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Terminals Are Sexy

💥 A curated list of Terminal frameworks, plugins & resources for CLI


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Terminals Are Sexy Awesome

A curated list of Terminal frameworks, plugins & resources for CLI lovers.

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Table of Contents

  1. Shells
  2. Terminal Emulation Applications
  3. Package Managers
  4. Text Editors
  5. Tools and Plugins
  6. Communication
  7. Other


Sexy frameworks, plugins and resources for your sexy shell.

Base Shells

  • Ammonite-Shell - An object shell with a Scala-like scripting language.
  • bash - GNU Project's shell (Bourne Again SHell).
  • fish - Smart and user-friendly command line shell.
  • PowerShell - Automation and configuration tool/framework that is optimized for dealing with structured data.
  • xonsh - Python-ish, BASHwards-looking shell language and command prompt.
  • zsh - Powerful shell with scripting language.


  • alf - Out of this world super fast and configurable framework for zsh.
  • ant-zsh - Tiny and lightweight ZSH configuration environment for special customization needs.
  • antibody - Faster and simpler antigen written in Golang.
  • antigen - Plugin manager for zsh, inspired by oh-my-zsh and vundle.
  • dotzsh - Community driven framework for zsh.
  • liquidprompt - Full-featured & carefully designed adaptive prompt for Bash & Zsh.
  • oh-my-zsh - Delightful community-driven framework for managing your zsh configuration.
  • powerlevel9k - Super flexible awesome powerline ZSH theme.
  • prezto - Configuration framework for Zsh.
  • pumice - Lightweight plugin manager for zsh.
  • pure - Pretty, minimal and fast ZSH prompt.
  • slimzsh - Small, usable configuration for ZSH.
  • zeesh - Cross-platform Zsh framework.
  • zgen - Lightweight and simple plugin manager for ZSH.
  • zilsh - Zsh config system that aims to appeal more to power-users and follow the simplistic approach of vim-pathogen.
  • zim - Zsh configuration framework with blazing speed and modular extensions.
  • zoppo - Crippled configuration framework for Zsh.
  • zplug - Next-generation plugin manager for zsh.
  • zpm - Plugin manager for zsh similar to vim-plug.
  • zsh-autosuggestions - Fish-like autosuggestions for zsh.
  • zsh-pony - Covers customizing ZSH without a framework.
  • zsh-quickstart-kit - Simple zsh quickstart for using zsh and zgen.
  • zsh-syntax-highlighting - Fish shell like syntax highlighting for Zsh.
  • zshdb - ZSH debugger.
  • ztanesh - Aims to improve your UNIX command line experience and productivity with the the configuration provided by the ztanesh project.
  • zulu - Total environment manager for ZSH 5+.
  • zunit - Powerful unit testing framework for ZSH.


  • aliases - Contextual, dynamic, organized aliases for the bash shell.
  • bash-it - Collection of community Bash commands and scripts.
  • bash-powerline - Powerline-style Bash prompt in pure Bash script.
  • bash-sensible - Attempt at saner Bash defaults.
  • bashtrap - Quick way to spruce up OSX terminal.
  • hstr - Bash History Suggest Box.
  • liquidprompt - Full-featured & carefully designed adaptive prompt for Bash & Zsh.


  • bash-git-prompt - Informative and fancy Bash prompt for Git users.
  • git-extra-commands - Collection of useful extra commands for git
  • git-prompt - Bash prompt with Git, SVN and HG modules.
  • git-radar - Heads up display for git
  • git-sh - Customized Bash environment suitable for Git work.
  • gittify - Colorful Bash prompt + customized Git aliases.
  • oh-my-git - Opinionated git prompt for bash and zsh.
  • sexy-bash-prompt - Bash prompt with colors, Git statuses, and Git branches.


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Terminal Emulation Applications

Sexy 3rd party terminal emulation applications.

  • Alacritty - Cross-platform, GPU-accelerated terminal emulator.
  • Cathode - Vintage terminal for macOS.
  • Cmder - Lovely console emulator package for Windows.
  • ConEmu - Customizable Windows terminal with tabs, splits, quake-style and more.
  • ConsoleZ - Windows console window enhancement. It is a fork of Console project.
  • Go2Shell - Opens a terminal window to the current directory in Finder.
  • Hyper - Terminal built on web technologies.
  • iTerm2 - Terminal emulator for macOS that does amazing things.
  • KiTTY - Fork from version 0.70 of PuTTY, the best telnet / SSH client in the world.
  • Konsole - Terminal emulator for the K Desktop Environment.
  • MacTerm - Powerful replacement for macOS Terminal.
  • Mosh - Remote terminal application that allows roaming and supports intermittent connectivity.
  • PuTTY - SSH and telnet client, developed originally by Simon Tatham for the Windows platform.
  • Terminator - The robot future of terminals.
  • Terminology - The best terminal emulator based on the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries.
  • Termite - Keyboard-centric terminal, aimed at use within a tiling window manager.
  • Tilda - A Gtk based drop down terminal for Linux and Unix.
  • Tilix - Advanced GTK3 tiling terminal emulator that follows the Gnome Human Interface Guidelines.
  • TotalTerminal - System-wide terminal available on a hot-key.
  • Upterm - Terminal emulator for the 21st century.
  • xterm - Terminal emulator for the X Window System.
  • ZOC - SSH/Telnet Client and Terminal Emulator for macOS and Windows.

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Package Managers

Sexy package managers for your macOS, Linux & Windows CLIs.


  • asdf - Extendable version manager with support for Ruby, Node.js, Elixir, Erlang & more
  • basher - Package manager for shell scripts.
  • bpkg - JavaScript has npm, Ruby has Gems, Python has pip and now Shell has bpkg.
  • composer - Composer is a package manager for PHP.
  • duo - Next-generation package manager for the front-end.
  • guix - Functional package manager for installed software packages and versions.
  • nix - Powerful package manager for Linux and other Unix systems that makes package management reliable and reproducible.
  • npmjs - Package manager for JavaScript.
  • pip - Package management system used to install and manage software packages written in Python.
  • rubygems - The Ruby community’s gem hosting service.
  • yarn - New package and dependency manager for javascript.


  • fink - Wants to bring the full world of Unix Open Source software to Darwin and macOS.
  • homebrew - Missing package manager for macOS.
  • macports - Package manager that simplifies the installation of software on the macOS and Darwin operating systems.


  • linuxbrew - The Homebrew package manager for Linux.
  • pkgin - Aimed at being an apt / yum like tool for managing pkgsrc binary packages.


  • chocolatey - Package manager for Windows.
  • cygwin - Linux-like environment for Windows making it possible to port software running on POSIX systems to Windows.
  • ninite - Install and Update All Your Programs at Once.
  • oneget - PackageManagement (aka OneGet) is a package manager for Windows.
  • ruckzuck - Software Package Manager for Windows, a quick way to install and update Software.
  • scoop - Package manager for Windows.
  • wpkg - Automated software deployment, upgrade and removal program for Windows.

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Text Editors

Sexy text editors for your Command Line Interface.

  • emacs - Cross-platform text-editor that has both command-line and graphical user interface.
    • spacemacs - Community-driven emacs distribution.
  • jed - Freely available text editor for Unix, VMS, MSDOS, OS/2, BeOS, QNX, and win9X/NT platforms.
  • kakoune - Modal editor with multiple selections and orthogonal design.
  • micro - Modern and intuitive terminal-based text editor.
  • nano - Text editor for Unix-like computing systems or operating environments using a command line interface.
  • slap - Sublime-like terminal-based text editor.
  • vim - Extensively configurable, cross-platform and highly efficient text editor.
    • SpaceVim - Community-driven vim distribution.
    • neovim - Literally the future of vim.
  • vis - Highly efficient text editor.

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Tools and Plugins

Sexy Applications for your Command Line Interface.

  • ack - Tool like grep, optimized for programmers.
  • add-gitignore - An interactive CLI that generates a .gitignore for your project based on your needs.
  • asciinema - Terminal session recorder.
  • autojump - cd command that learns
  • bcal - Storage conversion and expression calculator.
  • buku - command-line bookmark manager.
  • byobu - Byobu is an open source text-based window manager and terminal multiplexer.
  • cointop - The fastest and most interactive terminal based UI application for tracking cryptocurrencies.
  • colorls - Beautify the terminal's ls command, with color and font-awesome icons.
  • ddgr - DuckDuckGo from the terminal.
  • dockly - Docker console UI and Dashboard for quickly managing and inspecting Containers and Services.
  • dry - A Docker manager for the terminal.
  • exa - Replacement for 'ls' written in Rust.
  • fselect - 'find' replacement with SQL-like syntax.
  • fx - Command-line JSON viewer.
  • fzf - Command-line fuzzy finder.
  • gcalcli - Google Calendar command line interface.
  • - Checking the latest news headlines from various news outlets on the web.
  • glances - A top/htop alternative.
  • googler - Search Google from your terminal.
  • haxor-news - Browse Hacker News like a haxor.
  • homebrew-cask - CLI workflow for the administration of macOS applications distributed as binaries.
  • howdoi - Instant code answers and examples from the command line
  • htop - Cool looking and interactive process viewer 'replacement' for the top command.
  • hub - Command-line wrapper for git that makes working with GitHub easy.
  • imgp - Multi-core batch image resizer and rotator.
  • jq.node - Command-line JSON/string processor, JavaScript and Lodash in your shell.
  • jrnl - Simple command line journal application that stores your journal in a plain text file.
  • lexis - word counting made easy. Retrieve the number of words in a string or stdin.
  • lf - Terminal file manager.
  • lolcat - Rainbows and unicorns!
  • lunchy - Friendly wrapper for launchctl.
  • mps-youtube - Terminal based YouTube player and downloader
  • neofetch - Fetches system/theme information in terminal for Linux desktop screenshots. Alternative to screenfetch.
  • ranger - Console file manager with vi key bindings.
  • rebound - Command-line debugger that instantly fetches Stack Overflow results when you get a compiler error.
  • reddit terminal viewer - Browse Reddit from your terminal.
  • ripgrep - Code-searching tool like ack and the_silver_searcher, but faster.
  • screenfetch - Fetches system/theme information in terminal for Linux desktop screenshots.
  • streamlink - CLI for extracting streams from various websites to a video player of your choosing.
  • taskwarrior - Command-line TODO list manager.
  • the_silver_searcher - Code-searching tool similar to ack, but faster.
  • tig - Text mode interface for git.
  • tiv - Text mode terminal image viewer.
  • tldr - Simplified and community-driven man pages.
  • tmux - Terminal multiplexer.
  • tmuxinator - Manage complex tmux sessions easily.
  • - Quickly upload and share files from your shell.
  • vifm - Console file manager with vi key bindings and some ideas from mutt.
  • wal - generate and change colorschemes on the fly.
  • whereami - Get your geolocation information from the CLI.
  • - The right way to check the weather.
  • youtube-dl - download videos from YouTube
  • z - A tool to jump to folders based on history matching a given regex

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Sexy Tools for communicating through the Command Line Interface.

  • bitchx - Feature-rich and highly configurable, terminal based IRC client based on ircII.
  • centerim - Terminal based, multi-protocol Instant Messaging client with support for IRC.
  • epic - IRC client that has been under active development for 20+ years in 5 generations.
  • go-jira - Simple jira command line client in Go.
  • irssi - Self proclaimed client of the future and my favorite IRC client.
  • slack-term - Slack client for your terminal.
  • Slackadaisical - Simple Slack client for the CLI.
  • weechat - Fast, light and extensible chat client.

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Other Sexy Lists

Here are some more sexy lists.


  • awesome-devenv - Curated list of delightful Bash scripts and resources.
  • awesome-emacs - A community driven list of useful Emacs packages, libraries and others.
  • awesome-sysadmin - Curated list of amazingly awesome open source sysadmin resources.
  • awesome-zsh-plugins - Collection of ZSH frameworks, plugins & themes inspired by the various awesome list collections out there.


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