A Little Collection Of Cool Unix Tools

Here are over 20 little-known tools

Some are just too useful to miss and others are quite obtuse

I hope you find something useful

Use your operating system’s package manager to install most of them.

sudo apt-get install “package name” (in debian-based systems)

yum install “package name” (rpm based sytems)

dstat & sar

iostat, vmstat, ifstat and much more in one.

dstat screenshot


Visualizes network interface traffic over time.

slurm screenshot

vim & emacs

The real programmers’ editors.

vim screenshot

screen, dtach, tmux, byobu

Keep your terminal sessions alive.

gnu screen 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


Does FTPS. Can mirror, kinda like rsync.

lftp 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

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

To see where your traffic goes.

iftop screenshot

siege & tsung

Command line load test tools.

siege screenshot


Terminal-based accounting package.

ledger screenshot


Todo management in the terminal.

taskwarrior 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

cowsay & sl

I just couldn’t resist

cowsay screenshot


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