The best applications to use from the terminal

Are you a terminal lover? Pity PC owner? Maybe you are one of those who keeps looking for tricks to optimize resources? Are you dizzy so many buttons and chirimbolos?

Well, after several hours of research I am pleased to share with you a list of programs that run directly from the terminal and what can replace similar programs that have a complete graphical interface. This is by no means a complete list of ALL the available apps, but it will help you start to know a new world that you surely did not know.

Here is the list of terminal applications that can replace those that have a complete graphical interface. To try one, you just have to look for it in the repositories of your favorite distro.



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  1.   Hunabku lopez said

    install a new version of plowshare and now you can download it from wupload. plowshare now works much better

  2.   Hunabku lopez said

    They are great, thank you very much Pablo !!!!! By the way, does anyone know a way to run jdownloader or something similar in the terminal?

  3.   Hunabku lopez said

    I was testing plowshare and I really like it is simple to use and obviously consumes much less resources than jdownloader although apparently it cannot download from some servers such as depositfiles or wupload. Thanks again for the information!

  4.   Let's use Linux said


  5.   Daniel Cremades said

    And as a system monitor you cannot miss HTOP 🙂

  6.   Jeffry Roldan said

    Hehe I'm a terminal lover and the owner of a PC that hurts. There are also many for security testing like nmap, arp-scan, ettercap, etc. To play mplayer audio, to record the recordmydesktop desktop, finally, there is where to choose from lol, great luck post.

  7.   Guest said

    In terminals you can add "tmux"

  8.   Let's use Linux said

    Well, well ... all contributions on other applications that are not listed are always welcome ...

    On August 12, 2011 16:55 PM, Disqus
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  9.   Atilio Quintero said

    Although it is more like a screen clone I prefer byobu in terminals.

  10.   krafty said

    MC the best of the best.
    It was the first program that I used in my beginnings in GNU / Linux back in 2001.

  11.   -------- said

    Very good article, you always teach me something new, it has been a discovery to meet you via twitter, you are a crack

  12.   Futreras said

    Hello Pablo, I am writing to you from Chile, I declare myself passionate about technology, but very slowly I want you to tell me how I download this application to my tablet beforehand, thank you very much Fernando.

  13.   Let's use Linux said

    I don't think you can use them on your tablet… these are applications that run under Linux desktop distributions, such as Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, etc. Maybe you can find some of these programs also for Android, it would be a matter of looking for them in the Market.
    I hope I have been of some help! Cheers! Paul.

  14.   Miquel Mayol i Tur said

    Put a link to a site that collects the list of terminal games, I am quite a gamer in this field, I know very little.

    I take this opportunity to inform you about nclbox, Dosbox inside chrome, in addition to the native client technology, in the future it may give us emulators inside the browser, who knows if wine or Qemu will take advantage of it.

  15.   Exio Four said

    Byobu is not a screen clone, it is a script that uses screen and 'makes it easy' ..

  16.   Marcelo said

    What a good post! to save it! = D