This article recommends awesome (and even funny) terminal tools, both executables and libraries.
I first posted this on Oct 22th, 2015. And it is renewed on Nov 29th, 2017.
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$ tldr ps ps Information about running processes. - List all running processes: ps aux - List all running processes including the full command string: ps auxww - Search for a process that matches a string: ps aux | grep string
Lock your system from the command-line. Support macOS, Linux, and Windows.
Then, your OS will be locked.
An awesome live broadcasting tool, which output your terminal, written with Go.
Weather forecasting with ASCII GUI written in Go.
Generate and display QR code with Node.js.
Console based Douban FM client, written in Node.js. It runs on Mac but not very stable.
Socks and HTTP proxy for terminal. And we can use
proxychains to boost speed of some services and get across the wall.
$ proxychains4 git push
Terminal Table is a fast and simple, yet feature rich ASCII table generator written in Ruby.
Simple but useful gem for Ruby.
terminal-table is really powerful and easy-to-use to build and display tables in console based GUI.
This is the official example of
rows =  rows << ['One', 1] rows << ['Two', 2] rows << ['Three', 3] table = Terminal::Table.new :rows => rows # > puts table # # +-------+---+ # | One | 1 | # | Two | 2 | # | Three | 3 | # +-------+---+
Mac App Store command line interface.
It is designed for scripting and automation. However, I really like and need this awesome tool to update with terminal instead of the AppStore GUI, which fails frequently in China mainland.
$ mas list 724472954 Manico (2.3.2) 623795237 Ulysses (2.8.2) 411246225 Caffeine (1.1.1) 409203825 Numbers (4.1.1) 836500024 WeChat (2.2.8) 928871589 Noizio (1.5) 409201541 Pages (6.1.1) 784801555 Microsoft OneNote (15.34) 409183694 Keynote (7.1.1) 410628904 Wunderlist (3.4.6) 973134470 Be Focused (1.6.2)
$ mas upgrade Upgrading 1 outdated application: WeChat (2.2.8) ==> Downloading WeChat ==> Installed WeChat
Swiss Army Knife for macOS! By
m-cli, it enables you to control everything of Mac with commands.
$ m Swiss Army Knife for macOS ! usage: m [OPTIONS] COMMAND [help] OPTIONS --update update m-cli to the latest version --uninstall uninstall m-cli COMMANDS: help battery bluetooth dir disk display dns dock finder firewall gatekeeper group hostname info itunes lock network nosleep notification ntp printer restart safeboot screensaver service shutdown sleep timezone trash update user volume vpn wallpaper wifi
$ m battery status Now drawing from 'AC Power' -InternalBattery-0 (id=3997795) 100%; charged; 0:00 remaining present: true