Cmder - Making the most of the Command Line Interface
March 30, 2019
I learned to use a computer way back in 1995 on a Windows 3.1 PC. At that time, Windows was a visual environment on top of MS-DOS — the command-line driven operating system. As a kid, I recited some of the commands to navigate around and start Windows. Later, Windows gave me less and less of a reason to dig into the ugly Command Prompt, as everything could be done with the GUI. CLI was ready to be forgotten as an ancient relic of the past.
Until recently. It’s 2019 and command line is cool again!
But there is a problem — Despite Microsoft’s best efforts, the Windows Command Prompt is very limiting and unpleasant to use!
Cmder is a compilation of utilities build on top of a Console Emulator aptly named ConEmu.
The homepage explains why they created it —
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.
It’s a console, what’s so great about it?
You can open up consoles in new tabs, just like a browser. And as you’d expect, it lets you switch tabs by
Ctrl + Tab and
Ctrl + Shift + Tab.
ConEmu supports a wide variety of terminals — cmd.exe, Powershell, bash, WSL to name a few.
Git Bash included
Cmder comes bundled with Linux
bash environment with Git and Unix utilities such as
These can come really handy.
This is as easy as copy-paste. You can even run it from a USB stick.
Full Theme Customization
Adding new console applications to be opened via new tab
Adding new terminals is possible through Tasks. A task can be chosen to run when you choose to open a new tab.
e.g. I have set up this task
bash:Ubuntu to run the WSL Ubuntu 18.04 that I downloaded from Windows Store.
Added the icon and command to start (which navigates to the
You can set up any terminal that supports emulation like this.
Awesome! How can I get this?
Installing this is very easy.
Just visit https://cmder.net/ and Download the full version. Unzip the contents to a folder on the machine.
Go to the System Properties > Environment Variables…
Go to the extracted location where cmder is present, right click cmder.exe and pin it to Start or Taskbar for easy access.
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