A curated list of useful command line apps, in celebration of the TUI.
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Table of Contents
- Cloud Services
- Content Creation
- Data Processing
- Download Utilities
- Filesystem Management
- Text Editors
- Version Control
- World Wide Web
- Mac OS X
- Ansible - Automate deployment, configuration, and upgrading.
- fswatch - Cross-platform file change monitor with multiple backends.
- Amanda - Open Source Network Backup for Linux, Windows, UNIX and OS X.
- Attic - Deduplicating backup program written in Python.
- Bacula - Manage backups, recovery, and verification of computer data across a network of computers of different kinds.
- BorgBackup - Significantly improved fork of Attic.
- duply - Easily create GPG encrypted, compressed backups of any data almost anywhere.
- mysqldump-secure - Secure mysqldump script with encryption, compression, logging, blacklisting and Nagios monitoring integration.
- loadtest - Runs a load test on the selected HTTP URL.
- pv - Terminal-based tool for monitoring the progress of data through a pipeline.
- siege - http load testing and benchmarking utility.
- archivemount - FUSE filesystem using libarchive to mount archives.
- dtrx - Takes all the hassle out of extracting archives.
- GitBook - Library and cmd utility to generate GitBooks.
- Echo - Convert HTML tables to JSON/CSVs.
- Pandoc - A universal document converter.
- binchunker - Converts a CD image in a ".bin / .cue" format (sometimes ".raw / .cue") to a set of .iso and .cdr tracks.
- mycli - Command line interface for MySQL, MariaDB, and Percona with auto-completion and syntax highlighting.
- pgcli - Command line interface for Postgres with auto-completion and syntax highlighting.
- jq - Lightweight and flexible command-line JSON processor.
- Cookiecutter - Command-line utility that creates projects from cookiecutters (project templates).
- Critical - Extract & Inline Critical-path CSS in HTML pages.
- HTTPie - User-friendly cURL replacement featuring intuitive UI, JSON support, syntax highlighting, wget-like downloads, extensions, etc.
- Publoy - Command line tool to deploy your static webapps via Dropbox.
- The Silver Searcher - A blazingly fast tool for searching code.
- bat - Go implement CLI, cURL-like tool for humans.
- caniuse-cmd - All the power of caniuse.com with none of the GUI.
- clog - A conventional changelog for the rest of us.
- gulp - Automate and enhance your build workflow.
- how2 - stackoverflow from the terminal.
- http-prompt - Interactive command-line HTTP client featuring autocomplete and syntax highlighting, built on HTTPie and prompt_toolkit.
- penthouse - Critical Path CSS Generator.
- saws - Supercharged AWS Command Line Interface.
- sift - Fast and powerful open source alternative to grep.
- aria2 - Lightweight multi-protocol & multi-source command-line download utility.
- peerflix - Streaming torrent client for node.js.
- Alpine - Fast, easy to use email client that is suitable for both the inexperienced email user as well as for the most demanding of power users.
- Mutt - All mail clients suck. This one just sucks less.
- Notmuch - Fast, global-search and tag-based email system.
- OfflineIMAP - Two-way sync your e-mail mailboxes as a local Maildir.
- Sup - A curses threads-with-tags style email client.
- abook - text-based addressbook program designed to use with mutt mail client.
- imapsync - IMAP synchronisation, sync, copy or migration tool.
- isync - Command line application to synchronize Maildir and IMAP4 mailboxes both ways.
- piler - Feature rich open source email archiving solution, and a viable alternative to commercial email archiving products.
- EncFS - Provides an encrypted filesystem in user-space.
- GnuPG - Complete and free implementation of the OpenPGP standard as defined by RFC4880 (also known as PGP).
- FDUPES - Identify or delete duplicate files residing within specified directories.
- Midnight Commander - Feature rich visual file manager.
- Ncdu - Disk usage analyzer with an ncurses interface.
- vifm - ncurses based file manager with vi like keybindings/modes/options/commands/configuration, which also borrows some useful ideas from mutt.
- CurlFtpFS - Filesystem for accessing FTP hosts based on FUSE and libcurl.
- LFTP - Sophisticated ftp/http client, and a file transfer program supporting a number of network protocols.
- NcFTP - A set of free application programs implementing the File Transfer Protocol (FTP).
- Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead - Roguelike set in a post-apocalyptic world.
- Curse of War - Fast-paced real-time action strategy game.
- Frotz - Interpreter for Infocom games and other Z-machine games.
- Nethack - Single player dungeon exploration game that runs on a wide variety of computer systems.
- dopewars - Deal in drugs on the streets of New York, amassing a huge fortune and paying off the loan shark, while avoiding the ever-annoying police.
- vitetris - Terminal-based Tetris clone, much like the early Tetris games by Nintendo.
- BitlBee - IRC to other chat networks gateway.
- Irssi - The client of the future.
- WeeChat - WeeChat is a fast, light and extensible chat client.
- AtomicParsely - Lightweight command line program for reading, parsing and setting metadata into MPEG-4 files.
- Audiogrep - Creates audio supercuts.
- Beets - The music geek's media organizer.
- FFmpeg - A complete, cross-platform solution to record, convert and stream audio and video.
- Gifsicle - Command-line tool for creating, editing, and getting information about GIF images and animations.
- HandBrakeCLI - Tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.
- Legofy - Python program that takes a static image or gif and makes it so that it looks as if it was built out of LEGO.
- MKVToolNix - A set of tools to create, alter and inspect Matroska files under Linux, other Unices and Windows.
- MediaInfo - Convenient unified display of the most relevant technical and tag data for video and audio files.
- OptiPNG - PNG optimizer that recompresses image files to a smaller size, without losing any information.
- Pngcrush - An optimizer for PNG (Portable Network Graphics) files.
- Shellpic - Display images inline in the shell, ASCII-art is so 2013.
- Video Transcoding Scripts - Utilities to transcode, inspect and convert videos.
- Videogrep - Automatic supercuts with python.
- abcde - A Better CD Encoder.
- cmus - Small, fast and powerful console music player for Unix-like operating systems.
- mopidy - Self hosted MPD daemon that connects to Spotify and Soundcloud.
- moviemon - Everything about your movies within the command line.
- mp3fs - FUSE-based transcoding filesystem from FLAC to MP3.
- mp4v2 - Library and tools to provide functions to read, create, and modify mp4 files.
- mpg123 - Fast console MPEG Audio Player and decoder library.
- ncmpcpp - NCurses based MPD client.
- subdownloader - Downloading subtitles for one or more files is just a command away.
- ttystudio - A terminal-to-gif recorder minus the headaches.
- youtube-dl - A small command-line program to download videos from YouTube.com and a few more sites.
- FIGlet - Program for making large letters out of ordinary text.
- ansiweather - Weather in your terminal, with ANSI colors and Unicode symbols.
- license - Create LICENSEs from the command-line.
- wego - Weather client for the terminal.
- Bandwidth Monitor NG - Small and simple console-based live network and disk io bandwidth monitor.
- Blucat - netcat for Bluetooth.
- Netcat - Networking utility which reads and writes data across network connections, using the TCP/IP protocol.
- Nethogs - Linux 'net top' tool.
- gping - Ping, but with a graph.
- iftop - Display bandwidth usage on an interface.
- localtunnel - Exposes your localhost to the world for easy testing and sharing.
- mtr - Combines the functionality of the 'traceroute' and 'ping' programs in a single network diagnostic tool.
- ngrep - grep as a network packet analyzer.
- nmap - Network discovery and security auditing utility.
- vnStat - Console-based network traffic monitor for Linux and BSD that keeps a log of network traffic for the selected interface(s).
- WOPR - Simple markup language for creating rich terminal reports, presentations and infographics.
- termui - Cross-platform, easy-to-compile, and fully-customizable terminal dashboard.
- Taskwarrior - Free and Open Source Software that manages your TODO list from your command line.
- Timetrap - Simple command line timetracker.
- Watson - Elegant time tracking with a CLI.
- doing - A command line tool for keeping track of what you’re doing and tracking what you’ve done.
- idea - Lightweight CLI tool and module for keeping ideas in a safe place quick and easy.
- ledger - Powerful, double-entry accounting system that is accessed from the UNIX command-line.
- pdfgrep - Command line utility to search text in PDF files.
- pin-cushion - Simple, maintained CLI interface to the Pinboard.in API.
- woof - Simple one-off HTTP file sharing.
- newsbeuter - The Mutt of RSS feed readers.
- rss2email - A free, open-source tool for Windows and UNIX for getting news from RSS feeds in email.
- Aircrack-ng - 802.11 WEP and WPA-PSK keys cracking program that can recover keys once enough data packets have been captured.
- Let's Encrypt - A free, automated and open Certificate Authority.
- autossh - Automatically restart SSH sessions and tunnels.
- ironssh - E2E encrypt files transferred using sftp/scp and share access with other users.
- sshfs - Locally mount a remote folder via SSH.
- storm - A command line tool to manage your ssh connections.
- ApacheTop - Curses-based top-like display for Apache information, including requests per second, bytes per second, most popular URLs, etc.
- dstat - Versatile replacement for vmstat, iostat, netstat and ifstat.
- htop - An interactive process viewer.
- iotop - Find out what's stressing and increasing load on your hard disks.
- maybe - See what a program does before deciding whether you really want it to happen.
- netboot.xyz - Boot multiple Operating System installers or utilities over the network from a single menu.
- screenFetch - Fetches system/theme information in terminal for desktop screenshots.
- Fisherman - A blazing fast, modern plugin manager for fish shell.
- Marker - The terminal command palette.
- MultiTail - Monitor logfiles and command output in multiple windows in a terminal, colorize, filter and merge.
- PathPicker - After parsing the output from a command, PathPicker presents you with a nice UI to select which files you're interested in.
- SCREEN - A "window manager" for the console and terminals.
- asciinema - Free and open source solution for recording terminal sessions and sharing them on the web.
- autojump - A cd command that learns - easily navigate directories from the command line.
- bgrep - Like grep but for binary strings.
- byobu - Text-based window manager and terminal multiplexer.
- ccat - Colorizing the cat command.
- cheat - Create and view interactive cheatsheets on the command-line.
- desk - Lightweight workspace manager for the shell.
- dit - Dotfile manager that hooks into git.
- fundle - Minimalist package manager for fish shell.
- fzf - A general-purpose command-line fuzzy finder.
- pick - Fuzzy select anything.
- tmux - A terminal multiplexer.
- yank - Yank terminal output to clipboard.
- z - Tracks your most used directories, based on 'frecency'.
- Diakonos - A linux editor for the masses.
- Emacs - An extensible, customizable text editor.
- Neovim - Modern version of the Vim editor with many advanced features.
- Vim - Advanced text editor that seeks to provide the power of the de-facto Unix editor 'Vi', with a more complete feature set.
- Bazaar - Easily manage source code on Windows, Ubuntu, GNU/Linux, and Mac OS X.
- Git - Git is a free and open source distributed version control system.
- Mercurial - Free, distributed source control management tool.
- gitfs - Version controlled file system.
- tig - ncurses based text-mode interface for Git.
- OpenVPN - Full-featured open source SSL VPN solution.
- racoon - Internet Key Exchange (IKE) daemon for automatically keying IPsec connections.
- strongSwan - Open Source IPsec for Linux.
World Wide Web
- ELinks - Advanced and well-established feature-rich text mode web (HTTP/FTP/..) browser.
- GoAccess - Real-time visual web log analyzer and interactive viewer.
- pageres - Capture screenshots of websites in various resolutions.
- pkgsrc - Portable package build system.
- IPTraf - Console-based network statistics utility for Linux.
- aptly - Swiss army knife for Debian repository management.
- btrfs - Copy on write (CoW) filesystem for Linux aimed at implementing advanced features while focusing on fault tolerance, repair and easy administration.
- deborphan - Finds packages installed on your Debian/GNU system that have no other packages depending on them.
Mac OS X
- Fink - The full world of Unix Open Source software for Darwin.
- Homebrew - The missing package manager for OS X.
- MacPorts - Compile, install and upgrade either command-line, X11 or Aqua based open-source software.
- XLD - Tool to decode/convert/play various 'lossless' audio files.
- itunes-remote - Control iTunes via CLI.
- reminders-cli - A simple CLI for interacting with Reminders.
- tag - Manipulate tags on files and query for files with those tags.
- crontab.guru - Cron schedule expression editor.
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