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A curated list of command line apps.

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Table of Contents


Entertainment

  • football-cli – Get live scores, fixtures, standings of almost every football competition/league.
  • pockyt – Read, Manage, and Automate your Pocket collection.
  • newsboat – An extendable RSS feed reader for text terminals.

Social Media

  • facebook-cli – Facebook command line interface.
  • TTYtter – Twitter client.
  • Rainbowstream – A smart and nice Twitter client on the terminal.
  • tuir – Reddit TUI.
  • WeeChat – Fast, light and extensible chat client.
  • irssi – IRC chat client.
  • kirc – Tiny IRC client.

Video

  • youtube-dl – Download videos from YouTube.com and many other video sites.
  • streamlink – Extract streams from various websites to a video player of your choosing.
  • mps-youtube – Youtube player.
  • mpv – Superior video player.
  • editly – Declarative video editing.

Games

  • Dwarf Fortress – Roguelike construction and management simulation.
  • Cataclysm-DDA – Turn-based survival game set in a post-apocalyptic world.

Books

Development

  • bcal – Byte CALculator for storage conversions and calculations.
  • cgasm – Gives x86 assembly documentation.
  • legit – Generate Open Source licences as files or file headers.
  • mklicense – Create a custom LICENSE file painlessly with customized info.
  • rebound – Fetch Stack Overflow results in your terminal when you get a compiler error.
  • grip – Preview markdown files with GitHub styles before committing them.
  • bitwise – Base conversion and bit manipulator in ncurses.
  • foy – Lightweight general purpose task runner/build tool.

Text Editors

  • emacs – An extensible, customizable, free/libre text editor — and more.
  • vim – Vim – the ubiquitous text editor.
  • neovim – Vim fork focused on extensibility and usability.
  • kakoune – Modal editor inspired by vim.
  • micro – A simple and intuitive editor.

Web Development

  • caniuse-cmd – Search caniuse.com about browser support of feature.
  • is-up-cli – Check whether a website is up.
  • pageres-cli – Capture website screenshots.
  • strip-css-comments-cli – Strip comments from CSS.
  • viewport-list-cli – Return a list of devices and their viewports.
  • surge – Deploy a directory to the web.
  • acmetool – An automatic certificate acquisition tool for ACME (Let’s Encrypt).
  • loadtest – Runs a load test on the selected URL. Easy to extend minimally for your own ends.
  • wp-cli – Manage WordPress installations, update plugins, set up multisite installs and much more.
  • diff2html-cli – Parse git diffs as JSON and generate pretty HTML.
  • HTTPie – A user-friendly HTTP client.
  • serve – Easy to use static file server with features like https, CORS and GZIP compression.
  • add-gitignore – Interactively generate a .gitignore for your project based on your needs.
  • Discharge – Deploy static websites to Amazon S3.
  • reachable – Check if a domain is up.
  • simplehttp – Easily serve a local directory over http.
  • shell2http – Execute shell commands via HTTP server.
  • HTTP Prompt – Interactive HTTP client featuring autocomplete and syntax highlighting.
  • ipfs-deploy – Deploy static websites to IPFS.

Mobile Development

  • mobicon-cli – Mobile app icon generator.
  • mobisplash-cli – Mobile app splash screen generator.
  • deviceframe – Put device frames around your mobile/web/progressive app screenshots.

Database

  • mycli – MySQL client with autocompletion and syntax highlighting.
  • pgcli – Postgres client with autocompletion and syntax highlighting.
  • sqlline – Shell for issuing SQL via JDBC.
  • iredis – Redis client with autocompletion and syntax highlighting.

Devops

  • htconvert – Convert .htaccess redirects to nginx.conf redirects.
  • aws-cli – Universal Interface for Amazon Web Services.
  • azure-cli – Command-line tools for Azure.
  • SAWS – Supercharged AWS CLI.
  • s3cmd – Fully-Featured S3 client.
  • lstags – Synchronize Docker images across different registries.
  • pm2 – Production Process Manager for Node.js.
  • dockly – Interactively manage Docker containers.
  • ops – Unikernel compilation and orchestration tool.
  • lazydocker – Simple docker/docker-compose interface.
  • flog – A fake log generator for log formats such as apache-common, apache error and RFC3164 syslog.
  • isitfit – Manage AWS EC2 rightsizing.
  • docker-shell – Simple interactive docker interface.

Release

  • release-it – Automate releases for Git repositories and/or npm packages. Changelog generation, GitHub/GitLab releases, etc.
  • clog – A conventional changelog for the rest of us.
  • np – A better npm publish.
  • release – Generate changelogs with a single command.

Npm

  • npm-name-cli – Check whether a package name is available on npm.
  • npm-user-cli – Get user info of a npm user.
  • npm-home – Open the npm page of the package in the current directory.
  • pkg-dir-cli – Find the root directory of a npm package.
  • npm-check-updates – Find newer versions of package dependencies than what your package.json allows.
  • updates – Flexible npm dependency update tool.
  • wipe-modules – Remove node_modules of inactive projects.

Boilerplate

  • yo – Scaffolding tool for running Yeoman generators.
  • boilr – Create projects from boilerplate templates.
  • cookiecutter – Create projects from templates.
  • mevn-cli – Light speed setup for MEVN (Mongo Express Vue Node) Apps.
  • scaffold-static – Scaffolding utility for vanilla JS.

Productivity

  • AutoScreenshotUploader – Capture and upload screenshots to imgur.
  • bitly-client – Bitly client.
  • doing – Keep track of what you’re doing and track what you’ve done.
  • ffscreencast – A ffmpeg screencast with video overlay and multi monitor support.
  • imgur-uploader-cli – Upload images to imgur.
  • meetup-cli – Meetup.com client.
  • NeoMutt – Email client.
  • terjira – Jira client.
  • ipt – Pivotal Tracker client.
  • g3l – Easiest git cli in the w0rld!
  • uber-cli – Uber client.
  • Buku – Browser-independent bookmark manager.
  • googler – Google from the terminal.
  • papis – Extensible document and bibliography manager.

Time Tracking

  • Timetrap – Simple command-line timetracker.
  • moro – Simple tool for tracking work hours.
  • Timewarrior – Utility with simple stopwatch, calendar-based backfill and flexible reporting.
  • Watson – Generate reports for clients and manage your time.
  • utt – Simple time tracking tool.

Note Taking and Lists

  • idea – A lightweight tool for keeping ideas in a safe place quick and easy.
  • geeknote – Evernote client.
  • Taskwarrior – Manage your TODO list from your command-line.
  • Terminal velocity – A fast note-taking app for the terminal.
  • eureka – Store your ideas without leaving the terminal.
  • sncli – Simplenote client.
  • td-cli – A TODO manager to organize and manage your TODO’s across multiple projects.
  • taskell – Interactive kanban board/task manager.
  • taskbook – Tasks, boards & notes for the command-line habitat.
  • dnote – A interactive, multi-device notebook.

Finance

  • ledger – Powerful, double-entry accounting system on the terminal
  • moeda – Foreign exchange rates and currency conversion.
  • cash-cli – Convert Currency Rates.

Presentations

  • WOPR – A simple markup language for creating rich terminal reports, presentations and infographics.
  • decktape – PDF exporter for HTML presentations.
  • mdp – A command-line based markdown presentation tool.
  • sent – Simple plaintext presentation tool.

Calendars

  • calcurse – Calendar and scheduling.
  • gcalcli – Google calendar client.
  • khal – CalDAV ready CLI and TUI calendar.
  • vdirsyncer – CalDAV sync.

Utilities

  • archive-type-cli – Detect archive type for a file or stdin.
  • s – Open a web search in your terminal.
  • aria2 – HTTP, FTP, SFTP, BitTorrent and Metalink download utility.
  • wego – Get the weather.
  • weather-cli – Check the weather.
  • mapscii – Terminal Map Viewer.
  • getnews.tech – Fetch news headlines from various news outlets.
  • carbon-now-cli – Generate beautiful images of your code.
  • pass – Password manager.
  • awesome-finder – Search the awesome lists without a browser.
  • mdv – Styled terminal markdown viewer.
  • shallow-backup – Git integrated backup tool.

macOS

Terminal Sharing Utilities

  • gotty – Share your terminal as a web application.
  • localtunnel – Expose your localhost to the world for easy testing and sharing.
  • mosh – Remote SSH client that allows roaming with intermittent connectivity.
  • ngrok – Secure introspectable tunnels to localhost.
  • serveo – Expose local servers to the internet using only a SSH client.
  • seashells.io – Pipe output to the web.
  • teleconsole – Share your UNIX terminal.
  • tmate – Instant terminal (tmux) sharing.
  • warp – Secure and simple terminal sharing.
  • OverTime – Time-overlap tables for remote teams.

Network Utilities

Theming and Customization

  • splash-cli – Beautiful wallpapers from Unsplash.
  • wallpaper-cli – Get or set the desktop wallpaper.
  • themer – Generate personalized themes for your editor, terminal, wallpaper, Slack, and more.
  • JackPaper – Set images from Unsplash as wallpaper.
  • pywal – Generate and change color-schemes, then apply them system-wide to all of your favourite programs.
  • QuickWall – Directly set wallpapers from Unsplash.

Shell Utilities

  • has – Checks for the presence of various commands and their versions on the path.
  • Ultimate Plumber – Write Linux pipes with live previews.
  • fkill-cli – Simple cross-platform process killer.
  • task-spooler – Queue jobs for linear execution.
  • undollar – Strip the ‘$’ preceding copy-pasted terminal commands.
  • pipe_exec – Run executables from stdin, pipes and ttys without creating a temporary file.

System Interaction Utilities

Command Line Learning

  • cmdchallenge – presents small shell challenge with user submitted solutions.
  • explainshell – type a command line snippet to see the help text for each argument.
  • howdoi – Instant coding answers via the command line.
  • how2 – Finds the simplest way to do something on a unix bash command line (Nodejs implementation of howdoi).
  • The Fuck – Magnificent app which corrects your previous console command.
  • tldr – Simplified and community-driven man pages.
  • Wat – Instant, central, community-built docs.
  • teachcode – A tool to develop and improve a student’s programming skills by introducing the earliest lessons of coding.
  • navi – Interactive cheatsheet tool.

Data Manipulation

Processors

  • jq – JSON processor.
  • yq – YAML processor.
  • dasel – JSON/YAML/TOML/XML processor (like jq/yq).
  • yaml-cli – Query/update YAML.
  • ramda-cli – Process data with functional pipelines.

JSON

  • jp – JSON parser.
  • fx – Command-line JSON viewer.
  • vj – Makes JSON human readable.
  • underscore-cli – Utility-belt for hacking JSON and Javascript.
  • strip-json-comments-cli – Strip comments from JSON.
  • GROQ – JSON processor with queries and projections.

Columns

  • parse-columns-cli – Parse text columns to JSON.
  • q – Execution of SQL-like queries on CSV/TSV/tabular text file.

Text

  • figlet – Creates large text out of ASCII characters.
  • stegcloak – Hide secrets with invisible characters in plain text securely using passwords.

Files and Directories

File Managers

  • ranger – A console file manager with VI key bindings.
  • midnight-commander – A feature rich visual file manager.
  • organize-cli – Organize your files, imagine cleaning up your downloads in an instant.
  • Vifm – Vifm is an ncurses based file manager with vi like keybindings/modes/options/commands/configuration, which also borrows some useful ideas from mutt.
  • nnn – File browser and disk usage analyzer with excellent desktop integration.
  • lf – Fast, extensively customizable file manager.
  • fff – Fast, simple file manager.

Deleting, Copying, and Renaming

  • trash-cli – Move files and directories to the trash.
  • empty-trash-cli – Empty the trash.
  • del-cli – Delete files and folders.
  • cpy-cli – Copies files.
  • rename-cli – A cross-platform tool for renaming files quickly, especially multiple files at once.
  • renameutils – Mass renaming in your editor.

Files

  • chokidar-cli – CLI to watch file system changes.
  • file-type-cli – Detect the file type of a file or stdin.
  • DocToc – Generates table of contents for markdown files inside local git repository. Links are compatible with anchors generated by github or other sites.
  • bat – A cat clone with syntax highlighting.
  • NCDu – A disk usage analyzer with an ncurses interface.
  • unix-permissions – Swiss Army knife for Unix permissions
  • rclone – Sync files to and from various cloud providers (Dropbox, Google Drive, Onedrive, etc.).
  • transmission-cli – Torrent client for your command line.
  • ffsend – Fully featured CLI for Firefox Send – simple and private file sharing.
  • webtorrent-cli – Streaming torrent client.
  • share-cli – Share files with your local network.
  • google-drive-upload – Upload/sync with Google Drive.
  • gdrive-downloader – Download files/folders from Google Drive.
  • entr – Run an arbitrary command when files change.

Directory Listing

  • alder – Minimal tree with colors.
  • exa – Improved version of ls.
  • tretree with git awareness, editor aliasing, and more.
  • llls with git status.

Directory Navigation

  • autojump – A cd command that learns – easily navigate directories from the command line.
  • fasd – Command-line productivity booster, offers quick access to files and directories, inspired by autojump, z and v.
  • pm – The easy way to switch to your projects on the shell.
  • z – z is the new j, yo.
  • PathPicker – After parsing the output from a command, PathPicker presents you with a nice UI to select which files you’re interested in.
  • fz – Seamless fuzzy tab completion for z.
  • goto – Directory aliases for the shell with autocomplete.
  • z.luacd command that learns your habits.
  • zoxide – Fast directory jumper in Rust.

Search

  • happyfinder – (another) Fuzzy file finder for the command line.
  • find-up-cli – Find a file by walking up parent directories.
  • ripgrep – A line-oriented search tool that recursively searches your current directory for a regex pattern.
  • fzf – A general purpose command-line fuzzy finder, can be used with any list: files/directories, command history, processes, hostnames, bookmarks, git commits, etc.
  • fselect – Find files with SQL-like queries.
  • fd – A simple, fast and user-friendly alternative to find.
  • broot – Fuzzy finder similar to fzf, but with space usage visualization.

Version Control

Git

  • CLI GitHub – 📺 A fancy GitHub client for command line.
  • Gistup – Create a gist from terminal, then use git to update it.
  • git commander – A git tool with a easy terminal interface.
  • git-stats – 🍀 A GitHub-like contributions calendar, but locally, with all your git commits.
  • hub – A command-line wrapper for git that makes you better at GitHub.
  • dev-time – Get the current local time of a GitHub user.
  • git-labelmaker – Edit GitHub labels from the command line.
  • tig – Text-mode interface for Git.
  • grv – Text-mode interface for Git with customisable vi bindings.
  • git-standup – Recall what you did on the last working day.
  • git-secret – Store your private data inside a git repository.
  • gitlab-cli – gitlab cli for creating merge request from the command line.
  • git-extras – Little git extras like git-ignore, git-setup, git-changelog, git-release, git-effort and more.
  • gita – Manage multiple git repos side by side for sanity.
  • readme-md-generator – Generate README.md files interactively.
  • semantic-git-commit-cli – Ensure semantic commits messages.
  • import-github-labels-cli – Sync labels between Github repos.
  • git-all-branches – Improved git branch -a.

Images

Gif Creation

  • gifgen – Simple high quality GIF encoding.
  • gifsicle – Create, manipulate, and optimize GIF images and animations.
  • ttygif – Convert terminal recordings to animated gifs.
  • ttygif – ttyrec to gif.
  • ttystudio – A terminal-to-gif recorder minus the headaches.
  • asciinema – Terminal session recorder and the best companion of asciinema.org.
  • givegif – GIFs on the command line.

Image Conversion

  • imgp – Blazing fast batch image resizer and rotator.
  • korkut – Quick and simple image processing.
  • imagemagick – Gold standard for anything images.

SVG

  • SVGO – SVG Optimizer is a Nodejs-based tool for optimizing SVG vector graphics files.

Screensavers

  • cmatrix – Show a scrolling ‘Matrix’ like screen.
  • pipes.sh – Shows random pipes that grow across the screen.
  • YuleLog – Terminal based Christmas YuleLog fireplace.
  • cli-fireplace – Shows digital fireplace.

Graphics

  • cli-mandelbrot – A cli for traversing the Mandelbrot fractal.
  • sparkly-cli – Generate sparklines ▁▂▃▅▂▇..
  • pastel – Generate, analyze, convert and manipulate colors.

Just for Fun

  • cowsay – A configurable talking cow (and other animals).
  • quote-cli – Get a random quote or the quote of the day in your CLI.
  • fortune – Shows a random fortune.
  • ponysay – Pony rewrite of cowsay.
  • yosay – Like cowsay, but for yeoman.
  • lolcat – Outputs text in rainbow colors.
  • text-meme – Generate text memes.
  • dankcli – Add text to meme image templates.
  • ricksay – Quotes from Rick and Morty.

Other

  • birthday – Know when a friend’s birthday is coming.
  • detect-indent-cli – Detect the indentation of code.
  • fullname-cli – Get the fullname of the current user.
  • gzip-size-cli – Get the gzipped size of a file or stdin.
  • HASHA -cli – Hashing made simple. Get the hash of text or stdin.
  • kill-tabs – Kill all Chrome tabs to improve performance, decrease battery usage, and save memory.
  • leven-cli – Measure the difference between two strings using the Levenshtein distance algorithm.
  • mdlt – Do quick math right from the command line.
  • medium-cli – Read medium.com stories within your terminal, also gives top stories.
  • open-shortcut-cli – Open the URL from a web shortcut file in the browser.
  • shortcut-url-cli – Get the URL from a web shortcut file.
  • to-double-quotes – Convert matching single-quotes to double-quotes: I ‘love’ unicorns => I “love” unicorns.
  • to-single-quotes – Convert matching double-quotes to single-quotes: I “love” unicorns → I ‘love’ unicorns.
  • gdb-dashboard – Modular visual interface for GDB in Python.
  • hget – Render websites in plain text from your terminal.
  • google-wifi-status – A Node.js CLI app that displays status of your Google Wifi / OnHub router.
  • calories – Calories and weight tracker.
  • trino – Trino CLI allows a quick and easy translation of words and phrases entered in the command line.
  • alex – This enhances texts with checking for insensitive, inconsiderate writing by catching many possible offences.
  • xiringuito – A “poor man’s VPN”. An SSH-based “VPN” that’s easy to install, but with slower performance than a real VPN.
  • nasa-cli – Download NASA Picture of the Day from your terminal.
  • googlr – Search Google from the command line.
  • Qalculate – Calculate non-trival math expressions. Unit conversions, symbolic calculations and more.
  • translate-shell – Google Translate interface.

Emoji

  • emoj – Find relevant emoji from text on the command-line.
  • emoji-finder – Quickly find and copy emoji to the clipboard via the command-line.
  • oji – Interactive text emoji maker.
  • gitmoji-cli – Use emoji in commit messages.
  • gitmoji-changelog – Generate gitmoji changelogs.

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