Macos – How to pass command line arguments in Mac Application

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I have created a Command line tool application ( Xocde –> New App –> Command line tool) and it's running without any problems. Now i want to run it through terminal and pass some command line arguments, something like this:

int main(int argc, const char * argv[])
    std::cout << "got "<<argc<<" arguments";
    for ( int i = 0; i<argc;i++){
        std::cout << "argument:"<<i<<"= "<<argv[i];
    //// some other piece of code 

If I type in the terminal:

open VisiMacXsltConverter --args fdafsdfasf

I am getting the following output:

got 1 argumentsargument:0= /Applications/VisiMacXsltConverte

I want to know what is the correct way to pass arguments through command line.

When i tried

open  AppName --rwqrw
open: unrecognized option `--rwqrw'
Usage: open [-e] [-t] [-f] [-W] [-R] [-n] [-g] [-h] [-b <bundle identifier>] [-a <application>] [filenames] [--args arguments]
Help: Open opens files from a shell.
      By default, opens each file using the default application for that file.  
      If the file is in the form of a URL, the file will be opened as a URL.
      -a                Opens with the specified application.
      -b                Opens with the specified application bundle identifier.
      -e                Opens with TextEdit.
      -t                Opens with default text editor.
      -f                Reads input from standard input and opens with TextEdit.
      -F  --fresh       Launches the app fresh, that is, without restoring windows. Saved persistent state is lost, excluding Untitled documents.
      -R, --reveal      Selects in the Finder instead of opening.
      -W, --wait-apps   Blocks until the used applications are closed (even if they were already running).
          --args        All remaining arguments are passed in argv to the application's main() function instead of opened.
      -n, --new         Open a new instance of the application even if one is already running.
      -j, --hide        Launches the app hidden.
      -g, --background  Does not bring the application to the foreground.
      -h, --header      Searches header file locations for headers matching the given filenames, and opens them.

Best Answer

Don't use open to launch command-line applications. It's supposed to be used to run OS X applications that are wrapped in application bundles. Launch Services doesn't recognize your program as an application, just try to run open -a VisiMacXsltConverter...

Just specify its (absolute or relative path) so it's not searched in $PATH. Either of the following will work, of course depending on your current working directory and where the program is stored:

./VisiMacXsltConverter a "b c"
/Users/rohan/Documents/VisiMacXsltConverter/VisiMacXsltConverter a "b c"