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sc is a terminal-based spreadsheet and calculator with vim-like key bindings. The program is fairly advanced and capable spreadsheet application. However, it lacks features such as sorting that some users users — notably those who conflate spreadsheets with databases —have come to expect. However, sc can be used non-interactively as a simple calulator tool somewhat like bc.

While development of sc stalled with the last stable release being in 2002, the program continues to see use. So much so that a modern fork sc-im has continued the development of the project where the original authors left off.


USE flags

USE flags for app-office/sc Spreadsheet Calculator


root #emerge --ask app-office/sc

Additional software



  • $HOME/.scrc - Per-user initialization commands.
  • ./.scrc - per-workbook initialization commands.


root #emerge --ask --depclean --verbose app-office/sc

See also

  • bc — arbitrary-precision fixed-point mathematical scripting language