I really like using the command line and I always try to learn something new from time to time. Here are a few programs I like the most.

oh my zsh

Oh my zsh is a framework to to managing your zsh configuration.

Long story short, you have a single configuration file and a better terminal experience.

For example you can change your terminal to always show the branch name so you don’t need to run git branch to know that. You can also add many other things like show a if you have changes in your code, how many items you have on your stash, etc.

I’ve seen people using it in a bunch different ways, but I stick the basics like using a few plugins and not too much customizations.

You can check my configuration file here.


xargs builds and executes command lines given an input. It’s specially useful after greping. For example:

git branch | grep bugfix | xargs git branch -D

xargs is going to execute git branch -D for each branch name listed from git branch | grep bugfix


AWK is a programming language designed for text processing. It has a bunch of features which I should take some time to learn, but I mainly use it for getting the content of a column given a command result.

For example if you run ps aux in the command line, you’d get a result like this:

youruser     2073   0.0  0.1  2462832   5012 s001  Ss   10:08PM   0:00.99 program1
youruser     1954   0.0  0.0  2463092   3576   ??  Ss   10:08PM   0:04.17 program2
youruser     1952   0.0  0.0  2445684   1352 s000  S+   10:08PM   0:00.01 program3

If you want to get the process id (aka pid) to kill it you only need the content of the second column.

With awk you can do it like this:

ps aux | grep program1 | awk '{print $2}' | xargs kill


easy access to your servers

You can save some configs to easy access your servers into ~/.ssh/config and they look this:

Host my_server
  User ubuntu
  IdentityFile /path/to/your/key.pem
  HostName ec2-123-123-123-123.compute-1.amazonaws.com

so you can access your server with ssh my_server.

copy files over ssh

  • to copy from your machine to the server: scp myfile.txt my_server:/home/ubuntu/myfile.txt
  • to copy from your server to your machine: scp my_server:/home/ubuntu/myfile.txt myfile.txt