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Must have command-line tools for Linux

Florian Rand on Thursday, March 24th, 2022

Every year I update this list with my favourite command line tools:

  • bat, A cat(1) clone with syntax highlighting and Git integration.
  • cheat.sh, The only cheat sheet you need.
  • ag, The silver searcher. A code-searching tool similar to ack, but faster.
  • ripgrep, another alternative to ack and ag.
  • fd, A simple, fast and user-friendly alternative to 'find'.
  • fzf, A command-line fuzzy finder.
  • forgit, Utility tool powered by fzf for using git interactively.
  • ranger, A VIM-inspired file manager for the console.
  • nnn, n³ The unorthodox terminal file manager.
  • ncdu, Inofficial fork of "NCurses Disk Usage".
  • tig, Text-mode interface for git.
  • httpie, Modern command line HTTP client – user-friendly curl alternative with intuitive UI, JSON support, syntax highlighting, wget-like downloads, extensions, etc.
  • jq, A lightweight and flexible command-line JSON processor.
  • jsless, jless is a command-line JSON viewer designed for reading, exploring, and searching through JSON data.
  • broot, A new way to see and navigate directory trees.

My top 3 are: ripgrep, fd and jless, specially the last one if you work with json a lot.