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A curated list of command line apps.

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  • moviemon - Everything about your movies within the command line.
  • quote-cli - Get a random quote or the quote of the day in your CLI.
  • movie - Get movie info or compare movies in terminal.
  • football-cli - Get live scores, fixtures, standings of almost every football competition/league in your terminal.
  • pockyt - Read, Manage, and Automate your Pocket collection.
  • splash-cli - Beautiful wallpapers from unsplash


  • cmus - Small, fast and powerful console music player for Unix-like operating systems.
  • Instant-Music-Downloader - Instant music downloader.
  • itunes-remote - It’s about listening to music without leaving the terminal. macOS only.
  • pianobar - Pandora client.
  • somafm-cli - Listen to SomaFM in your terminal.
  • nehm - Console tool, which downloads, sets IDv3 tags and adds to your iTunes (if you use macOS) your SoundCloud likes in convenient way.
  • mpd - Music Player Daemon.
  • ncmpcpp - Featureful ncurses based Music Player Daemon client inspired by ncmpc.
  • moc - Console audio player for Linux/UNIX.
  • musikcube - Cross-platform, terminal-based music player, audio engine, metadata indexer, and server.

Social Media

  • facebook-cli - Facebook command line interface
  • TTYtter - Twitter client- (original).
  • Rainbowstream - A smart and nice Twitter client on terminal written in Python.
  • RTV - RTV provides an interface to view and interact with reddit from your terminal.
  • WeeChat - WeeChat is a fast, light and extensible chat client. It runs on many platforms like Linux, Unix, BSD, GNU Hurd, Mac OS X and Windows (Bash/Ubuntu and Cygwin).


  • youtube-dl - a small command-line program to download videos from and a few more sites. You can install with brew install youtube-dl.
  • open-pip-cli - Watch movies in macOS native picture-in-picture player from your terminal.


  • Dwarf Fortress - Dwarf Fortress is a part construction and management simulation, part roguelike, indie video game


  • bcal - Byte CALculator for storage conversions and calculations.
  • boilr - Dependency free CLI to create projects from boilerplate templates.
  • cookiecutter - creates projects from cookiecutters (project templates)
  • dockly - Interactive CLI for managing Docker containers.
  • themer - Generate personalized themes for your editor, terminal, wallpaper, Slack, and more.
  • legit - Choose from many Open Source licences to generate a LICENSE file or add license headers to files.
  • rebound - Instantly fetch Stack Overflow results in your terminal when you get a compiler error.
  • yo - CLI scaffolding tool for running Yeoman generators. There are thousands of ready to use generators and creating an own one is pretty easy.
  • vj - Makes JSON human readable.

Text Editors

  • emacs - An extensible, customizable, free/libre text editor β€” and more.
  • vim - Vim - the ubiquitous text editor.
  • neovim - Vim fork focused on extensibility and usability.

Web Development

  • bower-name-cli - Check whether a package name is available on bower.
  • caniuse-cmd - Searches about browser support of feature.
  • htconvert - Convert .htaccess redirects to nginx.conf redirects.
  • is-up-cli - Check whether a website is up or down.
  • npm-name-cli - Check whether a package name is available on npm.
  • npm-user-cli - Get user info of a npm user.
  • 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 directory to the web.
  • acmetool - An easy-to-use command line tool for automatically acquiring certificates from ACME servers.
  • 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, without using a web browser.
  • diff2html-cli - Command-line tool to parse git diffs as JSON and generate pretty HTML.
  • npm-home - Open the npm page of the package in the current directory.
  • HTTPie - A user-friendly HTTP client.
  • serve - Easy to use static file server with features like https, CORS and GZIP compression.
  • add-gitignore - Interactive CLI that generates a .gitignore for your project based on your needs.
  • mevn-cli - CLI tool for the MEVN stack.
  • scaffold-static - Static site generator for vanila JS.

Mobile Development


  • aws-cli - Universal Command Line 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.


  • cycli - A terminal client for Neo4j with autocompletion and syntax highlighting.
  • mycli - A Terminal Client for MySQL with AutoCompletion and Syntax Highlighting.
  • pgcli - A Terminal Client for Postgre with AutoCompletion and Syntax Highlighting.


  • AutoScreenshotUploader - Instantly capture and upload screenshot to imgur.
  • bitly-client - Make and manage Bitly shortlinks with this command line utility
  • doing - A command line tool for keeping track of what you’re doing and tracking what you’ve done.
  • ffscreencast - ffmpeg screencast with video overlay and multi monitor support.
  • idea - A lightweight CLI tool and module for keeping ideas in a safe place quick and easy.
  • imgur-uploader-cli - Upload images to imgur.
  • geeknote - Console client for Evernote.
  • ledger - Powerful, double-entry accounting system that is accessed from the UNIX command-line.
  • meetup-cli - command line interface
  • The Mutt E-Mail Client - Email client.
  • Taskwarrior - Free and Open Source Software that manages your TODO list from your command line.
  • Timetrap - Simple command line timetracker.
  • terjira - Command line power tool for Jira
  • ipt - Command line interface for pivotal tracker
  • g3l - Git is easy, github cli is easy but g3l easiest git cli in the w0rld!
  • uber-cli - Uber, at your fingertips.
  • moro - Time Tracker with a single command
  • Buku - Powerful command-line bookmark manager
  • googler - Google Search, Google Site Search, Google News from the terminal
  • calcurse - Calcurse, a calendar and scheduling application for the command line.
  • cash-cli - Convert 32 currencies from the command line!
  • papis - Powerful and extensible document and bibliography manager.
  • Terminal velocity - A fast note-taking app for the UNIX terminal.


  • archive-type-cli - Detect the archive type of a Buffer/Uint8Array.
  • battery-level - Get current battery level.
  • brightness-cli - Change screen brightness- windows version.
  • screensaver - Start the screensaver.
  • wallpaper-cli - Get or set the desktop wallpaper.
  • yank - Yank terminal output to clipboard.
  • text-meme - Generate text meme.
  • s - Open a web search in your terminal. Supports multiple search providers.
  • google-font-installer - Search, download, and install any Google Font on your local machine.
  • aria2 - Lightweight multi-protocol and multi-source, cross platform download utility. It supports HTTP/HTTPS, FTP, SFTP, BitTorrent and Metalink.
  • mklicense - Create a custom LICENSE file painlessly with customized info. Busy people & beginner's friendly.
  • share-cli - Quickly share files from command line with your local network.
  • remote-share-cli - Quickly share files from your command line with the world.
  • moeda - A foreign exchange rates and currency conversion using cli
  • wego - Get the weather right in your browser or your console.
  • mapscii - Terminal Map Viewer - the whole world in your console!
  • website-popup-cli - Quickly watch a window in a pop up window without closing or opening another full screen window.
  • - Fetch news headlines from various news outlets in your terminal.
  • has - Checks for the presence of various commands and their versions on the path.
  • decktape - PDF exporter for HTML presentations.
  • carbon-now-cli - 🎨 Beautiful images of your code β€” from right inside your terminal.


  • bundle-id-cli - Get bundle identifier from a bundle name (macOS): Safari β†’
  • bundle-name-cli - Get bundle name from a bundle identifier (macOS): β†’ Safari.
  • lnfs-cli - Safely force create symlinks.
  • osx-version-cli - Get the macOS version of the current system.
  • osx-wifi-cli - A cli for managing wifi connections on OSX.
  • active-win-cli - Get the title/id/etc of the active window
  • stronghold - Easily configure MacOS security settings from the terminal.
  • shallow-backup - Easily create lightweight documentation of installed packages, dotfiles, and more.

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).
  • shortcutfoo - Learn shortcuts for VIM, Emacs, git, bash and more.
  • 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.

Data Manipulation

  • jq - Command-line JSON processor
  • underscore-cli - Command-line utility-belt for hacking JSON and Javascript.
  • ramda-cli - A CLI tool for processing data with functional pipelines.
  • yaml-cli - A simple CLI for querying and updating YAML files.
  • jp - Simply parse and drill into JSON on the commandline, with jsonpath and stdin stream support (jq compatible, not a replacement).
  • fx - Command-line JSON processing tool

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 -The missing terminal file browser for X.

Deleting, Copying, and Renaming

  • trash-cli - Move files and directories to the trash.
  • empty-trash-cli - Empty the trash.
  • trashss - (ο£Ώ only) Trash screenshots on desktop.
  • 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.


  • chokidar-cli - CLI to watch file system changes.
  • file-type-cli - Detect the file type of a file or stdin.
  • strip-json-comments-cli - Strip comments from JSON. Lets you use comments in your JSON files!
  • DocToc - Generates table of contents for markdown files inside local git repository. Links are compatible with anchors generated by github or other sites.

Directory Listing

  • alder - A minimal implementation of the UNIX tree command with colors!
  • exa - An improved version of ls written in Rust.

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.
  • happyfinder - (another) Fuzzy file finder for the command line.
  • PathPicker - After parsing the output from a command, PathPicker presents you with a nice UI to select which files you're interested in.
  • find-up-cli - Find a file by walking up parent directories.
  • fz - Seamless fuzzy tab completion for z
  • nnn - File browser and disk usage analyzer with excellent desktop integration

Terminal Utilities

  • gotty - Share your terminal as a web application.
  • localtunnel - Exposes 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.
  • - Pipe output from command-line programs to the web in real-time.
  • teleconsole - Share your UNIX terminal in seconds.
  • - Instant terminal (tmux) sharing.
  • warp - Secure and simple terminal sharing.
  • OverTime - Easy time-overlap tables for remote teams.
  • undollar - undollar strips the '$' preceding copy-pasted terminal commands.

Version Control


  • CLI GitHub - πŸ“Ί 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 - πŸ€ 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.
  • starring - Automatically star the npm-packages that you are using on GitHub.
  • 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.


  • clog - A conventional changelog for the rest of us.


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
  • givegif - GIFs on the command line.

Image Conversion

  • imgp - Blazing fast batch image resizer and rotator


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

Text Manipulation

  • parse-columns-cli - Parse text columns, like the output of unix commands. Returns JSON that you can manipulate with tools like jq or underscore-cli.


  • cmatrix - Show a scrolling 'Matrix' like screen- (original).
  • - Shows random pipes that grow across the screen.


  • cli-mandelbrot - A cli for traversing the Mandelbrot fractal.
  • WOPR - A simple markup language for creating rich terminal reports, presentations and infographics.
  • sparkly-cli - Generate sparklines ▁▂▃▅▂▇..
  • JackPaper - Pull random/queried images from and apply to your desktop wallpaper.


  • app-path-cli - Get the path to an app (macOS).
  • Bible.Js CLI client - πŸ“– Bible.JS CLI client. Read the Holy Bible via the command line.
  • birthday - Know when a friend's birthday is coming.
  • cowsay - You can install with homebrew.
  • cgasm - A tool that gives x86 assembly documentation. It is pronounced "SeekAzzem".
  • detect-indent-cli - Detect the indentation of code.
  • emoj - Find relevant emoji from text on the command-line.
  • emoji-finder - Quickly find and copy emoji to the clipboard via the command-line
  • fortune - Shows a random fortune.
  • fullname-cli - Get the fullname of the current user.
  • get-port-cli - Get an available port.
  • gzip-size-cli - Get the gzipped size of a file or stdin.
  • HASHA -cli - Hashing made simple. Get the hash of text or stdin.
  • is-reachable-cli - Check if hostnames are reachable or not.
  • 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.
  • maybe - See what a program does before deciding whether you really want it to happen.
  • mdlt - Do quick math right from the command line.
  • medium-cli - Read stories within your terminal, also gives top stories.
  • open-shortcut-cli - Open the URL from a web shortcut file in the browser.
  • pkg-dir-cli - Find the root directory of a npm package.
  • speedtest-net - Test your internet connection speed and ping using from the CLI. -- speed-test - A wrapper around speeedtest-net with different UI.
  • shortcut-url-cli - Get the URL from a web shortcut file.
  • SpeedRead - A simple terminal-based open source Spritz-alike.
  • 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 β†’ I 'love' unicorns.
  • yosay - Like cowsay, but for yeoman.
  • gdb-dashboard - Modular visual interface for GDB in Python.
  • weather-cli - Check the weather for your city from your terminal.
  • hget - Render websites in plain text from your terminal.
  • ponysay - Pony rewrite of cowsay.
  • 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.
  • YuleLog - Terminal based Christmas YuleLog fireplace.
  • lolcat - Outputs text in rainbow colors.
  • 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.

Other Awesome Lists

  • awesome-git-addons - A curated list of addons that extends git cli.



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