A Collection Of Useful BASH Scripts For Heavy Commandline Users
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 price? 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.
As of writing this, Bash-Snippets provides the following 19 useful tools:
- Cheat – Linux Commands cheat sheet.
- Cloudup – A tool to backup your GitHub repositories to bitbucket.
- Crypt – Encrypt and decrypt files.
- Cryptocurrency – Converts Cryptocurrency based on realtime exchange rates of the top 10 cryptos.
- Currency – Currency converter.
- Geo – Provides the details of wan, lan, router, dns, mac, and ip.
- Lyrics – Grab lyrics for a given song quickly from the command line.
- Meme – Command line meme creator.
- Movies – Search and display a movie details.
- Newton – Performs numerical calculations all the way up to symbolic math parsing.
- Qrify – Turns the given string into a qr code.
- Short – URL Shortner
- Siteciphers – Check which ciphers are enabled / disabled for a given https site.
- Stocks – Provides certain Stock details.
- Taste – Recommendation engine that provides three similar items like the supplied item (The items can be books, music, artists, movies, and games etc).
- Todo – Command line todo manager.
- Transfer – Quickly transfer files from the command line.
- Weather – Displays weather details of your place.
- Youtube-Viewer – Watch YouTube from Terminal.
The developer may 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
Go to the cloned directory:
$ cd Bash-Snippets/
Git checkout to the latest stable release:
$ git checkout v1.22.0
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
To install a specific script, say currency, run:
$ sudo ./install.sh currency
You can also install it using Linuxbrew package manager.
To installs all tools, run:
$ brew install bash-snippets
To install specific tools:
$ brew install bash-snippets --without-all-tools --with-newton --with-weather
Also, there is a PPA for Debian-based systems such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint.
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:navanchauhan/bash-snippets $ sudo apt update $ sudo apt install bash-snippets
An active Internet connection is required to use these tools. The usage is fairly simple. Let us see how to use some of these 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:
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:
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_profile: export 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 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 Examples: geo -g geo -wlrdgm eth0 Custom Geo Output => [all] [query] [city] [region] [country] [zip] [isp] Example: geo -a 126.96.36.199 -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. Youtube-Viewer – 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.
To view recent videos by an artist, you can use:
$ ytview -c [channel name]
To search for videos, just enter:
$ ytview -s [videoToSearch]
$ 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?
It displays the top ten cryptocurrencies realtime exchange rates.
Type the following command and hit ENTER to run it:
This script grabs the lyrics for a given song quickly from the command line.
Say for example, I am going to fetch the lyrics of “who is it” song, a popular song sung by Michael Jackson.
$ lyrics -a michael jackson -s who is it
This script allows you to create simple memes from command line. It is quite faster than GUI-based meme generators.
To create a meme, just type:
$ meme -f mymeme Enter the name for the meme's background (Ex. buzz, doge, blb ): buzz Enter the text for the first line: THIS IS A Enter the text for the second line: MEME
This will create jpg file in your current working directory.
Tired of solving complex Maths problems? Here you go. The Newton script will perform numerical calculations all the way up to symbolic math parsing.
This script helps you to check which ciphers are enabled / disabled for a given https site.
$ siteciphers google.com
It allows you to create everyday tasks directly from the Terminal.
Let us create some tasks.
$ todo -a The first task 01). The first task Tue Jun 26 14:51:30 IST 2018
To add another task, simply re-run the above command with the task name.
$ todo -a The second task 01). The first task Tue Jun 26 14:51:30 IST 2018 02). The second task Tue Jun 26 14:52:29 IST 2018
To view the list of tasks, run:
$ todo -g 01). The first task Tue Jun 26 14:51:30 IST 2018 02). A The second task Tue Jun 26 14:51:46 IST 2018
Once you completed a task, remove it from the list as shown below.
$ todo -r 2 Sucessfully removed task number 2 01). The first task Tue Jun 26 14:51:30 IST 2018
To clear all tasks, run:
$ todo -c Tasks cleared.
The transfer script allows you to quickly and easily transfer files and directories over Internet.
Let us upload a file.
$ transfer test.txt Uploading test.txt ################################################################################################################################################ 100.0% Success! Transfer Download Command: transfer -d desiredOutputDirectory ivmfj test.txt Transfer File URL: https://transfer.sh/ivmfj/test.txt
The file will be uploaded to transfer.sh site. Transfer.sh allows you to upload files up to 10 GB in one go. All shared files automatically expire after 14 days. As you can see, anyone can download the file either by visiting the second URL via a web browser or using the transfer command (it is installed in his/her system, of course).
Now remove the file from your system.
$ rm -fr test.txt
Now, you can download the file from transfer.sh site at any time (within 14 days) like below.
$ transfer -d Downloads ivmfj test.txt
For more details about this utility, refer our following guide.
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 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 Examples: qrify this is a test string qrify -m two\\nlines qrify github.com # notice no http:// or https:// this will fail
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.
If you have installed these tools using PPA, simply run the following command to remove them.
$ sudo apt remove bash-snippets
$ sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:navanchauhan/bash-snippets
If you have used GIT method, follow the steps given 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
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.