A Collection Of Useful BASH Scripts For Heavy Commandline Users

A Collection Of Useful BASH Scripts

Today, I have stumbled upon a collection of useful BASH scripts for heavy commandline users. These scripts, known as Bash-Snippets, might be quite helpful for those who live in Terminal all day. Want to check the weather of a place where you live? This script will do that for you. Wondering what is the Stock prices? You can run the script that displays the current details of a stock. Feel bored? You can watch some youtube videos. All from commandline. You don’t need to install any heavy memory consumable GUI applications.

Bash-Snippets provides the following 12 useful tools:

  1. currency – Currency converter.
  2. stocks – Provides certain Stock details.
  3. weather – Displays weather details of your place.
  4. crypt – Encrypt and decrypt files.
  5. movies – Search and display a movie details.
  6. taste – Recommendation engine that provides three similar items like the supplied item (The items can be books, music, artists, movies, and games etc).
  7. short – URL Shortner
  8. geo – Provides the details of wan, lan, router, dns, mac, and ip.
  9. cheat – Provides cheat-sheets for various Linux commands.
  10. ytview – Watch YouTube from Terminal.
  11. cloudup – A tool to backup your GitHub repositories to bitbucket.
  12. qrify – Turns the given string into a qr code.

The author might add more utilities and/or features in future, so I recommend you to keep an eye on the project’s website or GitHub page for future updates.

Bash-Snippets – A Collection Of Useful BASH Scripts For Heavy Commandline Users


You can install these scripts on any OS that supports BASH.

First, clone the GIT repository using command:

git clone https://github.com/alexanderepstein/Bash-Snippets

Sample output would be:

Cloning into 'Bash-Snippets'...
remote: Counting objects: 1103, done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (45/45), done.
remote: Total 1103 (delta 40), reused 55 (delta 23), pack-reused 1029
Receiving objects: 100% (1103/1103), 1.92 MiB | 564.00 KiB/s, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (722/722), done.

Go to the cloned directory:

cd Bash-Snippets/

Git checkout to the latest stable release:

git checkout v1.11.0

Finally, install the Bash-Snippets using command:

sudo ./install.sh

This will ask you which scripts to install. Just type Y and press ENTER key to install the respective script. If you don’t want to install a particular script, type N and hit ENTER.

Do you wish to install currency [Y/n]: y

To install all scripts, run:

sudo ./install.sh all

Sample output would be:

Installing currency: Success
Installing stocks: Success
Installing weather: Success
Installing crypt: Success
Installing movies: Success
Installing taste: Success
Installing short: Success
Installing geo: Success
Installing cheat: Success
Installing ytview: Success
Installing cloudup: Success
Installing qrify: Success
Bash Snippets version 1.11.0

To install a specific script, say currency, run:

sudo ./install.sh currency


An active Internet connection is required to use these tools. The usage is fairly simple. Let us see how to use all scripts. I assume you have installed all scripts.

1. Currency – Currency Converter

This script converts the currency based on realtime exchange rates. Enter the base currency code and the currency to exchange to, and the amount being exchanged one by one as shown below.

$ currency
What is the base currency: INR
What currency to exchange to: USD
What is the amount being exchanged: 10

| INR to USD
| Rate: 0.015495
| INR: 10
| USD: .154950

You can also pass all arguments in a single command as shown below.

currency INR USD 10

Refer the following screenshot.


2. Stocks – Display stock price details

If you want to check a stock price details, mention the stock item as shown below.

$ stocks Intel

INTC stock info
| Exchange Name: NASDAQ
| Latest Price: 34.2500
| Close (Previous Trading Day): 34.2500
| Price Change: 0.0000
| Price Change Percentage: 0.00%
| Last Updated: Jul 12, 4:00PM EDT

The above output the Intel stock details.

3. Weather – Display Weather details

Let us check the Weather details by running the following command:


Sample output:

Display weather details

As you see in the above screenshot, it provides the 3 day weather forecast. Without any arguments, it will display the weather details based on your IP address. You can also bring the weather details of a particular city or country like below.

weather Chennai

Also, you can view the moon phase by entering the following command:

weather moon

Sample output would be:

moon phase

4. Crypt – Encrypt and Decrypt files

This script is a wrapper for openssl that allows you to encrypt and decrypt files quickly and easily.

To encrypt a file, use the following command:

crypt -e [original file] [encrypted file]

For example, the following command will encrypt a file called ostechnix.txt, and save it as encrypt_ostechnix.txt in the current working directory.

crypt -e ostechnix.txt encrypt_ostechnix.txt

Enter the password for the file twice.

Encrypting ostechnix.txt...
enter aes-256-cbc encryption password:
Verifying - enter aes-256-cbc encryption password:
Successfully encrypted

The above command will encrypt the given file using AES 256 level encryption. The password will not be saved in plain text. You can encrypt .pdf, .txt, .docx, .doc, .png, .jpeg type files.

To decrypt the file, use the following command:

crypt -d [encrypted file] [output file]


crypt -d encrypt_ostechnix.txt ostechnix.txt

Enter the password to decrypt.

Decrypting encrypt_ostechnix.txt...
enter aes-256-cbc decryption password:
Successfully decrypted

5. Movies – Find Movie details

Using this script, you can find a movie details.

The following command displays the details of a movie called “mother”.

$ movies mother

| Title: Mother
| Year: 2009
| Tomato: 95%
| Rated: R
| Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
| Director: Bong Joon Ho
| Actors: Hye-ja Kim, Bin Won, Goo Jin, Je-mun Yun
| Plot: A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder.

6. Display similar items like the supplied item

To use this script, you need to get the API key here. No worries, it is completely FREE! Once the you got the API,  add the following line to your ~/.bash_profileexport TASTE_API_KEY=”yourAPIKeyGoesHere”

Now, you can view the similar item like the supplied item as shown below:

taste -i Red Hot Chilli Peppers

7. Short – Shorten URLs

This script shortens the given URL.

short <URL>

8. Geo – Display the details of your network

This script helps you to find out the details of your network, such as wan, lan, router, dns, mac, and ip geolocation.

For example, to find out your LAN ip, run:

geo -l

Sample output from my system:

To find your Wan IP:

geo -w

For more details, just type ‘geo’ in the Terminal.

$ geo
Description: Provides quick access for wan, lan, router, dns, mac, and ip geolocation data
Usage: geo [flag]
 -w Returns WAN IP
 -l Returns LAN IP(s)
 -r Returns Router IP
 -d Returns DNS Nameserver
 -m Returns MAC address for interface. Ex. eth0
 -g Returns Current IP Geodata
 geo -g
 geo -wlrdgm eth0
Custom Geo Output =>
[all] [query] [city] [region] [country] [zip] [isp]
Example: geo -a -o city,zip,isp
 -o [options] Returns Specific Geodata
 -a [address] For specific ip in -s
 -v Returns Version
 -h Returns Help Screen
 -u Updates Bash-Snippets

9. Cheat – Display cheatsheets of Linux commands

Want to refer the cheatsheet of Linux command? Well, it is also possible. The following command will display the cheatsheet of curl command:

cheat curl

Just replace curl with the command of your choice to display its cheatsheet. This can be very useful for the quick reference to any command you want to use.

10. ytview – Watch YouTube videos

Using this script, you can search or watch youtube videos right from the Terminal.

Let us watch some Ed Sheeran videos.

ytview Ed Sheeran

Choose the video you want to play from the list. The selected will play in your default media player.

ytview Ed Sheeran

To view recent videos by an artist, you can use:

ytview -c [channel name]

To search for videos, just enter:

ytview -s [videoToSearch]

or just,

ytview [videoToSearch]

11. cloudup – Backup GitHub repositories to bitbucket

Have you hosted any project on GitHub? Great! You can backup the GitHub repositories to bitbucket, a web-based hosting service used for source code and development projects, at any time.

You can either backup all github repositories of the designated user at once with the -a option. Or run it with no flags and backup individual repositories.

To backup GitHub repository, run:


You will be asked to enter your GitHub username, name of the repository to backup, and bitbucket username and password etc.

12. Qrify – Convert Strings into QR code

This script converts any given string of text into a QR code. This is useful for sending links or saving a string of commands to your phone

qrify convert this text into qr code

Sample output would be:


Cool, isn’t it?

Getting help

If you don’t know how to use a particular script, just type that script’s name and press ENTER. You will see the usage details. The following example displays the help section of Qrify script.

$ qrify
Usage: qrify [stringtoturnintoqrcode]
Description: Converts strings or urls into a qr code.
 -u Update Bash-Snippet Tools
 -m Enable multiline support (feature not working yet)
 -h Show the help
 -v Get the tool version
 qrify this is a test string
 qrify -m two\\nlines
 qrify github.com # notice no http:// or https:// this will fail

Updating scripts

You can update the installed tools at any time suing -u option. The following command updates “weather” tool.

weather -u


You can uninstall these tools as shown below.

Git clone the repository:

git clone https://github.com/alexanderepstein/Bash-Snippets

Go to the Bash-Snippets directory:

cd Bash-Snippets

And uninstall the scripts by running the following command:

sudo ./uninstall.sh

Type y and hit ENTER to remove each script.

Do you wish to uninstall currency [Y/n]: y

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And, that’s all for now folks. I must admit that I’m very impressed when testing this scripts. I really liked the idea of combing all useful scripts into a single package. Kudos to the developer. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.



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2 Responses

  1. Nope says:

    Hi, thank you for the useful scripts, I’m currently using the ytview one. Just a little suggestion from me, it would be better if you could show the channel name & duration of the video too when searching for one, so the search result would look like this: [ChannelName] – [VideoTitle] – [VideoDuration]

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