5 Linux command line apps that still rock

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Today everybody is talking about UI/UX. Those who come from windows background have a habit of using every application through it’s GUI. Here we’ll discuss 5 Linux command line applications that are still worthy to know, and can be used when resources are limited. These applications don’t eat up a large amount of computer resources as they require much less memory and are very responsive unlike various other GUI applications.


Sounds like Vlc? Yeah, It’s a command line vlc for systems powered by linux, or you can say “vlc without GUI”. Almost every computer user is aware of VLC player. It can do everything that your VLC player can do – it’s cross-platform and support almost all audio and video codecs. That’s why we call it the player which can play ANYTHING.

command line tutorial for cvlc

To install it on Ubuntu,write sudo apt-get install cvlc


This is the command line web browser like lynx. Although it runs inside Terminal/Command Line Interface it behaves much like native gui apps. It has got an in-built drop down menu like various gui apps we use normally. You only need to press “ESC” key inorder to make the drop down menu disappear. It’s able to download files from internet. Well,it’ll be better to install it and then explore what it has to offer.

command line tutorial for links2

To install it on Ubuntu: sudo apt-get install links2

To open a webpage in your linux system simply issue the following command at the terminal ‘links2’. Here is a live example,

Screenshot of links2


This is a media player that can play your mp3 files. So, basically it’s a mp3 player
for your linux box. It has various modern features like load/save playlists, write
playlists, add folders, add groups, volume control searching etc. Use “” keys for volume control. The interface is quite user friendly. It shows the commands which will invoke certain functions on it’s interface.

command line tutorial for mp3blaster

To install it on Ubuntu: sudo apt-get install mp3blaster


It’s a text editor for Linux that runs inside Terminal/Shell. I like it very much and use it for day to day text editor needs. The interface is quite nice and shows the commands for
ordinary cut/copy/paste commands and a few more.

command line tutorial for nano application

To install it in Ubuntu: sudo apt-get install nano
Note: To save the file after editing press CTRL+X (as shown at the bottom).


The last in the list of rocking linux apps and by far the most popular and powerful command line text editor present today. Many versions of the program has been
developed up-till now. Also the application has been ported to various Operating Systems(OS).

It is said that the programmer who learns VIM will never feel the need of any other text editor. It’s because the editor is so full of features and has many plugins for each and every purpose, be it Syntax highlighting, text-formatting, Version control, Code Snippets for faster coding. Modern stuff like Zencoding are also available as a plugin.

The main power of this editor lies in the vast community of users and developers who develop plugins for VIM and release it to public. Although the learning curve is quite steep but if you manage to climb upto the peak, you’ll never feel the need of any other text editor.

command for installing vim app

To install it in Ubuntu: sudo apt-get install vim

That concludes our list of 5 linux command line apps that still lives in the ages of MJ yet you can use without any trouble.

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