I've been looking for a templating tool for awhile that works well with single files. My go to templating tool cookiecutter does not work for single files, it needs to put files into a directory underneath of it.

template variables

By default copier uses double square brackets for its variables. variables in files, directory_names, or file_names will be substituted for their value once you render them.

# hello-py/hello.py.tmpl

note! by default copier will not inject variables into your [[template-strings]] unless you use a .tmpl suffix.

Before running copier we need to tell copier what variables to ask for, we do this with a copier.yml file.

# copier.yml
  default: my_name
  type: str
  help: What is your name

installing copier

I prefer to install cli tools that I need globally with pipx, this always gives me access to the tool without worrying about dependency conflicts, bloating my system site-packages, or managing a separate virtual environment for it myself.

pipx install copier

running copier

When running copier copy we pass in the directory of the template, and the directory that we want to render the template into.

copier copy hello-py .

note! the directory '.' is often referred to in cli programs to represent the current working directory that we are calling the command from.


The resulting files will have your variables injected into them if you have setup your template and copier.yml up correctly.