Cmder is a terminal emulator, and best shell you’ll ever have on Windows. Or at least what’s the editor of this free software says about their product. In fact, a few weeks back Microsoft has announced that they are working on new command shell with multi tabs and multi-color features, but the product is only in early alfa stage and there is no executable to install just yet.
The pre-release is available on Github, but so far there are some constraints to just quickly install it and test in the lab. You’ll have to fulfill some requirements, such as the installation of Visual Studio or that you must have the 1903 SDK (build 10.0.18362.0) on Windows 10 build – 1903.
That’s why today I’ll talk about another free product called Cmder.
Cmder is Better Windows Shell and Terminal Emulator. It is a portable application so you can just extract it and paste it to your Dropbox folder and create a shortcut to your desktop. You can also paste it on a USB stick so your settings, aliases and history can go anywhere you go.
Cmder is a software package created out of pure frustration over the absence of nice console emulators on Windows. It is based on amazing software, and spiced up with the Monokai color scheme and a custom prompt layout, looking sexy from the start.
How to Install?
- (optional) Place your own executable files into the
binfolder to be injected into your PATH.
- Run Cmder (Cmder.exe)
Cmder can run a variety of different shell profiles (e.g.
I’ll copy paste some shortcuts from the product’s site here:
Ctrl + `: Global Summon from taskbar
Win + Alt + p: Preferences (Or right click on title bar)
Ctrl + t: New tab dialog (maybe you want to open cmd as admin?)
Ctrl + w: Close tab
Shift + Alt + number: Fast new tab:
Alt + Enter: Fullscreen
Ctrl + Alt + u: Traverse up in directory structure (lovely feature!)
End, Home, Ctrl: Traverse text as usual on Windows
Ctrl + r: History search
Shift + mouse: Select and copy text from the buffer
Right click / Ctrl + Shift + v: Paste text
Where the Cmder is coming from?
Cmder builds on the powerful ConEmu terminal emulator by excellent work of @Maximus5 to provide the best terminal experience on Windows, it uses the amazing Clink to provide a bash-like prompt using GNU’s readline, and adds a bit of batch sugar (mostly developed by our outstanding developers, e.g. @daxgames) to add things like alias support, and also comes with Git on the full edition.
Cmder was originally created by Samuel Vasko.
Just another terminal emulator and command line window? Not so sure. It’s a nice addition which, after getting hands on it during a few hours, might be one of the permanent free software tools which every admin uses on a daily basis. Who knows?
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