TUI Terminal Tools

Text User Interfaces (TUIs) emerged with early computing era, providing a text based layout, instead of graphical user interfaces (GUIs). They are useful in resource-constrained environments notably in server management, system administration programming, and file management.


Even with the advent of graphical interfaces, TUIs still remain relevant, providing efficient, text based user interfaces for professionals and hobbyists and require less processing power where a GUI's overhead would be impractical.

 

Below is a list of terminal tools that are TUIs.

  1. aerc - A pretty good email client.
  1. aider - AI pair programming in your terminal
  1. amfora - A fancy terminal browser for the Gemini protocol.
  1. amp - A complete text editor for your terminal.
  1. atac - A simple API client (postman like) in your terminal.
  1. atop - An advanced interactive monitor for linux systems.
  1. bandwhich - Terminal bandwidth utilization tool
  1. bbcli - A TUI for accessing BBC News in the terminal.
  1. blink - tiniest x86-64-linux emulator.
  1. bmon - Bandwidth monitor and rate estimator
  1. bottom - Yet another cross-platform graphical process/system monitor.
  1. broot - A new way to see and navigate directory trees.
  1. brows - A GitHub releases browser for the terminal
  1. browsr - A pleasant file explorer in your terminal supporting all filesystems.
  1. btop - A terminal monitor of resources.
  1. byobu - Text-based window manager and terminal multiplexer
  1. calcure - Modern, customizable TUI calendar and task manager.
  1. calcurse - A calendar and scheduling application for the command line.
  1. cava - Cross-platform Audio Visualizer for Alsa
  1. cgdb - A curses (terminal-based) interface to the GNU Debugger (GDB)
  1. chmod-cli - effortlessly generate chmod commands.
  1. cmus - Small, fast and powerful console music player for Unix-like operating systems.
  1. cointop - cryptocurrency tracking for hackers that like htop.
  1. crates-tui - A TUI for exploring crates.io
  1. csvlens - a csv viewer like less but made for csv.
  1. ctop - A top-like interface for container metrics.
  1. dblab - The database client designed for command line specialists.
  1. delta - A viewer for git and diff output.
  1. dijo - scriptable, curses-based, digital habit tracker.
  1. diskonaut - terminal disk space navigator.
  1. dive - A tool for exploring each layer in a docker image.
  1. dns53 - Expose your EC2 quickly, easily and privately within a VPC.
  1. docfd - TUI multiline fuzzy document finder.
  1. dolphie - Realtime MySQL health monitoring in the terminal.
  1. dooit - A TUI todo manager for the terminal
  1. dry - A Docker manager for the terminal.
  1. dua - View disk space usage and delete unwanted data, fast.
  1. ducker - A slightly quackers Docker TUI.
  1. duf - Disk Usage/Free Utility - a better 'df' alternative.
  1. dug - A global DNS propagation checker on your CLI
  1. dunk - Prettier git diffs in the terminal 🎨
  1. dyff - diff tool for YAML files, and sometimes JSON.
  1. elia - A TUI ChatGPT client built with Textual
  1. emacs - The extensible, customizable, free/libre display editor.
  1. erldash - A simple, terminal-based Erlang dashboard.
  1. flameshow - A flamegraph viewer in the terminal.
  1. flawz - A TUI for browsing CVE security vulnerabilities.
  1. fnug - Run all your lints, tests and commands at once, in the terminal.
  1. fork-cleaner - A tool to clean up old and inactive forks on your GitHub account.
  1. fq - jq for binary formats.
  1. frogmouth - A Markdown browser for your terminal
  1. fx - command-line tool and terminal JSON viewer.
  1. gdb - The GNU Project Debugger
  1. gh-dash - An interactive GitHub Dashboard for your terminal.
  1. gitui - A blazing fast TUI for git written in rust
  1. glances - A cross platform top/htop alternative in python.
  1. glow - Render markdown on the CLI, with pizzazz!
  1. goaccess - a real-time web log analyzer and interactive viewer.
  1. gobang - A cross platform TUI database management tool written in Rust
  1. gocovsh - A shell for interacting with Go coverage profiles.
  1. goji - Commitizen-like tool for formatting commit messages using emojis.
  1. gomuks - A terminal based Matrix client written in Go.
  1. goto - SSH manager for easy server access.
  1. gotop - A terminal-based graphical activity monitor written in Go.
  1. gpg-tui - A terminal user interface for GPG
  1. gping - Ping, but with a graph.
  1. gpterminator - A TUI for OpenAI's ChatGPT
  1. gri - manage git/gerrit change requests in the terminal.
  1. grv - A Git Repository Viewer.
  1. gtop - System monitoring dashboard for terminal.
  1. gtt - A TUI for Google Translate, ChatGPT, DeepL and other AI services.
  1. hackernews-tui - A Terminal UI (TUI) to browse Hacker News.
  1. harlequin - The SQL IDE for Your Terminal.
  1. havn - A fast configurable port scanner with reasonable defaults.
  1. helix - A post-modern text editor.
  1. hexabyte - A modern, modular, and robust TUI hex editor.
  1. hledger-ui - Fast, friendly, robust plain text accounting software (TUI version)
  1. hnterm - Hacker News in the terminal.
  1. hostctl - A CLI tool to manage /etc/hosts like a pro!
  1. hours - no-frills time tracking toolkit for the command line.
  1. htop - An interactive process viewer.
  1. humble-explorer - cross-platform, command-line Bluetooth Low Energy scanner.
  1. hwatch - An alternative watch command.
  1. iamb - A matrix client for vim addicts.
  1. impala - TUI for managing WiFi on Linux.
  1. irssi - A well known cross-platform and famous IRC client
  1. jira-cli - Interact with Jira in the Terminal with Jira CLI.
  1. jless - A command-line JSON viewer.
  1. jnv - Interactive JSON filter using jq.
  1. joshuto - ranger-like terminal file manager written in Rust.
  1. jqp - A TUI playground to experiment with jq.
  1. jwt-ui - A CLI and TUI for decoding/encoding JSON Web Tokens.
  1. k9s - Kubernetes CLI and TUI To Manage Your Clusters In Style!
  1. kaskade - A text user interface (TUI) for Apache Kafka.
  1. kbt - A keyboard tester in terminal.
  1. keyb - Create and view custom hotkey cheatsheets in the terminal.
  1. kmon - Linux Kernel Manager and Activity Monitor.
  1. ktop - A top-like tool for your Kubernetes clusters.
  1. kupo - A terminal file manager / browser, kupo!
  1. lazydocker - The lazier way to manage everything docker
  1. lazygit - Simple terminal UI for git commands.
  1. lazynpm - A simple TUI for npm commands.
  1. lf - A terminal file manager which "lists files".
  1. lnav - An ncurses-based log file viewer for the terminal.
  1. logmerger - A utility to view multiple log files with merged timeline.
  1. logshark - A CLI / TUI debugger for JSON logs.
  1. logss - A simple cli for logs splitting.
  1. lynx - A TUI based web browser.
  1. mapscii - The whole world in your console.
  1. mc - Midnight Commander, a feature-rich visual file manager for the terminal.
  1. mdp - A command-line based markdown presentation tool
  1. mdtt - Markdown Table Editor TUI.
  1. meli - Experimental mail client with a terminal-user interface.
  1. micro - A modern and intuitive terminal-based text editor
  1. mitmproxy - A TLS/SSL-capable interception HTTP proxy.
  1. moc - A music player with a terminal user interface (TUI)
  1. mop - stock market tracker for hackers.
  1. mprocs - Run multiple commands in parallel.
  1. musikcube - A cross-platform terminal-based music player
  1. navi - An interactive cheatsheet tool for the command line.
  1. ncdu - A ncurses based disk usage analyzer
  1. nemu - ncurses-based TUI for QEMU.
  1. neomutt - A command line mail reader based on mutt
  1. neoss - User-friendly and detailed socket statistics with a TUI.
  1. neovim - Hyperextensible Vim-based text editor
  1. netop - A network topology visualizer.
  1. netscanner - A network scanning tool.
  1. newsboat - An open-source RSS/Atom feed reader for text terminals
  1. nnn - The missing terminal file manager for X
  1. noping - A C library to generate ICMP echo requests with a visualization
  1. ntop - htop-like system-monitor for windows.
  1. nvtop - NVIDIA GPUs htop like monitoring tool
  1. oha - A tiny TUI program that sends some load to a web application.
  1. openapi-tui - Browse and run APIs defined with OpenAPI v3.0 in the TUI
  1. orbiton - A terminal-based text editor and a minimalistic IDE.
  1. oterm - A text-based terminal client for ollama.
  1. otti - one-time TUI password manager for the terminal.
  1. ov - A feature rich terminal-based pager.
  1. ox - A Rust text editor that runs in your terminal!
  1. oxker - A simple TUI to view & control docker containers.
  1. patat - Terminal-based presentations using Pandoc.
  1. pathos - A terminal interface for editing and managing PATH environment variables.
  1. pctrl - A terminal-based process controller.
  1. planor - A TUI client for cloud services for aws, vultr, heroku, etc.
  1. portal - A quick and easy command-line file transfer utility.
  1. presenterm - A TUI markdown terminal slideshow tool.
  1. procmux - A terminal multiplexer for processes.
  1. projectable - A terminal-based project manager
  1. pug - Drive terraform at terminal velocity.
  1. pumas - Power Usage Monitor for Apple Silicon.
  1. pvw - A terminal-based (TUI) port viewer in Go
  1. pysentation - TUI for displaying Python presentations
  1. radare2 - unix-like reverse engineering framework and command-line toolset.
  1. ranger - A vim-inspired file manager for the console.
  1. rizin - open source reverse engineering tool based on radare2.
  1. rssnix - filesystem-based rss/atom/json feed fetcher and reader
  1. s-tui - terminal-based CPU stress and monitoring utility.
  1. sc-im - An ncurses spreadsheet program for terminal
  1. scli - simple terminal user interface (TUI) for Signal.
  1. servitor - A fediverse client with a terminal interface
  1. sig - interactive grep. (for streaming)
  1. sizeof - A command-line tool to calculate the size of data structures
  1. slack-term - A Slack client for your terminal.
  1. slides - A terminal based presentation tool
  1. slurm - Realtime traffic statistics for network interfaces
  1. sntop - A simple network top for monitoring connectivity
  1. spotify-player - A Spotify player in the terminal with full feature parity.
  1. spotify-tui - Spotify for the terminal written in Rust
  1. sshs - Terminal user interface for SSH
  1. sttr - A CLI/TUI tool to perform 30+ string transformations on text.
  1. stu - A TUI application for AWS S3 written in Rust.
  1. superfile - fancy, modern file manager in the terminal.
  1. tailspin - A log file highlighter
  1. taskwarrior-tui - A terminal user interface for taskwarrior
  1. tcpterm - A terminal-based TCP dump viewer.
  1. tempy - A simple TUI for displaying the current weather in the terminal
  1. termdbms - A terminal UI for editing database files
  1. termscp - A feature rich terminal file transfer tool.
  1. termshark - A terminal UI (TUI) for tshark, inspired by Wireshark.
  1. tickrs - Realtime ticker data in your terminal
  1. tig - Text-mode interface for git
  1. tinboard - A terminal-based client for pinboard.in
  1. tmux - An open-source terminal multiplexer.
  1. toot - Interact with Mastodon directly in the terminal.
  1. tran - Securely transfer and send anything between computers with a TUI
  1. trippy - A TUI network diagnostics tool
  1. ttyper - A terminal-based typing test
  1. ttyplot - A realtime terminal plotting utility with data input from stdin.
  1. tuime - A colorful and customizable TUI clock written in Rust.
  1. tut - A TUI for Mastodon with vim inspired keys
  1. twitch-tui - A Twitch chat TUI client for the terminal
  1. typeinc - A cool ncurses based typing speed test tool.
  1. typioca - Cozy typing speed tester in terminal.
  1. tz - A terminal based timezone helper
  1. ugm - A TUI to view information about UNIX users and groups
  1. updo - Uptime monitoring CLI tool with alerting and advanced settings.
  1. vim - The ubiquitous text editor
  1. vtop - Wow such top. So stats. More better than regular top
  1. weechat - The extensible chat client
  1. wg-cmd - TUI for managing WireGuard configuration files
  1. wiki-tui - A fast Wikipedia CLI/TUI client
  1. wordgrinder - A cross-platform word processor for the terminal
  1. wtf - The personal information dashboard for your terminal.
  1. xplr - A hackable, minimal, fast TUI file explorer
  1. yai - Your AI powered terminal assistant
  1. yazi - Blazing fast terminal file manager written in Rust, based on async I/O.
  1. youtube-tui - An aesthetically pleasing YouTube TUI written in Rust
  1. zeit - A simple command-line tool to track your time
  1. zellij - A terminal workspace with batteries included.
  1. zenith - A terminal UI (TUI) for monitoring system resources
  1. zrok - a next-generation peer-to-peer sharing platform

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