6 Linux CLI apps you need

6 cli tools you need

6 Linux CLI apps you need

Here are 6 Linux CLI apps you need to install to make your life a lot more pleasant at the command line.  They will make your life easier and more entertaining.

1. Wikit

Wikit is a free and open source command line program for easily viewing Wikipedia summaries of search queries; it is built using Nodejs.

To Install:
sudo apt install nodejs                                  #Debian/Ubuntu
sudo yum install nodejs npm                      #RHEL/CentOS
sudo dnf install nodejs npm                       #Fedora
sudo npm install wikit -g

To use it:
wikit [Whatever you want to look up]

2. Googler

Googler is a full-featured Python-based command line tool for accessing Google (Web & News) and Google Site Search within the Linux terminal. Nice thing is there are no ads.

To Install the latest version:
cd Downloads
wget -c https://github.com/jarun/googler/archive/v2.9.tar.gz
tar -xvf v2.9.tar.gz
cd googler-2.9
sudo make install
cd auto-completion/bash/
sudo cp googler-completion.bash /etc/bash_completion.d/

To Use:
googler [search phrase]

3. Rainbowstream

Rainbowstream is a CLI version of Twitter without all of the distractions.

To Install:

sudo apt install python3-pip                               #Debian/Ubuntu
sudo pip3 install rainbowstream                       #Debian/Ubuntu

To Use:


4. Neofetch

Neofetch is a tool to tell you all about your Linux box.


To Install Neofetch:

sudo apt install neofetch                                    #Debian/Ubuntu

To Use Neofetch:


5. wettr.in

wettr.in – a weather forecast at the command line. While not exactly an app it is very useful at the command line to get a forecast.

To Use Wettr.in:

curl wttr.in/[City]                                                          #Any Linux OS

6. ncdu

ncdu – A super-charged ‘DU’ it lets you find out which files and folders are taking up the most disk space on your system.

To Install NCDU:

sudo apt install ncdu                                                   #Debian/Ubuntu

To Use NCDU:



There are lots of CLI apps out there, but these are some of the ones that I love and use. I hope that they become some of your favorites too.

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