List Of 10 Funny Linux Commands

Working from the Terminal is really fun. Today, we’ll list really funny Linux commands which will bring smile on your face.

 1. rev

Create a file, type some words in this file, rev command will dump all words written by you in reverse.

# rev  <file name>



 2. fortune

This command is not install by default, install with apt-get and fortune will display some random sentence.

[email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get install fortune


Use -s option with fortune, it will limit the out to one sentence.

# fortune -s


3. yes

#yes <string>

This command will keep displaying the string for infinite time until the process is killed by the user.

# yes unixmen


4. figlet

This command can be installed with apt-get, comes with some ascii fonts which are located in /usr/share/figlet.

cd /usr/share/figlet
#figlet -f <font>  <string>


#figlet -f big.flf unixmen


#figlet -f block.flf  unixmen

You can try another options also.

5. asciiquarium

This command will transform your terminal in to a Sea Aquarium.

Download term animator
# wget

Install and Configure above package.

# tar -zxvf Term-Animation-2.4.tar.gz
# cd Term-Animation-2.4/
# perl Makefile.PL && make && make test
# sudo make install

Install following package:

# apt-get install libcurses-perl

Download and install asciiquarium

# wget
# tar -zxvf asciiquarium.tar.gz 
# cd asciiquarium_1.0/
# cp asciiquarium /usr/local/bin/


# /usr/local/bin/asciiquarium

 asciiquarium_1.1 : perl_008

6. bb

# apt-get install bb
# bb

See what comes out:


 7. sl

Sometimes you type sl instead of ls by mistake,actually  sl is a command and a locomotive engine will start moving if you type sl.

# apt-get install sl
# sl


 8. cowsay

Very common command, is will display in ascii form whatever you wants to say.

apt-get install cowsay
# cowsay <string>


Or, you can use another character instead of com, such characters are stored in /usr/share/cowsay/cows

# cd /usr/share/cowsay/cows
cowsay -f ghostbusters.cow  unixmen

Selection_014 or

# cowsay -f bud-frogs.cow Rajneesh

 9. toilet

Yes, this is a command, it dumps ascii strings in colored form to the terminal.

# apt-get install toilet
# toilet --gay unixmen
 toilet -F border -F gay unixmen


toilet  -f mono12 -F metal  unixmen


 10. aafire

Put you terminal on fire with aafire.

# apt-get install libaa-bin
# aafire


That it, Have fun with Linux Terminal!!

  • Manu Prasad

    nice post really funny

  • Ahhahahah they made my day.