This is a new series highlighting best-of-breed utilities. We’ll be covering a wide range of utilities including tools that boost your productivity, help you manage your workflow, and lots more besides.
I recently spotlighted Abricotine, an open source, cross-platform Markdown editor built for the desktop with inline preview functionality. Continuing the Markdown theme, this article focuses on mdless, a CLI that provides a formatted and highlighted view of Markdown files in a terminal.
If you want to view Markdown files quickly and without cruft, mdless is designed with you in mind.
The software is written in the Ruby programming language. Want to learn more about Ruby? Here’s 15 free Ruby books recommended by our contributor Erik Karlsson.
If you’ve ever used Ruby software, you’ll know that gem offers an easy way of installing Ruby packages. At a shell, type:
$ gem install mdless
This installs mdless to /home/$USERNAME/.gem/ruby/2.6.0/bin. You’ll need to ensure this directory is in your user $PATH.
Assuming you’re running bash, open the file ~/.bashrc in your preferred text editor and add the following line to the end of that file:
You’ll need to replace sde with your username. Then you’ll either need to log out of the shell, or type:
You’ll also need to install imgcat, a utility like cat but for images.
Complete list of articles in this series:
|tmux||A terminal multiplexer that offers a massive boost to your workflow|
|lnav||Advanced log file viewer for the small-scale; great for troubleshooting|
|Paperwork||Designed to simplify the management of your paperwork|
|Abricotine||Markdown editor with inline preview functionality|
|mdless||Formatted and highlighted view of Markdown files|
|fkill||Kill processes quick and easy|
|Tusk||An unofficial Evernote client with bags of potential|
|Ulauncher||Sublime application launcher|
|McFly||Navigate through your bash shell history|
|LanguageTool||Style and grammar checker for 30+ languages|
|peco||Simple interactive filtering tool that's remarkably useful|
|Liquid Prompt||Adaptive prompt for Bash & Zsh|
|Ananicy||Shell daemon created to manage processes’ IO and CPU priorities|
|cheat.sh||Community driven unified cheat sheet|
|ripgrep||Recursively search directories for a regex pattern|
|exa||A turbo-charged alternative to the venerable ls command|
|OCRmyPDF||Add OCR text layer to scanned PDFs|
|Watson||Track the time spent on projects|
|fontpreview||Quickly search and preview fonts|
|fd||Wonderful alternative to the venerable find|