7 great Terminal/CLI tools not everyone knows

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  • exa

    A modern replacement for ‘ls’.

    exa (https://github.com/ogham/exa) is a modern replacement for the venerable file-listing command-line program ls that ships with Unix and Linux operating systems, giving it more features and better defaults. It uses colours to distinguish file types and metadata. It knows about symlinks, extended attributes, and Git. And it’s small, fast, and just one single binary.

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  • ripgrep

    ripgrep recursively searches directories for a regex pattern while respecting your gitignore

    ripgrep (https://github.com/BurntSushi/ripgrep) is a line-oriented search tool that recursively searches the current directory for a regex pattern. By default, ripgrep will respect gitignore rules and automatically skip hidden files/directories and binary files. ripgrep has first class support on Windows, macOS and Linux, with binary downloads available for every release. ripgrep is similar to other popular search tools like The Silver Searcher, ack and grep.

  • bat

    A cat(1) clone with wings.

    bat (https://github.com/sharkdp/bat) is a cat clone with syntax highlighting and Git integration.

  • jq

    Command-line JSON processor

    jq (https://github.com/stedolan/jq) is a lightweight and flexible command-line JSON processor.

  • thefuck

    Magnificent app which corrects your previous console command.

    thefuck (https://github.com/nvbn/thefuck) is a magnificent app, inspired by a @liamosaur tweet, that corrects errors in previous console commands.

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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