npm-init-template'

// Provide it with the path to this file, so we know how to find
// the template files. If using commonjs, use __filename instead.
const { prompt, build, values, positionals, run } = new Init(

// any prompts that the user already set in the command line,
// like with --foo=bar will be automatically set in the values
// already, and will skip the prompt
// Otherwise, these will update the values object appropriately.
await prompt('What is your name?', 'name')
await prompt('What is your quest?', 'quest')
// third arg is passed as options to `read`
await prompt('What is your favorite color?', 'color', {
default: 'blue',
await prompt(
'What is the flight average velocity of an unladen sparrow?',

if (values.sparrow === "I don't know") {
throw new Error('AAAHHHH!!!!')

await build({
// The folder where the templates live
// Any files that named *.mustache will be expanded using
// the values object built up by the prompts.
// Any other kinds of files will be copied as-is.
// Default is './templates'

// templates: './templates',

// Set the settings for template file handling.
// By default:
// Any file named *.{json,js,ts,jsx,tsx}.mustache will use the
// template tags <% %> instead of {{ }}, and JSON.stringify
// escaping instead of HTML escaping.
// Any file named *.{html,xhtml,xml}.mustache will be escaped using
// HTML escaping by default.
// Any other kind of *.mustache file will not escape values
// (default behavior can be overridden by setting the '*'
// member here)
// add/adjust as you see fit

// templateSettings: {
// bash: {
// tags: ['(%', '%)'],
// escape: text => JSON.stringify(text),
// }
// },

// of course, you can also change the mustache tags in the
// template itself, using the syntax like `{{=(% %)=}}`

// the folder to build the package in. To build in place,
// use `target: '.'`
// this is required.
// positionals is the positional arguments read by parseArgs
target: positionals[0] || `${}-${}`,

// glob pattern(s) of template files to include, defaults to '**'
// You can use this for example to conditionally only include
// tsconfig and .ts files if the user has opted into typescript
// This is matched against the file being written, so without
// the '.mustache' extension.
// include: '**',
// include: ['tsconfig*.json', 'src/**/*.ts'],

// excludes take priority over includes. This will omit
// templates from the built results. Defaults to undefined (ie,
// include everything.)
// exclude: 'files/to/exclude/**',

// after building, you can run stuff in the folder, if you want
await run('npm install')

In ./templates/quest.html.mustache, you can put mustache templates, something like this:

<body style="background-color:{{ color }}">
<h1>Hello, {{name}}!</h1>
<p>Good luck on {{quest}}.</p>
The average flight velocity of an unladen sparrow is {{ sparrow

JSON files use JSON.stringify as the default escaping mechanism, so in templates/package.json.mustache, you can put something like this:

"name": <% name %>,
"description": <% quest %>

Templates can also include each other as partials, each will be loaded with its name relative to the templates folder.

<body style="background-color:{{ color }}">
<h1>Hello, {{name}}!</h1>
<p>Good luck on {{quest}}.</p>
The average flight velocity of an unladen sparrow is {{ sparrow

<p>Your `package.json` file is:</p>



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