A Collection Of Cool Terminal Tools

Posted: July 20, 2015 in System Administration

vim & emacs

The real programmers’ editors.

vim screenshot

dstat & sar

iostat, vmstat, ifstat and much more in one.

dstat screenshot


Does FTPS. Can mirror, kinda like rsync.

lftp screenshot


Visualizes network interface traffic over time.

slurm screenshot


See your log files in separate windows.

multitail screenshot


Presentation (“PowerPoint”) tool for terminal.

tpp screenshot

xargs & parallel

Executes tasks from input (even multithread).

xargs screenshot

duplicity & rsyncrypto

Encrypting backup tools.

duplicity screenshot

nethack & slash’em

Still the most complex game on the planet.

nethack screenshot


A better grep for source code.

ack screenshot

calcurse & remind + wyrd

Calendar systems.

calcurse screenshot

newsbeuter & rsstail

Command line RSS readers.

newsbeuter screenshot


Helps conserve power on Linux.

powertop screenshot


A console UI for git.

tig screenshot


The best calculator. Ever. (For scripts too.)

qalc screenshot

htop & iotop

Process, memory and io monitoring.

htop screenshot

ttyrec & ipbt

Record and play back terminal sessions.

ipbt screenshot


Keeps filesystems in sync over SSH.

rsync screenshot


traceroute 2.0.

mtr screenshot

socat & netpipes

Directing stuff easily in and out of sockets.

socat screenshot

iftop, iptraf & nethogs

To see where your traffic goes.

iftop screenshot

siege & tsung

Command line load test tools.

siege screenshot


Terminal-based accounting package.

ledger screenshot


Everybody’s favorite HTTP toolbox.

curl screenshot

rtorrent & aria2

Command line torrent downloaders.

rtorrent screenshot

ttytter & earthquake

Nice trendy Twitter clients 🙂

ttytter screenshot

vifm & ranger

Alternatives to the midnight commander.

vifm screenshot


Counts lines of code.

cloc screenshot


For network assignments.

ipcalc screenshot

screen, dtach, tmux, byobu

Keep your terminal sessions alive.

gnu screen screenshot

cowsay & sl

I just couldn’t resist. :o)

cowsay screenshot


Todo management in the terminal.

taskwarrior screenshot

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