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DASH Shell Alternatives

DASH Shell is described as 'DASH is a POSIX-compliant implementation of /bin/sh that aims to be as small as possible. It does this without sacrificing speed where possible. In fact, it is significantly faster than bash (the GNU Bourne-Again SHell) for most tasks. DASH stands for Debian Almquist Shell' and is a Shell in the os & utilities category. There are more than 10 alternatives to DASH Shell for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Mac, BSD, Windows and Cygwin. The best alternative is GNU Bourne Again SHell, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like DASH Shell are fish, Zsh, Nu Shell and the xonsh shell.

DASH Shell alternatives are mainly Shells but may also be Terminal Emulators. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of DASH Shell.
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Linux
  • BSD

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  1. GNU Bourne Again SHell icon

    GNU Bourne Again SHell

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Bash is the shell, or command language interpreter, that will appear in the GNU operating system. Bash is an sh-compatible shell that incorporates useful features from the Korn shell (ksh) and C shell (csh). It is intended to conform to the IEEE POSIX P1003.2/ISO 9945.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceGNU Bourne Again SHell either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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    Bash using the ls command
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    fish

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Fish is a user friendly command line shell for UNIX-like operating systems such as Linux.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfacefish either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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  3. Zsh icon

    Zsh

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Zsh is a UNIX command interpreter (shell) which of the standard shells most resembles the Korn shell (ksh); its compatibility with the 1988 Korn shell has been gradually increasing.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableZsh is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsZsh can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceZsh either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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    zsh suggestions in action
  4. Nu Shell icon

    Nu Shell

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    This project has reached a minimum-viable product level of quality. While contributors dogfood it as their daily driver, it may be unstable for some commands. Future releases will work fill out missing features and improve stability.

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  5. the xonsh shell icon

    the xonsh shell

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Xonsh is a Python-powered, cross-platform, Unix-gazing shell language and command prompt. The language is a superset of Python 3.4+ with additional shell primitives that you are used to from Bash and IPython. It works on all major systems including Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows.

    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingthe xonsh shell supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    ⚫︎ Portablethe xonsh shell can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Command line interfacethe xonsh shell either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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    Xiki

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux

    Xiki makes the command line friendlier and more powerful. Xiki Shell (xsh) lets you use Xiki from command line, in a way that augments your current favorite shell (bash or zsh).

    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceXiki either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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    win-bash

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    win-bash is a Windows port of the famous GNU bash (see GNU Bash homepage).

    ⚫︎ Command line interfacewin-bash either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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    Discontinued

    The project is no longer developed since 2016. Last version, 1.1, released in March 2011, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.

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  8. KornShell icon

    KornShell

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Cygwin

    The KornShell language was designed and developed by David G. Korn at AT&T Bell Laboratories. It is an interactive command language that provides access to the UNIX system and to many other systems, on the many different computers and workstations on which it is implemented.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceKornShell either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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    Ergonomica

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Ergonomica is a cross-platform shell language, implemented in Python. Ergonomica aims to modernize the terminal, in an easily-extensible and usable language, independent of the OS on which it runs.

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    rc - a shell

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    This is a reimplementation for Unix, by Byron Rakitzis, of the Plan 9 shell. rc offers much the same capabilities as a traditional Bourne shell, but with a much cleaner syntax.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfacerc - a shell either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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