6 Command Line Tools for Productive Programmers

This page summarizes the projects mentioned and recommended in the original post on reddit.com/r/commandline

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  • zsh-z

    Jump quickly to directories that you have visited "frecently." A native Zsh port of z.sh with added features.

    You might mention agkozak's zsh-z directory jumper (only for Zsh) along with the others.

  • z.lua

    :zap: A new cd command that helps you navigate faster by learning your habits.

    I personally use z.lua, but if you're a Rust fan there's also zoxide. Both are multi-platform and highly configurable.

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  • zoxide

    A smarter cd command. Supports all major shells.

    I personally use z.lua, but if you're a Rust fan there's also zoxide. Both are multi-platform and highly configurable.

  • powerlevel10k

    A Zsh theme

    Powerlevel10k fits with the theme of some of the other tools you mention in that article. It's a fast, easily configurable ZSH theme that allows you to display lots of different pieces of information on the prompt. If nothing else, for me seeing the current branch and repo status on the prompt is a huge time saver when working with git.

  • modern-unix

    A collection of modern/faster/saner alternatives to common unix commands.

    You have a couple of them already, but most of the tools on this list are fantastic! (not my list) I find exa, delta, and rg particularly useful! My favorite top replacement is not on the list: bpytop

  • bpytop

    Linux/OSX/FreeBSD resource monitor

    You have a couple of them already, but most of the tools on this list are fantastic! (not my list) I find exa, delta, and rg particularly useful! My favorite top replacement is not on the list: bpytop

NOTE: The number of mentions on this list indicates mentions on common posts plus user suggested alternatives. Hence, a higher number means a more popular project.

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