Software Alternatives & Reviews

What's a small Linux program that you don't give much thought but makes your life a hundred times easier from time to time?

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  1. A command-line fuzzy finder written in Go

    Nnn (replaced midnight commander, my workflow is so much quicker) Exa (replaced ls) Fzf (replaced a lot of tools, ^R, sometimes grep...).
  2. Glances is a cross-platform system monitoring tool written in Python. Written in Python, Glances will run on almost any plaftorm : GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, OS X and Windows.

    I like glances for quickly monitoring my server or desktop.
  3. jq is like sed for JSON data - you can use it to slice and filter and map and transform structured...

  4. The friendly interactive shell.

    Fish, a replacement for Bash with cleaner syntax and much more helpful auto-completion.
  5. A disk usage analyzer with an ncurses interface, aimed to be run on a remote server where you...

    Ncdu when I want to find out what takes up all the space in a folder.
  6. Fast and resource-sensitive file manager for the terminal

    Nnn (replaced midnight commander, my workflow is so much quicker) Exa (replaced ls) Fzf (replaced a lot of tools, ^R, sometimes grep...).
  7. Official website for MusicBrainz Picard, a cross-platform music tagger written in Python.‎Downloads · ‎MusicBrainz Blog · ‎Picard 2.

  8. CLI HTTP that will make you smile. JSON support, syntax highlighting, wget-like downloads, extensions, and more.

  9. The only cheat sheet you need Unified access to the best community driven documentation

  10. tmux is a terminal multiplexer: it enables a number of terminals (or windows), each running a...

    Tmux: amazing multiplexer, use it all day every day.
  11. A code searching tool similar to ack, with a focus on speed.

    The Silver Searcher is in the top 5 of apps that get installed on any machine I use. I find it far faster and, frankly, easier than grep which, depending on what OS you're on (cough Solaris cough) won't be the GNU grep with its -r flag for traversing through sub-directories.
  12. Zim is a graphical text editor used to maintain a collection of wiki pages. Each page can contain links to other pages, simple formatting and images.

    Zim makes it really easy to create your own desktop wiki.
  13. jello is a command line tool that filters JSON data using pure python syntax.

    There's a new TUI for jello now called jellex that can help you create your jello python filters faster and easier.
  14. The Log File Navigator (lnav) is an advanced log file viewer for the console.