Code Quality Rank: L3
Programming language: C++
Tags: CLI    
Latest version: v1.73.0

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Program Options, part of the collection of Boost C++ Libraries, allows for definition and acquisition of (name, value) pairs from the user via conventional methods such as command line and config file. It is roughly analogous to getopt_long, but for use with C++.


Distributed under the Boost Software License, Version 1.0.


  • C++03
  • Requires Linking

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build build script for link library
ci continuous integration scripts
doc documentation
example use case examples
include headers
src source code for link library
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  • Ask questions: Be sure to read the documentation first to see if it answers your question.
  • Report bugs: Be sure to mention Boost version, platform and compiler you're using. A small compilable code sample to reproduce the problem is always good as well.
  • Submit Pull Requests against the develop branch. Note that by submitting patches you agree to license your modifications under the Boost Software License, Version 1.0. Be sure to include tests proving your changes work properly.
  • Discussions about the library are held on the Boost developers mailing list. Be sure to read the discussion policy before posting and add the [program_options] tag at the beginning of the subject line.

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Boost.Program_options README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.