7 Terminal Commands That Will Just Make You Smile

These tutorials don’t always have to be practical

Coder’s Cat
Feb 19 · 3 min read
Photo by Mateus Campos Felipe on Unsplash.

Shell command is a powerful tool for improving a developer’s productivity. There are also some really funny command tools that will make you smile after a long day of work.

You can play word games in terminals, create a beautiful ASCII picture, and more. Let’s have a look.


1. sl

$ sudo apt-get install sl  # Linux
$ brew install sl # MacOs

If you run it, you will see a train coming from right to left. The result looks like this:


2. fortune

$ sudo apt-get install fortune  # Linux
$ brew install fortune # MacOs

fortune will display quotes, funny predictions, jokes, or even poetry in the terminal.

You can find more details on fortune’s webpage.


3. cowsay

$ sudo apt-get install cowsay  # Linux
$ brew install cowsay # MacOs
$ cowsay hello

cowsay will display a cow with the words you input as arguments.

It’s funnier to combine it with fortune through a pipeline:


4. toilet


5. oneko

$ sudo apt-get install oneko  # Linux
Linux / Unix Desktop Fun App Oneko: Cat-and-mouse Chase

6. xeyes

$ sudo apt-get install x11-apps  # Linux
$ xeyes

7. cmatrix

Have fun and happy coding!

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