Cool Tools

A little note that all this was stolen from:

A little collection of cool unix terminal/console/curses tools

Just a list of 20 (now 28) tools for the command line. Some are little-known, some are just too useful to miss, some are pure obscure -- I hope you find something useful that you weren't aware of yet! Use your operating system's package manager to install most of them. (Thanks for the tips, everybody!)

dstat & sar

iostat, vmstat, ifstat and much more in one.


Visualizes network interface traffic over time.

vim & emacs

The real programmers' editors.

screen, dtach, tmux, byobu

Keep your terminal sessions alive.


See your log files in separate windows.


Presentation ("PowerPoint") tool for terminal.

xargs & parallel

Executes tasks from input (even multithread).

duplicity & rsyncrypto

Encrypting backup tools.

nethack & slash'em

Still the most complex game on the planet.


Does FTPS. Can mirror, kinda like rsync.

ack, ag (silver searcher), pt

A better grep for source code.

calcurse & remind + wyrd

Calendar systems.

newsbeuter & rsstail

Command line RSS readers.


Helps conserve power on Linux.


A console UI for git.


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

htop, atop & glances

Process, memory and io monitoring.

ttyrec & ipbt

Record and play back terminal sessions.


Keeps filesystems in sync over SSH.


traceroute 2.0.

socat & netpipes

Directing stuff easily in and out of sockets.

iftop, iptraf & nethogs

To see where your traffic goes.

siege & tsung

Command line load test tools.


Terminal-based accounting package.


Todo management in the terminal.


Everybody's favorite HTTP toolbox.

rtorrent & aria2

Command line torrent downloaders.

ttytter & earthquake

Nice trendy Twitter clients :)

vifm & ranger

Alternatives to the midnight commander.

Ranger commands: cd - change directory, gh - go home, H - back in history, L - forward in history. 

yy - copy, yp - past, yd - paste directory, dd - cut, dD - delete.

If you want hidden files shown add the following line to ~/.config/ranger/rc.conf (:set show hidden true)

cowsay & sl

I just couldn't resist. :o)


Counts lines of code.


For network assignments.


New way to list files, directories. GitHub at:


DuckDuckGo terminal search.