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A curated list of delightful CLI software for console lovers, and of course all FOSS.

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Audio players

Website Summary Written in License
cmus cmus is a small, fast and powerful console music player for Unix-like operating systems C GPLv2
mpg123 Fast console MPEG Audio Player and decoder library C, Assembly LGPL2.1
pianobar pianobar is a free/open-source, console-based client for the personalized online radio Pandora C MIT

MPD clients

MPD stands for Music Player Daemon and it is one of the most extensible and powerful audio tools available on Linux. It acts as a “server” and you interact with it through a client, of which there are many, graphical, web-based, as well as CLI. For a broader list, see the Arch Wiki page

Website Summary Written in License
clerk MPD client using rofi or fzf Perl MIT
fmui fzf mpd user interface Shell GPL-3.0
mpc mpc connects to a MPD and controls it according to commands and arguments passed to it C GPL-2.0
ncmpcpp featureful ncurses based MPD client inspired by ncmpc C++ GPL-2.0

BitTorrent

Website Summary Written in License
rTorrent Simple and lightweight ncurses BitTorrent client. Requires libtorrent backend C++ GPLv2
Transmission-CLI A Fast, Easy and Free BitTorrent Client C, Objective-C GPLv2 or GPLv3

Download managers

Website Summary Written in License
aria2 aria2 is a lightweight multi-protocol & multi-source command-line download utility C++ GPLv2
lftp Sophisticated command line file transfer program (ftp, http, sftp, fish, torrent) C++ GPLv3
You-Get Tiny command-line utility to download media contents (videos, audios, images) from the Web, in case there is no other handy way to do it Python MIT
youtube-dl A command-line program to download videos from YouTube.com and a few more sites Python Unlicense
wget Is a free software package for retrieving files using HTTP, HTTPS, FTP and FTPS the most widely-used Internet protocols C GPLv3

Email

Website Summary Written in License
aerc aerc is an email client that runs in your terminal C MIT
alot Terminal-based Mail User Agent Python GPLv3
Alpine Fast, easy-to-use and Apache-licensed email client based on Pine C Apache
mu/mu4e Maildir indexer/searcher + emacs mail client + guile bindings GPLv3
Mutt Small but very powerful text-based mail client C GPLv2+
NeoMutt Command line mail reader (or MUA). It’s a fork of Mutt with added features C GPLv2
notmuchmail A fast mail indexer built on top of xapian C GPLv3
S-nail S-nail provides a simple and friendly environment for sending and receiving mail C BSD

File managers

Website Summary Written in License
fff A simple file manager written in bash Bash MIT
lf Terminal file manager written in Go using server/client architecture Go MIT
Midnight Commander Console-based, dual-paneled file manager C GPLv2
n³/nnn Tiny, lightning fast, feature-packed file manager C BSD-2-Clause
ranger A VIM-inspired filemanager for the console Python GPLv3
Vifm Vifm is a file manager with curses interface, which provides Vi[m]-like environment for managing objects within file systems, extended with some useful ideas from mutt C GPLv2

Instant messaging

IRC

Website Summary Written in License
BitchX A full-featured, scriptable free software IRC client for UNIX-like systems C GPLv2
ii is a minimalist FIFO and filesystem-based IRC client C MIT/X
Irssi Your text mode chatting application since 1999. IRC built-in. Multi-protocol friendly for module authors C GPLv2
tiny an IRC client written in Rust with a clutter-free interface Rust MIT
WeeChat Modular, lightweight ncurses-based IRC client C GPLv3

Matrix

Website Summary Written in License
gomuks A terminal based Matrix client written in Go Go AGPLv3
weechat-matrix Weechat Matrix protocol script written in python Python MIT

Multi-protocol

Website Summary Written in License
BitlBee BitlBee brings IM (instant messaging) to IRC clients C GPLv2
Finch Pidgin but CLI C GPLv2+

Tox

Website Summary Written in License
Toxic An ncurses-based Tox client C GPLv3

XMPP

Website Summary Written in License
Profanity Profanity is a console based XMPP client written in C using ncurses and libstrophe, inspired by Irssi C GPLv3+

Microblogging

Website Summary Written in License
Rainbow Stream A smart and nice Twitter client on terminal written in Python Python MIT
toot Mastodon CLI & TUI client Python GPLv3
turses A twitter client for the console Python GPLv3
tut a Mastodon TUI Go MIT

Password Managers

Website Summary Written in License
gopass gopass is a simple but powerful password manager for your terminal Go MIT
KeePassXC keepassxc-cli for the terminal, but installs a GUI C++ Multiple
lesspass LessPass is a stateless password manager Python GPLv3
pass the standard unix password manager Bash GPLv2+

Podcast

Website Summary Written in License
castget A command-line podcast downloader C GPLv2
marrie A simple podcast client that runs on the CLI Python BSD-3-Clause
pcd CLI podcast client (podcatcher) written in golang Go GPLv3
shellcaster Terminal-based podcast manager built in Rust Rust GPLv3

RSS

Website Summary Written in License
Canto Canto is an Atom/RSS feed reader for the console that is meant to be quick, concise, and colorful Python GPLv2
Newsboat Newsboat is an RSS/Atom feed reader for the text console. It’s an actively maintained fork of Newsbeuter C++, Rust MIT
Snownews Snownews is a command-line RSS feed reader. It runs on everything Unix C, Perl GPLv3
Sfeed Sfeed is a RSS and Atom parser (and some format programs). It converts RSS or Atom feeds from XML to a TAB-separated file C ISC

Text editors

Website Summary Written in License
dte A small and easy to use console text editor C GPLv2
Emacs The extensible, customizable, self-documenting real-time display editor by GNU Lisp, C GPLv3
Kakoune Modal editor · Faster as in less keystrokes · Multiple selections · Orthogonal design C++ Unlicense
nano Console text editor based on pico with on-screen key bindings help C GPLv2
Neovim Vim’s rebirth for the 21st century Vim script, C, Lua Apache
tilde Tilde is a text editor for the console/terminal, which provides an intuitive interface for people accustomed to GUI environments such as Gnome, KDE and Windows C++ GPLv3

Office tools

Website Summary Written in License
present A terminal-based presentation tool with colors and effects. Python Apache 2.0

Video players

Website Summary Written in License
MPlayer Video player that supports a complete and versatile array of video and audio formats C GPLv2
mpv Movie and audio player based on MPlayer and mplayer2 C, Objective-C, Lua GPLv2
VLC Command-line version of the famous video player that can play smoothly high definition videos in the TTY. The rc interface can be launched with vlc -I rc, and the ncurses interface can be launched with vlc -I ncurses C LGPG2.1 & GPLv2

(Non-)Web browsers

Website Summary Written in License
amfora A fancy terminal browser for the Gemini protocol Go GPLv3
asuka asuka is a Gemini Project client written in Rust with NCurses Rust MIT
AV-98 A CLI-based Gemini Client Python BSD 2-clause
bolluks a bash Gemini client Bash MIT
Bombadillo Bombadillo is a non-web client that supports Gopher, Gemini and many more Go GPLv3
Browsh A fully-modern text-based browser, rendering to TTY and browsers Javascript, Go LGPL-2.1
Elpher A Gopher/Gemini client for GNU Emacs Lisp GPLv3
Lynx Text browser that supports http(s) and Gopher ISO C GPLv2

Miscellaneous

Website Summary Written in License
asciinema Easily record terminal sessions and replay them in a terminal as well as in a web browser. Python GPLv3
dijo A scriptable habit tracker that runs in your terminal. Rust MIT
ocm Owl’s Contact Manager - The pass-like contact manager Shell GPLv3

Maintainers

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License

CC0 Public domain. This work is free of known copyright restrictions.