title: Installing CLI Tools Developers Should not Live Without on Linux and Mac
This article is a short description on how to install key command line utilities that developers use everyday on Macintosh and Linux environments. The main CLI tools that will be shown are: Homebrew (Mac), Node and NPM, Bower, Gulp, Grunt and Tmux.
Installing Homebrew (Macintosh Systems)
Homebrew is ‘The missing package manager for OS X’. It is a great tool for downloading and installing packages straight from your command line. This is not needed on Linux distributions because they already have package managers installed by default such as
pacman. To install Homebrew, simply paste the following command in your terminal:
/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
In case you run into “Xcode Command Line Tools Missing” use the following to install it:
NPM, or Node Package Manager, is another useful package manager for downloading mostly web tools. Downloading
NPM will also install the Node.js framework.
brew install nodeand
NPMshould have been installed.
curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_6.x | sudo -E bash -, then
sudo apt-get install nodejs
pacman -S nodejs npm
sudo yum install nodejs npm
sudo dnf install nodejs
sudo zypper install nodejs6
Bower is a popular package manager that allows you to install front-end libraries. You can install it on Linux and Macintosh systems using
npm with the following command:
npm install -g bower(Same command for both Linux and OS X)
Gulp is a framework and CLI tool that makes development faster and more enjoyable by automating tasks developers find themselves doing over, and over again. Also, you can install
npm install -g gulp-cli
And in individual project folders:
npm install --save-dev gulp
Grunt is another popular automation tool similar to
Gulp. To install it, use
npm install -g grunt-cli
Tmux is a terminal multiplexer for Linux and Mac. It gives you the ability to have multiple sessions and windows in the same Bash window, and also lets you “detach” sessions that you can connect to through SSH, leaving all programs that were currently running, running.
To install on Linux:
sudo apt install tmux
And that’s that! With these tools your development process and content will be enjoyable and efficient. As you can see, the main tool to install is
npm and it allows you to install many other great web oriented CLI tools.