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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Awesome CLI Apps


A curated list of command line apps.
Inspired by the awesome list thing.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents  generated with DocToc


  • 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. OS X only.
  • moviemon - Everything about your movies within the command line.
  • pianobar - Pandora client.
  • TTYtter - Twitter client- (original).
  • quote-cli - Get a random quote or the quote of the day in your CLI.
  • movie - Get movie info or compare movies in terminal.
  • 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


  • youtube-dl - a small command-line program to download videos from and a few more sites. You can install with brew install youtube-dl.


  • Wat - Instant, central, community-built docs.

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.

Mobile Development


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


  • AutoScreenshotUploader - Instantly capture and upload screenshot to imgur.
  • 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.
  • localtunnel - Exposes your localhost to the world for easy testing and sharing.
  • ledger - Powerful, double-entry accounting system that is accessed from the UNIX command-line.
  • 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.


  • archive-type-cli - Detect the archive type of a Buffer/Uint8Array.
  • battery-level - Get current battery level.
  • brightness-cli - Change screen brightness- windows version.
  • gotty - Share your terminal as a web application.
  • screensaver - Start the screensaver.
  • wallpaper-ci - 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.


  • bundle-id-cli - Get bundle identifier from a bundle name (OS X): Safari →
  • bundle-name-cli - Get bundle name from a bundle identifier (OS X): → Safari.
  • lnfs-cli - Safely force create symlinks.
  • osx-version-cli - Get the OS X 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

Command Line Tools

  • The Fuck - Magnificent app which corrects your previous console command.
  • tldr - Simplified and community-driven man pages.
  • 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).
  • Cash - Cross-platform Linux commands in pure ES6.

Data Manipulation

Files and Directories

Deleting and Copying


  • 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 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.
  • j - semi clone of autojump ( in shell/awk.
  • 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.

Version Control


  • 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.
  • awesome-git-addons - A curated list of addons that extends git cli.
  • git-labelmaker - Edit GitHub labels from the command line.
  • tig - Text-mode interface for Git.


  • 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.


  • 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 ▁▂▃▅▂▇..


Some fine resources to write your own CLI App.

Node frameworks and packages

  • meow - The most simple way to write small CLI modules including argument parsing.
  • Inquirer - A collection of common interactive command line user interfaces like checkboxes, radio buttons etc. with a simple but powerful API.
  • Vorpal - Complete solution for creating interactive apps. Includes UI features from Inquirer..

Node Command-line utilities

  • Chalk - Beautiful API to have beautiful terminal string styling.
  • log-symbols - Colored symbols to differentiate output messages with a blink of an eye.
  • log-update – Useful for ASCII animation. For example loading indicators.
  • listr - Terminal task list.

String Manipulation


  • app-path-cli - Get the path to an app (OS X).
  • Bible.Js CLI client - 📖 Bible.JS CLI client. Read the Holy Bible via the command line.
  • birthday - Know when a friend's birthday is coming.
  • cowsay and cowthink - 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • speed-test - Test your internet connection speed and ping using from the CLI.
  • 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 → 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. -emoj - Find relevant emoji from text on the command-line.