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GNU readline Alternatives

GNU readline is described as 'software library that provides line-editing and history capabilities for interactive programs with a command-line interface' and is an app in the os & utilities category. There are three alternatives to GNU readline for Linux, Mac, BSD and Windows. The best alternative is libedit, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like GNU readline are replxx and Linenoise.

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  • Linux

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  1. libedit

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    This is an autotool- and libtoolized port of the NetBSD Editline library (libedit). This Berkeley-style licensed command line editor library provides generic line editing, history, and tokenization functions, similar to those found in GNU Readline.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfacelibedit either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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  2. replxx

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    replxx - A readline and libedit replacement that supports UTF-8, syntax highlighting, hints and Windows and is BSD licensed.

    ⚫︎ Syntax Highlightingreplxx supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
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  3. Linenoise

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux

    "A minimal, zero-config, BSD licensed, readline replacement used in Redis, MongoDB, and Android."

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