grunt.option

The Grunt option API is for sharing parameters across multiple tasks and accessing parameters set on the command line.

An example would be a flag to target whether your build is for development or staging. On the command line: grunt deploy --target=staging would cause grunt.option('target') to return "staging".

An example Gruntfile to utilize the target option could be:

grunt.initConfig({
  compass: {
   dev: {
     options: {
       /* ... */
       outputStyle: 'expanded'
      },
    },
    staging: {
      options: {
        /* ... */
        outputStyle: 'compressed'
      },
    },
  },
});
var target = grunt.option('target') || 'dev';
grunt.registerTask('deploy', ['compass:' + target]);

As you run grunt deploy your stylesheets would default to the dev target and output the CSS in the expanded format. If you ran grunt deploy --target=staging the staging target would instead be ran and your CSS would be in the compressed format.

grunt.option can be used within tasks as well, for example:

grunt.registerTask('upload', 'Upload code to specified target.', function(n) {
  var target = grunt.option('target');
  // do something useful with target here
});
grunt.registerTask('deploy', ['validate', 'upload']);

Note that boolean options can be specified using just a key without a value. For example, running grunt deploy --staging on the command line would cause grunt.option('staging') to return true.

grunt.option ☃

Gets or sets an option.

grunt.option(key[, val])

Boolean options can be negated by prepending no- onto the key. For example:

grunt.option('staging', false);
var isDev = grunt.option('no-staging');
// isDev === true

grunt.option.init

Initialize grunt.option. If initObject is omitted option will be initialized to an empty object otherwise will be set to initObject.

grunt.option.init([initObject])

grunt.option.flags

Returns the options as an array of command line parameters.

grunt.option.flags()