Cod is a completion daemon for {bash,zsh}.

It detects usage of --help commands parses their output and generates auto-completions for your shell.


[[][Download]] or [[#Build][build]] =cod= binary
for your OS and put it into your =$PATH=.

Then you need to edit your init script and add few lines.


Add to =~/.bashrc=


source <(cod init $$ bash)



Add to =~/.zshrc=


source <(cod init $$ zsh)


Supported shells and operating systems

=cod= is known to work with latest version of =zsh= (tested: =v5.5.1= and
=5.7.1=) on macOS and Linux.

=cod= also works with with latest version of =bash= (tested: =4.4.20= and
=v5.0.11=) on Linux.

Note that default =bash= that is bundled with macOS is too old and =cod=
doesn't support it.


[[][Go v1.13]] is required.


git clone
cd cod
go build



Cod checks each command you run in the shell. When cod detects usage of
=--help= flag it asks if you want it to learn this command. If you choose
to allow cod to learn this command cod will run command itself parse the
output and generate completions based on the =--help= output.

How cod detects help commands

Cod performs following checks to decide if command is help invocation:

  • checks if =--help= flag is used;
  • checks that command is simple i.e. doesn't contain any pipes, file
    descriptor redirections, and other shell magic;
  • checks that command exit code is 0.

If cod cannot automatically detect that your command is help invocation
you can use =learn= subcommand to learn this command anyway.

How cod runs help commands

Cod always uses absolute paths to run program. (So it finds binary in
=PATH= or resolves relative path if required). Other arguments except
binary path are left unchanged.

Current shell environment and current shell working directory will be

If program is successfully executed cod will store:
- absolute path to binary;
- used arguments;
- working directory;
- environment variables.
This info will be used to update command if required (check:
=cod help update=).

How cod parses help output

=cod= has generic parser that works with most of help pages and
recognizes flags (starting with =-=) but doesn't recognize subcommands.

It also has a special parser tuned for
[[][python argparse library]]
that recognizes flags and subcommands.


Cod will search config in =$XDG_CONFIG_HOME/cod/config.toml= file
(default: =~/.config/cod/config.toml=).

Config file allows to specify rules to ignore executables or always trust

=cod example-config= prints example configuration to stdout.
=cod example-config --create= writes example configuration to proper config

Data directories

Cod uses =$XDG_DATA_HOME/cod= (default: =~/.local/share/cod=) to store all
generated data files.