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Linux like terminal on Windows!

Have you ever wanted to make your CMD window fullscreen? You did? And it didn’t work? Too bad. Have you ever wanted to search something in your files using grep, awk, less, sort? Have you ever tried to mass rename your files ? You did? And it didn’t work? Too bad.Be worried no more! First you need Cygwin. Cygwin is a Linux-like environment for Windows. It also provides you a lot of tools which provide linux look and feel. Install cygwin while changing none of the default settings. Now you can do something like this:

Cygwin Terminal 

Notice that this is a simple CMD like window but it now has some nice colors and new shiny tools.Now in order to make it even more cool you need a tool named PuTTYcyg. PuTTYcyg is a patched version of PuTTY that, in addition to telnet, rlogin, ssh, and serial connections, can also be used as a local Cygwin terminal instead of the Windows console. Download the package and unzip it somwhere. I put it in C:\Program Files\puttycyg. Now double click on a file named putty.exe. Now fill everything as in the image bellow and press save.

 cygwin putty configuration 

Now make a shortcut of this putty.exe on your Desktop. And change it’s properties like this:

cygwin putty terminal shortcut  

Click apply and you are ready to go myfriend! Double click on the shortcut and you should be able to do thins like this including full screen resize yay!

putty cygwin terminal 

Now .. Begone CMD!

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2 Comments for Linux like terminal on Windows!

Saint | September 15, 2008 at 9:50 PM

total bsdm ;)


Author comment by admin | September 16, 2008 at 9:29 AM

I would say useful and … fun.

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