zx VS shelljs

Compare zx vs shelljs and see what are their differences.


A tool for writing better scripts (by google)


:shell: Portable Unix shell commands for Node.js (by shelljs)
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zx shelljs
87 25
35,167 13,575
2.5% 0.7%
9.5 5.1
23 days ago 4 months ago
JavaScript JavaScript
Apache License 2.0 BSD 3-clause "New" or "Revised" License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of zx. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-10-29.


Posts with mentions or reviews of shelljs. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-06-14.
  • zx 7.0.0 release
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/javascript | 14 Jun 2022
    Feels like this library is trying to solve a problem solved long ago by shelljs
  • Guide: Hush Shell-Scripting Language
    23 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 25 Apr 2022
    The purpose of OP's project kind of reminded me of shell.js (shx) [1] which is a nodejs library that wraps all kinds of common UNIX commands to their own synchronously executed methods.

    I guess that most shell projects start off as wanting to be a cross-platform solution to other operating systems, but somewhere in between either escalate to being their own programming language (like all the powershell revamps) or trying to reinvent the backwards-compatibility approach and/or POSIX standards (e.g. oil shell).

    What I miss among all these new shell projects is a common standardization effort like sh/dash/bash/etc did back in the days. Without creating something like POSIX that also works on Windows and MacOS, all these shell efforts remain being only toy projects of developers without the possibility that they could actually replace the native shells of Linux distributions.

    Most projects in the node.js area I've seen migrate their build scripts at some point to node.js, because maintaining packages and runtimes on Windows is a major shitshow. node.js has the benefit (compared to other environments) that it's a single .exe that you have to copy somewhere and then you're set to go.

    When I compare that with python, for example, it is super hard to integrate. All the anaconda- or python-based bundles for ML engineers are pretty messed up environments on Windows; and nobody actually knows where their site-packages/libraries are really coming from and how to even update them correctly with upstream.

    [1] https://github.com/shelljs/shelljs

  • Ask HN: Let's Build CheckStyle for Bash?
    15 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 20 Feb 2022
    Oh people have tried - here are a few https://stackoverflow.com/questions/10239235/are-there-any-l...

    I vaguely remember quite liking bish when I saw it years ago https://github.com/tdenniston/bish but it looks like no commits in 6 years.

    This shelljs thing looks more promising, but really tedious to use https://github.com/shelljs/shelljs - shell.rm('-rf', 'out/Release'); I'd rather suffer proper bash than have to do that sort of thing.

    Nothing seems to have really caught on so far. Bash is easy to learn and hack on, and before you know it, that simple install.sh that started out moving a few files around is 5000 lines, unmaintainable, and critical to bootstrapping your software :)

  • Release of google/zx 5.0.0
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/javascript | 9 Feb 2022
    I personally prefer shelljs for stuff like this. zx seems pretty high on the "insane syntactic sugar" train.
  • How to build a CLI using NodeJS 💻
    10 projects | dev.to | 4 Jan 2022
    As we are creating starter files, let's use ShellJS to run commands like git clone, mkdir...
  • shelljs VS bargs - a user suggested alternative
    2 projects | 7 Dec 2021
  • Scripting Languages of the Future
    9 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 7 Nov 2021
    This talks a bunch about the "good run" of current scripting languages, including for example JavaScript.

    But JavaScript, as an actual scripting language, has been pretty primitive but finally starting to become a real candidate for actual scripting. There's imo crufty not very great options like shelljs[1]. But adding a tagged-template string for system(), for calling things, and a little bit of standard library has made JS a much more interesting & competent scripting language. Those efforts are being done in ZX[2].

    I like the idea of the topic, exploring it. But the author feels off in a number of places.

    > What TypeScript showed is that you could join together the idea of a flexible lightweight (and optional!) type system onto an existing programming language, and do so successfully. . . .The question then is - what if you created a programming language from the start to have this kind of support?

    Personally I just don't think languages matter very much. They're very similar, by & large. They have different tooling, packaging, somewhat different looks/feels for executing code, and their standard libraries are different. But TypeScript is popular & fast at least 90% because it is JS, because it works with JS things. Arguing that we should try to recreate TypeScript apart from JS sounds like a mind blowing waste of time. Also, Deno has good integrated TypeScript support.

    On the topic of easy parallelism, JavaScript promises are imo quite easy to stitch together & use & quite available.

    One of the main issues I see with easy-parallelism is that it's too easy: there's too many cases for uncontrolled parallelism. Throwing tarn.js or other worker-pools at problems seems all too common. But one is still left stitching together each pool/stage of work. I'd like to see SEDA[3] like architectures emerge, and perhaps get added to something like ZX standard library.

    [1] https://github.com/shelljs/shelljs

    [2] https://github.com/google/zx

    [3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Staged_event-driven_architectu...

  • Fixing a bug in an open source project - telescope
    2 projects | dev.to | 31 Oct 2021
    Having never worked with shelljs, I spent a little bit going through their documentation and found out that exec() accepted 3 arguments for the callback, namely code, stdout and stderr. Gaining that little bit of knowledge, I went back into the file to gain an idea of what was going on.
  • Can we please share Hero Grids and Filters?
    8 projects | reddit.com/r/DotA2 | 20 Aug 2021
    i'm using visual studio code as the code editor and right now the vrf cli (using a shelljs wrapper) to decompile/export game files and assets like hero images or icons.
  • Running migrations for an Aurora Serverless cluster
    5 projects | dev.to | 13 Aug 2021
    2.The shelljs library allows us to run shell commands from nodejs. You can read more about it "here"

What are some alternatives?

When comparing zx and shelljs you can also consider the following projects:

Inquirer.js - A collection of common interactive command line user interfaces.

TypeScript - TypeScript is a superset of JavaScript that compiles to clean JavaScript output.


chalk - 🖍 Terminal string styling done right

nvm - Node Version Manager - POSIX-compliant bash script to manage multiple active node.js versions

deno - A modern runtime for JavaScript and TypeScript.

Commander.js - node.js command-line interfaces made easy

xonsh - :shell: Python-powered, cross-platform, Unix-gazing shell

sudo-block - Block users from running your app with root permissions

oclif - Node.js Open CLI Framework. Built by Salesforce.

execa - Process execution for humans

minimist - parse argument options