BusyBox Alternatives

    BusyBox is described as 'single binary that provides several stripped-down Unix tools in a single executable. It runs in a variety of POSIX environments such as Linux, Android, FreeBSD and others. It was specifically created for embedded operating systems with very limited resources' and is an app in the OS & Utilities category. There are seven alternatives to BusyBox for Windows, Linux, Android and Mac. The best alternative is Cygwin, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like BusyBox are MSYS2 (Free, Open Source), GNU Core Utilities (Free, Open Source), gow (Free, Open Source) and Toybox (Linux command line utilities) (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 19, 2021

    1. Cygwin is a Unix-like environment and command-line interface for Microsoft Windows. Cygwin provides native integration of Windows-based applications, data, and other system resources with applications, software tools, and data of the Unix-like environment.
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      Busybox isnt a sort of full distro as Cygwin is.
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

      RemovedUser Cygwin provides all the good ol' Linux tools directly to Windows. It's better than the Ubuntu addition to Windows 10 in that it can work directly with the Windows filesystem.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

    2. MSYS2 is an independent rewrite of MSYS, based on modern Cygwin (POSIX compatibility layer) and MinGW-w64 with the aim of better interoperability with native Windows software.

    3. The GNU Core Utilities or coreutils is a package of GNU software containing many of the basic tools, such as cat, ls, and rm, needed for Unix-like operating systems.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      Gow (Gnu On Windows) is the lightweight alternative to Cygwin. It uses a convenient Windows installer that installs about 130 extremely useful open source UNIX applications compiled as native win32 binaries.


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    4. Toybox combines common Linux command line utilities together into a single BSD-licensed executable that's simple, small, fast, reasonably standards-compliant, and powerful enough to turn Android into a development environment.
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      because it is the same thing but it works very fine on android N 7.1 while busybox dont work on android N 7.1
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago


      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      ptime will run any specified command and parameters, and measure the execution time (run time) in seconds, accurate to 5 millisecond or better. It is an automatic process timer, or program timer used for benchmark purposes.
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    5. RustyBox is a free-range, non-GMO fork of BusyBox written entirely in Rust. It includes all your favorite commands like ls, mount, and top, but without a single line of C code!
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