Choice Variables (1.1+)

Choice variables provide different choices when creating a project. Depending on an user’s choice the template renders things differently.

Basic Usage

Choice variables are regular key / value pairs, but with the value being a list of strings.

For example, if you provide the following choice variable in your cookiecutter.json:

    "license": ["MIT", "BSD-3", "GNU GPL v3.0", "Apache Software License 2.0"]

you’d get the following choices when running Cookiecutter:

Select license:
1 - MIT
2 - BSD-3
3 - GNU GPL v3.0
4 - Apache Software License 2.0
Choose from 1, 2, 3, 4 [1]:

Depending on an user’s choice, a different license is rendered by Cookiecutter.

The above license choice variable creates cookiecutter.license, which can be used like this:

{%- if cookiecutter.license == "MIT" -%}
# Possible license content here

{%- elif cookiecutter.license == "BSD-3" -%}
# More possible license content here

Cookiecutter is using Jinja2’s if conditional expression to determine the correct license.

The created choice variable is still a regular Cookiecutter variable and can be used like this:


Distributed under the terms of the `{{cookiecutter.license}}`_ license,

Overwriting Default Choice Values

Choice Variables are overwritable using a User Config (0.7.0+) file.

For example, a choice variable can be created in cookiecutter.json by using a list as value:

    "license": ["MIT", "BSD-3", "GNU GPL v3.0", "Apache Software License 2.0"]

By default, the first entry in the values list serves as default value in the prompt.

Setting the default license agreement to Apache Software License 2.0 can be done using:

    license: "Apache Software License 2.0"

in the User Config (0.7.0+) file.

The resulting prompt changes and looks like:

Select license:
1 - Apache Software License 2.0
2 - MIT
3 - BSD-3
4 - GNU GPL v3.0
Choose from 1, 2, 3, 4 [1]:


As you can see the order of the options changed from 1 - MIT to 1 - Apache Software License 2.0. Cookiecutter takes the first value in the list as the default.