The most simple code may be the following (extracted from the documentation):

  verbose: boolean;
  threads: integer;
with Executable.Command do                                                        
  ExeDescription := 'An executable to test mORMot Execute.Command';               
  verbose := Option(['v', 'verbose'], 'generate verbose output');                 
  Get(['t', 'threads'], threads, '#number of threads to run', 5);                 

This code will fill verbose and threads local variables from the command line (with some optional default value), and output on Linux:

An executable to test mORMot Execute.Command

Usage: mormot2tests [options] [params]

  -v, --verbose       generate verbose output

  -t, --threads <number> (default 5)
                      number of threads to run

So, not only you can parse the command line and retrieve values, but you can also add some description text, and let generate an accurate help message when needed.

You can note that the # character is used to mark the keyword to be used as value name for a given parameter, to make the text more meaningful.
For instance, '#number of threads to run' will generate a nice -t, --threads <number> text for the parameter description.

For a most typical use case, you may look at our TFB Benchmarking Sample source code:

  // parse command line parameters
  with Executable.Command do
    ExeDescription := 'TFB Server using mORMot 2';
    if Option(['p', 'pin'], 'pin each server to a CPU') then
      pinServers2Cores := true;
    if Option('nopin', 'disable the CPU pinning') then
      pinServers2Cores := false; // no option would keep the default boolean
    Get(['s', 'servers'], servers, '#count of servers (listener sockets)', servers);
    Get(['t', 'threads'], threads, 'per-server thread pool #size', threads);
    if Option(['?', 'help'], 'display this message') then
    if ConsoleWriteUnknown then

This would generate such a description:

d:\dev\lib2\ex\techempower-bench\exe>raw /?
TFB Server using mORMot 2

Usage: raw [options] [params]

  /p, /pin            pin each server to a CPU
      /nopin          disable the CPU pinning
  /?, /help           display this message

  /s, /servers <count> (default 1)
                      count of servers (listener sockets)
  /t, /threads <size> (default 8)
                      per-server thread pool size

It will accept commands like this on Windows:

raw /p /t=10
raw /t 10 /s 2 /pin
raw /servers=2 /threads=8 /nopin
raw /servers 2 /threads 8 /nopin

And, on Linux/POSIX, you could write as usual:

./raw -p -t=10
./raw -t 10 -s 2 --pin
./raw --servers=2 --threads=8 --nopin
./raw --servers 2 --threads 8 --nopin

Note that both -t 10 and -t=10 syntax are accepted.

As you may have guessed it, ConsoleWriteUnknown is able to notify the user that a wrong switch has been used - and display the help message.

This function is available in the base mormot.core.os.pas unit of the framework.

And feedback is welcome in our forum, as usual!

We hope you find it useful! :)