Python argparse command line flags without arguments

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How do I add an optional flag to my command line args?

eg. so I can write

python myprog.py 

or

python myprog.py -w

I tried

parser.add_argument('-w')

But I just get an error message saying

Usage [-w W]
error: argument -w: expected one argument

which I take it means that it wants an argument value for the -w option. What's the way of just accepting a flag?

I'm finding http://docs.python.org/library/argparse.html rather opaque on this question.

Best Solution

As you have it, the argument w is expecting a value after -w on the command line. If you are just looking to flip a switch by setting a variable True or False, have a look here (specifically store_true and store_false)

import argparse

parser = argparse.ArgumentParser()
parser.add_argument('-w', action='store_true')

where action='store_true' implies default=False.

Conversely, you could haveaction='store_false', which implies default=True.