Linux Terminal Application list.

If you really love the terminal and can’t get enough here is a list of programs that should make you smile. Linux comes packed with so many command line tools already; you can do just about anything without the GUI, but what if you want more? Maybe some of these programs are for you.

Many programs in this list can be installed with your package manager, like apt or yum. Always worth a shot attempting to install from the package manager first.

First and foremost, get a good terminal emulator. I use Tilix as it’s solid and you can have multiple panes. I like it. Should be available already in your package manager but if not: https://gnunn1.github.io/tilix-web/

On to the programs!

General

WeGo – Weather Forecasts: https://github.com/schachmat/wego

Office

sc-im – Spreadsheet: https://github.com/andmarti1424/sc-im

gcalcli – Google Calender: https://github.com/insanum/gcalcli

Calcurse – Calender, Scheduler: https://www.calcurse.org/

Task Warrier – Task Manager: https://taskwarrior.org/

Ledger – Double-entry accounting system: https://www.ledger-cli.org

tnote – Notes, of course: https://github.com/tasdikrahman/tnote

Watson – Time tracker: http://tailordev.github.io/Watson/

Music

ncmpcpp – Music Manager/Player: https://rybczak.net/ncmpcpp/

cmus – Music Player: https://cmus.github.io/

PyRadio – Music player for the terminal: http://www.coderholic.com/pyradio/

Textbeat – Music sequencer and interactive shell: https://github.com/flipcoder/textbeat

ecasound – Record audio: http://www.eca.cx/ecasound/

meterec – Multi-track monitoring and recording tool: http://meterec.sourceforge.net

mloop – Audio looper: http://fuzzle.org/~petern/mloop.html

Sox – Audio conversion, rec/play, and effects: http://sox.sourceforge.net

CuSE – MIDI-Sequencer: http://pi4.informatik.uni-mannheim.de/~haensel/cuse/index_en.html

ttrk – Tracker style DAW: http://vektor.ca/audio/ttrk/

*Also see bttrk: https://sourceforge.net/projects/bttrk/

Communicate

Alpine – Mail Client: https://www.washington.edu/alpine/

Finch – Chat Client: http://developer.pidgin.im/

WeeChat – IRC: https://weechat.org/

Charm – Blog Client: http://ljcharm.sourceforge.net/

Writing

Nano – Text Editor: https://www.nano-editor.org/ (Usually installed)

Vim – Programmers Text Editor: https://www.vim.org/ (Usually installed)

Jed – Programmers Text Editor: http://www.jedsoft.org/jed/index.html

System Tools

Glances – Dashboard system monitor: https://nicolargo.github.io/glances/

Midnight Commander – File Manager: https://midnight-commander.org/

iftop – Network bandwith Monitor: http://www.ex-parrot.com/pdw/iftop/

htop – Process Viewer: http://hisham.hm/htop/

ncdu – Disk Usage Viewer: https://dev.yorhel.nl/ncdu

zsh – Terminal Clock: good example here

IPTraf – IP Network Monitoring: http://iptraf.seul.org/

vnStat – Network traffic monitor: https://www.humdi.net/vnstat/

Passpie – Password manager: https://passpie.readthedocs.io/en/latest/

Web 

ffsend – File Sharing: https://github.com/timvisee/ffsend

rTorrent – Torrent: https://rakshasa.github.io/rtorrent/

Canto – News Reader: https://github.com/themoken/canto-curses

w3m – Web Browser: http://w3m.sourceforge.net/

elinks – Web Browser: http://elinks.or.cz/

Rainbowstream – Twitter Client: https://github.com/orakaro/rainbowstream

rTorrent: Bittorrent Client: http://rakshasa.github.io/rtorrent/

LFTP – FTP, obviously: https://lftp.yar.ru

Games

Nudoku – Sudoku: http://jubalh.github.io/nudoku/

MyMan – PacMan: https://myman.sourceforge.io

nInvaders – Space Invaders: http://ninvaders.sourceforge.net

Nethack – Dungeon Crawler: http://www.nethack.org/

Tetris: http://fph.altervista.org/prog/bastet.html

A few games here: https://www.alessandropira.org/alienwave/aw.html

A couple more here: https://inconsolation.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/cgames-three-in-one-fun/

I was mostly focused on things I know or use. I don’t game in the terminal. If you do https://itsfoss.com/best-command-line-games-linux/

Last but not least, Turbo Vision re-envisioned. If someone ported or rewrote PFS First Choice you’d have a whole Office Suite. There’s always FreeDOS!