Linux has powerful command line tools, we can do almost everything there e.g. file editing, installing or removing application, managing files and directories, downloading stuff from the Internet and even playing your favorite songs. Windows users should be jealous with the Linux command line tools, but don't worry, Windows users can still run various Linux commands with ease by using GOW. GOW stands for GNU On Windows is a tool likes Cygwin but the lightweight one. It brings 130 powerful Linux commands on Windows operating system.


GOW lets you run shell script, edit text files with Vim, search your text with grep, download from FTP with sftp, manage your files and directories with mv, cp. du, rmdir, whereis and more Linux commands from Windows CMD window.


Here is the complete list of commands:

  • agrep 3.37
  • ansi2knr
  • basename 1.9.4
  • bash 2.03
  • bc 1.05
  • bison 1.28
  • bunzip2 1.0.1
  • bzip2 1.0.1
  • bzip2recover 1.0
  • cat 2.0
  • chgrp 3.16
  • chmod 3.16
  • chown 3.16
  • cksum 2.0
  • cmp 2.7
  • comm 2.0
  • compress 2.0
  • cp 3.16
  • csplit 2.0
  • curl 7.15.0
  • cut 2.0
  • cvs 2.0.41a
  • dc 1.2
  • dd 3.16
  • df 3.16
  • diff 2.7
  • diff3 2.7
  • dircolors 3.16
  • dirname 1.13
  • dos2unix
  • du 3.16
  • egrep 2.4.2
  • env 1.9.4
  • expand 5.1.2600.0
  • expr 1.9.4
  • factor 1.13
  • fgrep 2.4.2
  • flex 2.5.4
  • fmt 2.0
  • fold 2.0
  • fsplit
  • gawk 3.1.0
  • gclip 1.0
  • gow
  • gplay
  • grep 2.4.2
  • gsar 1.12
  • gunzip 1.2.4
  • gzip 1.2.4
  • head 2.0
  • id 1.9.4
  • indent 2.2.6
  • install 3.16
  • join 2.0
  • jwhois 2.4.1
  • less 340
  • lesskey 340
  • ln 3.16
  • logname 1.9.4
  • ls 3.16
  • m4 1.4
  • make 3.78.1
  • md5sum 2.0
  • mkdir
  • mkfifo
  • mknod 3.16

  • mv 3.16
  • mvdir 3.16
  • ncftp 3.1.8
  • nl 2.0
  • od 2.0
  • pageant 0.60
  • paste 2.5
  • patch 2.0
  • pathchk 1.9.4
  • pclip 1.0
  • plink 0.60
  • pr 2.0
  • printenv 1.9.4
  • printf 1.9.4
  • pscp 0.60
  • psftp 0.60
  • putty 0.60
  • puttygen 0.57
  • pwd
  • recode 3.6
  • rm 3.16
  • rman 3.0.7
  • rmdir
  • rsync 2.6.3
  • scp
  • sdiff 2.7
  • sed 3.02
  • seq 1.13
  • sftp
  • sh
  • shar 4.1
  • sleep 1.9.4
  • sort 2.0
  • split 2.0
  • stego
  • su 1.9.4
  • sum 2.0
  • sync 3.16
  • tac 2.0
  • tail 2.0
  • tar 1.12
  • tee 1.9.4
  • test 1.9.4
  • touch 3.16
  • tr 2.0
  • type
  • uname 1.9.4
  • unexpand 2.0
  • uniq 2.0
  • unix2dos
  • unrar 3.4.3
  • unshar 4.1
  • unzip 2.3
  • uudecode 4.1
  • vim 6.3
  • wc 2.0
  • wget 1.8.1
  • whereis
  • which 2.4
  • whoami 1.9.4
  • xargs 4.1
  • yes 1.9.4
  • zcat 1.2.4
  • zip 3.0

GOW supports most modern version of Windows including Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 both 32bit and 64bit.

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