Recommended tools

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This page lists system administration related tools recommended for use in a shell (terminal/console) environment.

See Recommended applications for other software.

This is intended as a "best of kind" list. Use eix to search for all packages available on Gentoo.



  • app-admin/pydf - Enhanced df (disk free) tool, which uses colors and a semi-graphical representation of disk usage.
  • sys-fs/ncdu - Ncurses-based disk usage tool, with easy navigation through the filesystem tree to see du results.
  • sys-power/acpi - Attempts to replicate the functionality of the 'old' apm command on ACPI systems.
  • sys-power/acpitool - A Linux ACPI client, allowing you to query or set ACPI values. It provides informations on battery status, AC adapter presence, thermal reading, etc.

System resources


File management

  • app-misc/mc - GNU Midnight Commander is a text based file manager.
  • app-misc/nnn - The missing terminal file manager for X.
  • app-misc/vifm - Console file manager with vi(m)-like keybindings. Offers familiar navigation for vim junkies.

Shell environment


  • app-admin/pass - Stores, retrieves, generates, and synchronizes passwords securely using gpg, pwgen, and git.
  • app-admin/whowatch - Interactive who-like program that displays information about users currently logged on in real time.
  • app-misc/dvtm - Dynamic virtual terminal manager.
  • dev-util/vbindiff - Visual diffing tool for binary files.
  • dev-db/mytop - A top clone for mysql
A customized mytop is included in >=dev-db/mariadb-5.3

See also