Stephen Whitmore

Wednesday November 29th, 2017

Excellent Command Line Tools

I spend most of my computer time on the command line. The command line is such a powerful environment. Unlike graphical user interfaces, command line programs are simple to create. That makes you can build your own more easily than graphical programs, and it also makes it much easier to chain them together to do tasks that dwarf the sum of their parts.

Excellent holistic tools are ones that are easy to learn and understand, but empower and inspire. When used well, you barely even notice that they’re there.

Here are some of my favourite tools, which empower and inspire me every day, along with short descriptions about what they are and why they’re useful:

General Purpose


Peer-to-peer & Networking



Javascript & Node.JS