Hide

What's this?

commandlinefu.com is the place to record those command-line gems that you return to again and again.

Delete that bloated snippets file you've been using and share your personal repository with the world. That way others can gain from your CLI wisdom and you from theirs too. All commands can be commented on, discussed and voted up or down.


If you have a new feature suggestion or find a bug, please get in touch via http://commandlinefu.uservoice.com/

Get involved!

You can sign-in using OpenID credentials, or register a traditional username and password.

First-time OpenID users will be automatically assigned a username which can be changed after signing in.

Hide

Stay in the loop…

Follow the Tweets.

Every new command is wrapped in a tweet and posted to Twitter. Following the stream is a great way of staying abreast of the latest commands. For the more discerning, there are Twitter accounts for commands that get a minimum of 3 and 10 votes - that way only the great commands get tweeted.

» http://twitter.com/commandlinefu
» http://twitter.com/commandlinefu3
» http://twitter.com/commandlinefu10

Subscribe to the feeds.

Use your favourite RSS aggregator to stay in touch with the latest commands. There are feeds mirroring the 3 Twitter streams as well as for virtually every other subset (users, tags, functions,…):

Subscribe to the feed for:

Hide

News

2011-03-12 - Confoo 2011 presentation
Slides are available from the commandlinefu presentation at Confoo 2011: http://presentations.codeinthehole.com/confoo2011/
2011-01-04 - Moderation now required for new commands
To try and put and end to the spamming, new commands require moderation before they will appear on the site.
2010-12-27 - Apologies for not banning the trolls sooner
Have been away from the interwebs over Christmas. Will be more vigilant henceforth.
2010-09-24 - OAuth and pagination problems fixed
Apologies for the delay in getting Twitter's OAuth supported. Annoying pagination gremlin also fixed.
Hide

Tags

Hide

Functions

All commands from sorted by
Terminal - All commands - 11,591 results
grep -rc logged_in app/ | cut -d : -f 2 | awk '{sum+=$1} END {print sum}'
2009-07-15 14:16:44
User: terceiro
Functions: awk cut grep
-2

grep's -c outputs how may matches there are for a given file as "file:N", cut takes the N's and awk does the sum.

vboxmanage startvm --type gui $(vboxmanage list vms | sed -e 's/"//g' | cut -f1 -d ' ' | dmenu -i -p "VMs")
stsadm -o addalternatedomain -url http://paperino.paperopoli.com -urlzone Internet -incomingurl http://quiquoqua.paperopoli.com
2011-07-09 11:32:45
User: 0disse0
-2

How to add an "alternate access mapping" from the command line and avoid passing on Friday evening following the interpretation of the all-too-terse "log" of SharePoint?

for i in * ; do cp $i $i.bak; done
2009-02-05 15:15:40
User: swinz
Functions: cp
-2

quick in directory backup of all files in this directory. Adds the .bak extension to all copies.

head -c $((<pw-lenght>-2)) /dev/urandom | uuencode -m - | sed -e '1d' -e '3d' | sed -e 's/=.*$//g'
2009-03-24 20:05:16
User: P17
Functions: head sed uuencode
-2

Replace < pw-length > with the desired password-length.

The password-length is not always correct, but wayne...

ifconfig | grep eth | awk '{print $5}'
2011-02-02 20:42:22
User: diacus
Functions: awk grep ifconfig
-2

This command is useful when you want to check your nic's mac address, if you're interested in your wireless interface, use its ID instead "eth".

This command was tested under Ubuntu and Slackware GNU/Linux.

svn log -q | grep -v "^-" | cut -d "|" -f 2 | sort -u
find . -type f -print0 | xargs -0 chmod a-x
2012-06-11 07:28:30
User: jlaunay
Functions: chmod find xargs
-2

Using xargs is usually much quicker as it does not have to execute chmod for every file

diff -qr <dir1> <dir2>
find . -type f -exec ls -s \{\} \; | sort -n
2010-06-02 11:03:31
User: Insti
Functions: find ls sort
-2

Finds all files below the current directory.

Orders the result from smallest to largest.

Good for finding the largest files in the tree.

alias myip='curl -s www.wieistmeineip.de | egrep -o "[0-9]{1,3}\.[0-9]{1,3}\.[0-9]{1,3}\.[0-9]{1,3}"'
egrep -i "somepattern" `find . -type f -print`
VAR="foo" ; awk '{ print '"$VAR"' }'
2011-04-15 07:56:20
User: FRUiT
Functions: awk
Tags: bash awk print
-2

BASH: Print shell variable into AWK

kill -9 $$
2009-02-17 15:10:29
User: chanux
Functions: kill
-2

Kill -9 immediately kills the given process number. $$ is the process ID of the process you are in.

sed -n '/jan\|Jan\|JAN\|JAn\|jAn\|jAN\|jaN/p' data.txt > jan-only-data.txt
du -shc .[^.]* * | grep [MG]
2010-07-06 10:13:18
User: rubo77
Functions: du grep
-2

shows only folders, that are MB or GB in total size

links2 -dump http://checkip.dyndns.com| egrep -m1 -o '[0-9]{1,3}\.[0-9]{1,3}\.[0-9]{1,3}\.[0-9]{1,3}'
wget -O- -q http://www.nomachine.com/download-package.php?Prod_Id=2067 | sed -n -e 'H;${x;s/\n/ /g;p;}' | sed -e "s/[Hh][Rr][Ee][Ff]=\"/\n/g" | cut -d "\"" -f1 | sort -u | grep deb$
complete -W "$(echo `cat ~/.ssh/known_hosts | cut -f 1 -d ' ' | sed -e s/,.*//g | uniq | grep -v "\["`;)" ssh
alias ':q'='exit'; alias ':e'='vim';
2012-08-12 12:35:10
User: expelledboy
Functions: alias
Tags: vim alias
-2

This was me just succumbing to the habits, but now I rarely use quit or vim directly, so beware! :)

ps -e | grep SearchStringHere
wget http://checkip.dyndns.org && clear && echo && echo My IP && egrep -o '([[:digit:]]{1,3}\.){3}[[:digit:]]{1,3}' index.html && echo && rm index.html
pgrep <name>
2010-02-28 22:59:33
User: alesplin
Tags: grep ps
-2

You'll need to install proctools. MacPorts and Fink have this if you're running Mac OS X, check your Linux distribution's repositories if it isn't installed by default.

kill -9 `ps -u user -o "pid="`
wget http://tools.web4host.net/versions.tmp --quiet -O - | grep PHPMYADMIN | sed 's/PHPMYADMIN=//' | cat
2011-09-22 04:11:44
User: wr8cr8
Functions: grep sed wget
-2

This is to get the latest version of phpMyAdmin to support scripts to download the latest version of the software if they want to automatically update.