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A curated list of awesome command-line frameworks, toolkits, guides and gizmos.
- Command-Line Productivity
- For Developers
- System Utilities
- Downloading and Serving
- Multimedia and File Formats
- Shell Package Management
- Shell Script Development
- Other Awesome Lists
Choose your base shell.
- bash – GNU Project’s shell (Bourne Again SHell)
- elvish – Friendly, expressive shell features like anonymous functions and data structures
- es – The extensible shell, based on Plan 9’s rc shell
- fish – Smart and user-friendly command line shell
- ion – A modern system shell that features a simple, yet powerful, syntax. It is written entirely in Rust.
- ksh93 – Korn Shell
- mksh – MirBSD Korn Shell
- nushell – A modern shell written in Rust
- oksh – Portable OpenBSD ksh
- osh – Bash compatible, with new/modern Unix shell language called Oil
- pdksh – Public domain Korn shell
- shell++ – Friendly and modern functional and object oriented shell script language
- shenv – Simple shell version management
- tcsh – C shell with file name completion and command line editing
- xonsh – Python-ish, BASHwards-looking shell language and command prompt
- yash – A POSIX-compliant command line shell with built-in support for completion and prediction based on command history
- zsh – Powerful shell with scripting language
Search, bookmarks, multiplexing, and other tools that make your terminal experience more productive.
- AdvancedNewFile – Fast creation of files and directories in a recursive way. Inspired by the Vim plugin.
- ag – Super fast string search through a directory hierarchy
- aliases – Contextual, dynamic, organized aliases for bash
- autoenv – Directory-based environments
- bashhub – ☁️ Bash history in the cloud. Indexed and searchable.
- boilr – A blazingly fast CLI tool for creating projects from boilerplate templates.
- boom – Store links and snippets in the command line
- borg – A terminal based search engine for bash commands
- browsh – The modern text-based browser
- Buku – Powerful command-line bookmark manager
- byobu – Text-based window manager and terminal multiplexer
- cod — A completion daemon for shell that learns when you invoke
- CloudClip – Your own clipboard in the cloud, copy and paste text with gist between different systems
- ddgr – DuckDuckGo from the terminal
- desk – A lightweight workspace manager for the shell
- direnv – An environment switcher for the shell, compare with autoenv
- dnote – A simple command line notebook with multi-device sync and web interface
- eureka – 💡 CLI tool to input and store your ideas without leaving the terminal
- fasd – Command-line productivity booster, offers quick access to files and directories
- fd – A simple, fast and user-friendly alternative to find.
- foxy – Plain text bookmarks for Firefox and surf browsers.
- fselect – Find files with SQL-like queries.
- funky – Extends functionality of shell functions making them more powerful and flexible.
- fz – Seamless fuzzy tab completion for z
- fzf – A command-line fuzzy finder
- gitmux – Show Git status in Tmux status bar
- googler – Google Search, Google Site Search, Google News from the terminal
- googlr – Command line tool that lets you search Google from your terminal.
- has –
hashelps you check presence of various command line tools and their versions on path
- how2 –
how2finds the simplest way to do something in a unix shell. It’s like
man, but you can query it in natural language.
- navi – An interactive cheatsheet tool for the command-line
- hhighlighter – Colorize words in a command output
- hr –
<hr />for your terminal
- hss – An interactive parallel ssh client featuring autocomplete and asynchronous execution
- hstr – Bash History Suggest Box
- k – k is a Zsh script to make directory listings more readable, adding Git status, fileweight colors and rotting dates
- k alias – get kool aliases (and more) working with a simple one-liner
- lf.sh – Quickly search files with fewer typings and do many more (grepping, copying path to clipboard, etc)
- Lmod – Lua-based Environment Modules that enhances Tcl-based modules while being backward compatible (compare to modules)
- loop – Write and control complex loops with as one-liners
- marker – Bookmark your shell commands
- mackup – Keep your application settings in sync (OS X/Linux)
- mcfly – Fly through your shell history. Great Scot!
- modules – Classical Tcl-based Environment Modules managing the shell environment (compare to Lmod, direnv, and autoenv)
- nnn – File browser and disk usage analyzer with excellent desktop integration
- parallel – Build and execute shell command lines from standard input in parallel
- pathpicker – Accepts inputs like grep, searches, git etc; allows selecting files from the result of the input, which you can then open or provide as argument to a command.
- pdd – Tiny date, time diff calculator with timers
- percol – Adds flavor of interactive filtering to the traditional pipe concept of UNIX shell
- q – Vim like macro registers for your Bash and Zsh Shell
- qfc – File-completion widget for Bash and Zsh
- resh – Contextual shell history for Zsh and Bash
- rg – ripgrep is a line oriented search tool that combines the usability of The Silver Searcher with the raw speed of GNU grep
- screen – GNU terminal multiplexer
- shell-history – Visualize your shell usage with Highcharts
- SHML – Style framework for the terminal (Shell Markup Language)
- slugify – Command that converts filenames and directories to a web friendly format
- sman – 🐛 A command-line snippet manager
- spark – ▁▂▃▅▂▇ in your shell
- spark.fish – ▁▂▃▅ Sparkline Generator
- sheet – Text snippets for the command line
- spot – Tiny file search utility
- snips – Command line tool to manage snippets of code.
- sqlline – Shell for issuing SQL to relational databases via JDBC (multiline, completion, highlighting, dialect support)
- sshfs – A tool for mounting remote file systems over SSH
- sudocabulary – Learn English Vocabulary from your terminal
- surfraw – browse specific site and search the web from your terminal without browser.
- task-manager – Execute all your scripts with just two or three keystrokes.
- td-cli – A todo command line manager to organize and manage your todos across multiple projects.
- thefuck – Fix common shell mistakes by using an easy to remember command
- tldr – A fully-functional bash client for tldr, simplified and community-driven man pages
- tmux – Amazing terminal multiplexer
- undollar – undollar bites the dollar sign off the tip of the command you just pasted into your terminal
- v – z for vim.
- wemux – Multi-User Tmux Made Easy
- xiki – Makes the shell console more friendly and powerful
- xsv – a fast CSV command line toolkit written in Rust
- xxh – Bring your favorite shell wherever you go through the SSH.
- aliasme – alias helper to change directory quickly
- autojump – A cd command that learns – easily navigate directories from the command line
- bashmarks – Directory bookmarks for the shell
- bd – Quickly go back to a parent directory
- commacd – A faster way to move around in Bash
- enhancd – 🚀 A next-generation cd command with an interactive filter
- goto – A shell utility for navigation to aliased directories supporting auto-completion
- jump – Jump helps you navigate your file system faster by learning your habits.
- lazy-cd – Simple bash commands for bookmarked navigation of the file system, complete with bash-completion.
- up – Ascend directories by name or count; for bash, zsh, and fish.
- z – z is the new j, yo
- z.lua – A new cd command that helps you navigate faster by learning your habits
- zoxide – A faster way to navigate your filesystem, written in Rust
- zpyi – Python in Zsh – Easy python scripting in shell
Custom prompts, color themes, etc.
- base16-builder – Base16-Builder
- bash-full-of-colors – Powerful prompt with screen, tmux, git support and many more
- bash-git-prompt – An informative and fancy Bash prompt for Git users
- bash-powerline – Powerline-style Bash prompt in pure Bash script
- bashstrap – A quick way to spruce up OSX terminal
- bullet-train-oh-my-zsh-theme – 🚄 An oh-my-zsh shell theme based on the Powerline Vim plugin
- emojify Emoji on the command line 😱
- flatui-terminal-theme – Nicer colors for terminal
- geometry – A minimal ZSH theme where any function can be added to the left prompt or (async) right prompt on the fly.
- git-prompt – Bash prompt with Git, SVN and HG modules
- gittify – A colorful Bash prompt + customized Git aliases
- Gogh – Color Scheme – Color Scheme for Gnome Terminal
- liquidprompt – A full-featured & carefully designed adaptive prompt for Bash & Zsh
- mysql-colorize – Colorization for mysql comand-line client
- oh-my-git – An opinionated git prompt for bash and zsh
- polyglot – An informative Git prompt that works in bash, zsh, ksh, mksh, pdksh, dash, and busybox sh
- powerlevel10k – Super flexible awesome powerline ZSH theme
- sexy-bash-prompt – Bash prompt with colors, Git statuses, and Git branches
- synth-shell – Greeter with a customizable status report and a fancy bash prompt
Command-line development, version control, and deployment.
- ack – A grep-like search tool optimized for source code.
- add-gitignore – Interactive CLI that generates a .gitignore for your project based on your needs.
- bcal – Byte CALculator for storage conversions and calculations
- bitwise – Terminal based interactive bit manipulator in curses.
- bocker – Docker implemented in 100 lines of bash
- cloc – Count Lines of Code
- doclt – A command line interface to Digital Ocean
- dokku – Docker powered mini-Heroku. The smallest PaaS implementation you’ve ever seen.
- getopts.fish – CLI parser for fish
- forgit – Utility tool for
gittaking advantage of fuzzy finder fzf.
- git-extra-commands – Many Git extra utilities. Churn, cut-branch, improved-merge and many more.
- git-extras – Git utilities — repo summary, repl, changelog population, author commit percentages and more
- git-open – Type
git opento open the GitHub page or website for a repository in your browser
- git-quick-stats – Git quick statistics is a simple and efficient way to access various statistics in git repository.
- git-semver – Git plugin for easing semantic versioning and changelog validation
- git-sh – A customized Bash environment suitable for Git work
- hub – hub helps you win at git.
- licins – Insert commented software licenses into source code.
- mkdkr – Makefile + Docker = CI Pipeline
- mr – Multiple Repository management tool
- overcommit – A fully configurable and extendable Git hook manager
- pre-commit – A framework for managing and maintaining multi-language pre-commit hooks
- rebound – Instantly browse Stack Overflow results in your terminal when you get a compiler error
- repren – Command-line search-and-replace and file-renaming swiss army knife
- slap – Sublime-like terminal-based text editor that runs on Node.js
- shipit – Minimalistic SSH deployment
- starring – Automatically star the npm-packages that you are using on GitHub.
- tag – Instantly jump to your ag matches.
- wipe-modules – A little agent that removes the node_modules folder of non-active projects
OS-related tools, including system administration, system debugging, and file and process management.
- atop – ASCII full-screen performance monitor that is capable of reporting the activity of all processes
- bat – A
catclone with wings
- bmon – Real-time network bandwidth monitor and rate estimator with human-friendly visual output
- catcli – The command line catalog tool for your offline data
- ccat – ccat is the colorizing cat. It works similar to cat but displays content with syntax highlighting.
- exa – A modern version of
- progress – Linux tool to show progress for
dd, and more…
- stronghold – Easily configure MacOS security settings from the terminal.
- glances – Glances an Eye on your system
- goaccess – GoAccess is a real-time web log analyzer and interactive viewer that runs in a terminal in *nix systems.
- hblock – Hosts-file based adblocker
- histstat – History for netstat
- htop – A ncurses based interactive process viewer which aims to be a better
- lnav – An advanced log file viewer for the small-scale
- logdissect – CLI utility and Python API for analyzing log files and other data.
- ls++ – Colorized ls on steroids
- lsp – An improved
ls, with file descriptions in plain language and intelligent file grouping
- maza – Local ad blocker. Like Pi-hole but local and using your operating system.
- mtr – The functionality of the ‘traceroute’ and ‘ping’ programs in a single network diagnostic tool.
- ncdu – NCurses Disk Usage
- nmtui – Text User Interface for controlling NetworkManager
- powertop – Battery/Power usage and device stats monitoring command-line tool, with tune-up options.
- procdog – Lightweight command-line control of long-lived processes like servers
- quick-secure – Quickly secure and harden UNIX/Linux systems
- rng – Copy range of lines from file or stdin to stdout.
- wifi-wand – a Ruby command line application for managing WiFi on MacOS (install by
gem install wifi-wand)
- xiringuito – SSH-based “VPN for poors”
Downloading and Serving
Self-hosted, lightweight servers and networking tools written in shell scripts.
- aria2 – aria2 is a lightweight multi-protocol & multi-source, cross platform download utility operated in command-line. It supports HTTP/HTTPS, FTP, BitTorrent and Metalink
- balls – Bash on Balls
- bashttpd – A web server written in Bash
- bashhub-server – Private cloud shell history. Open source server for bashhub
- bitpocket – “DIY Dropbox” or “2-way directory (r)sync with proper deletion”
- Dropbox-Uploader – Dropbox Uploader is a Bash script which can be used to upload, download, list or delete files from Dropbox
- httpie – HTTPie is a command line HTTP client, a user-friendly cURL replacement
- HTTPLab – The interactive web server, let you inspect HTTP requests and forge responses.
- ngincat – Tiny Bash HTTP server using netcat
- resty – Little command line REST client that you can use in pipelines
- shell2http – HTTP-server to execute shell commands. Designed for development, prototyping or remote control
- vesper – 🍸Vesper is a HTTP framework for Bash/Unix Shell
- youtube-dl – Small command-line program to download videos from YouTube.com and other video sites
Multimedia and File Formats
Tools for handling video and audio files.
- adb-export – Export Android content providers to CSV format
- Android-Kitchen – A text-based kitchen for Android ROM customization. Uses shell scripts and works with Cygwin/OS X/Linux
- Beets – Music library manager and MusicBrainz tagger
- cmus – Cross-platform cli audio player.
- gifgen – Simple high quality GIF encoding
- image-scraper – A cool command line image scraper with a lot of features.
- imgp – Blazing fast batch image resizer and rotator
- jo – A small utility to create JSON objects from command-line arguments.
- jq – Sed for json data. You can use it to slice and filter and map and transform structured data
- korkut – Quick and simple image processing at the command line.
- mpv – Lets you play most audio and video formats (using ASCII characters) in the shell as well as in a GUI.
- nehm – Console tool, which downloads, sets IDv3 tags and adds to your iTunes (if you use it) your SoundCloud likes in convenient way
- PiCAST – PiCAST turns your $35 Raspberry Pi in to a Chromecast like Device
- sejda – Command line manipulation of PDF documents (split, merge, rotate, convert to jpg, extract text, etc)
- visidata – A terminal spreadsheet multitool for exploring and arranging data (csv/json/xml/xls/yaml/etc)
- xidel – Cli tool to filter, map and create HTML/XML/JSON data with (Turing-complete) XPath and XQuery.
- xmlstarlet – Old but powerful tool for command-line XML formatting, filtering, and manipulation.
Command line-based applications or command line access to existing services.
- ansiweather – Weather in your terminal, with ANSI colors and Unicode symbols
- awless – A powerful, innovative and small surface CLI to manage AWS.
- bashblog – A Bash script that handles blog posting
- carbon-now-cli – 🎨 Beautiful images of your code — from right inside your terminal.
- choosealicense-cli – Choose an OSS license from the comfort of your terminal
- cointop – The fastest and most interactive terminal based UI application for tracking cryptocurrencies
- dstask – Single binary terminal-based TODO manager with git-based sync + markdown notes per task
- facebook-cli – Facebook command line tool
- fanyi – Translate English to Chinese in terminal
- gcalcli – Google Calendar command line interface
- geeknote – Command line evernote client
- haxor-news – Browse Hacker News like a haxor
- hn-cli – Browse Hacker News from the comfort of your Terminal
- iponmap – Draw point on world map using ip address
- isitup – Check whether a website is up or down
- jrnl – A simple command line journal application that stores your journal in a plain text file
- kanban.bash – commandline asciii kanban board for minimalist productivity bash hackers (csv-based)
- ledger – Command line accounting
- licen – Generate your license. Yet another lice, but implement with Jinja2 and docopt
- md2png – Convert markdown to PNG image
- moviemon – Everything about your movies within the command line.
- nomino – Batch rename utility using regex, sort and map file options.
- pockyt – Read, Manage, and Automate your Pocket collection.
- pushblast – Get PushBullet notifications when a shell program exits
- pushbullet-bash – Bash interface to the PushBullet API
- ranger – A console file manager with VI key bindings.
- Reddit Terminal Viewer – Browse Reddit from your terminal
- SAWS – A Supercharged AWS CLI
- taskbook – Tasks, boards & notes for the command-line habitat
- taskwarrior – A command-line TODO list manager
- terjira – Command line power tool for Jira
- transfer.sh — Quickly upload and share files from your shell
- vl – URL link checker on text documents
- wego – Weather app for the terminal
- whales – A tool to automatically dockerize your applications
- whereami – Get your geolocation information from the CLI
- wttr.in – ⛅ The right way to check the weather (curl wttr.in)
All work and no play is a cruddy way to spend your day.
- bash2048 – Bash implementation of 2048 game
- minesweeper – Bash implementation of minesweeper
- nudoku – ncurses based sudoku game written in C
- piu-piu – Horizontal scroller game in bash with multiplayer mode!
- sedtris – Tetris in sed
- sed-scripts – Arkanoid and Sokoban written using sed
- SHTAP – Reusable text adventure engine for Bash 4
- tty-solitaire – Play solitaire in your terminal!
Shell Package Management
Tools for managing multiple shell configurations. For zsh-specific tools, see the Zsh section.
- bash-it – A community Bash framework
- basher – A package manager for shell scripts
- bashing – Smashing Bash into Pieces
- dotdrop – Save your dotfiles once, deploy them everywhere
- dotfiler – Shell agnostic git based dotfiles package manager, written in Python.
- fresh – Keep your dotfiles fresh
- homeshick – Git dotfile synchronizer written in Bash
- shallow-backup – Easily create lightweight documentation of installed packages, dotfiles, and more
- shundle – Plugin manager for shell scripts
- vcsh – Config manager based on Git
- yadm – Git-based dotfiles manager supporting encryption, alternates, and bootstrapping
Shell Script Development
Tools for writing, improving, or organizing Bash or other shell scripts
- ansi – ANSI escape codes in pure bash – change text color, position the cursor, much more
- assert.sh – Bash unit testing framework
- bashful – A collection of libraries to simplify writing Bash scripts
- Bashlets – A modular extensible toolbox for Bash
- bashmanager – mini bash framework for creating command line tools
- bashwithnails – a Bash framework written just for fun with testing, dependency management & packaging
- bash-language-server – LSP-based Bash language server
- bats – Bash Automated Testing System
- crash – Proper error handling, exceptions and try/catch for ZSH
- critic.sh – Dead simple testing framework for Bash with coverage reporting
- esh – A simple templating engine based on shell, implemented in ~290 lines of POSIX shell and awk.
- Fishtape – TAP producer and test harness for fish
- composure – Compose, document, version and organize your shell functions
- dispatch – A command line argument parser in 50 lines of portable shell script.
- is.sh – An alternative for builtin test command, it will make your “if” statements pretty
- lumberjack – A logging interface for shell scripts
- mo – Mustache templates in pure bash
- optparse – A BASH wrapper for getopts, for simple command line arguments.
- rerun – A modular shell automation framework to organize your keeper scripts
- revolver – A reusable progress spinner for shell scripts
- phases – Minimally invasive bash preprocessor, select sections of your script to run
- powscript – bash transpiler written in bash (coffeescript for bash)
- semver_bash – Semantic Versioning in Bash
- sh-semver – Semver tool for bash – finds versions matching to specified rules
- shellcheck – Static analysis tool for shell scripts
- shellfire – A repository of namespaced, composable shell (bash, sh and dash) function libraries
- shellspec – A full-featured BDD unit testing framework for dash, bash, ksh, zsh and all POSIX shells
- shpec – A shell testing framework
- shutit – Automation framework based on bash and pexpect
- sub – A delicious way to organize programs
- ts – A shell test script
- urchin – An idiomatic shell testing framework that uses only shell commands
- shunit2 – A unit test framework for Bash scripts with a flavour of JUnit/PyUnit.
- rebash – Scripting library/framework. Features: imports, exceptions, doc-tests …
- zunit – A powerful unit testing framework for ZSH
- Bash Official Reference Manual
- Bash Hackers Wiki
- Greg Wooledge’s (aka “greycat”) wiki.
Specifically Bash Guide, Bash FAQ and Bash Pitfalls
- Google’s Shell Style Guide
- The Linux Documentation Project: Bash Programming – Intro/How-to
- The Linux Documentation Project: Advanced Bash Scripting Guide
- WikiBooks: Bash Shell Scripting
- Use the Unofficial Bash Strict Mode (Unless You Looove Debugging)
- The Art of Command Line
- Learn Enough Command Line to Be Dangerous
- A guide to learn bash
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