A command-line wrapper to the SPDX license list.
This program is an Elixir escript, so you will need to install Elixir first.
Once Elixir is installed, you can install the escript using
mix escript.install hex spdx_cli
This will install the script to
~/.mix/escripts, which you should add to your
If you're using
asdf to manage your Elixir version--which you should--
you will just need to run
asdf reshim after installing, and you don't need to update your
You can also install this command via Docker:
docker run ghcr.io/cantido/spdx_cli --help
spdx to download license texts.
You will need to know the SPDX identifier for your license.
$ spdx MIT MIT License Copyright (c) <year> <copyright holders> Permission is hereby granted...
Pipe this into a file, and boom, you've got your license!
spdx MIT > LICENSE
You can also use
spdx ls to list all licenses in the database, possibly for piping into
spdx ls | grep 'Creative Commmons' | wc -l 49
Check out the Free Software Foundation Europe's REUSE helper tool. It can lint your project against the REUSE specification, which makes it easier for other people to reuse your work. It can also download licenses, and add licensing headers to your source files.
Please suggest more cool stuff I can do with this!
Questions and pull requests are more than welcome. I follow Elixir's tenet of bad documentation being a bug, so if anything is unclear, please file an issue or ask on the mailing list! Ideally, my answer to your question will be in an update to the docs.
Please see CONTRIBUTING.md for all the details you could ever want about helping me with this project.
Note that this project is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By participating in this project you agree to abide by its terms.
Copyright 2021 Rosa Richter
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