A long, long time ago when I was mastering Linux I created three cheat sheets about GNU fileutils, GNU shellutils and GNU textutils. I'd keep them in front of me at all times, and I quickly memorized which commands did what.

A few days ago I remembered about them and decided to publish them on my blog but it turns out fileutils, shellutils and textutils were merged in GNU coreutils in 2003; so I thought why not create a new cheat sheet that lists all the utilities in coreutils along with their short descriptions.

Here is the GNU coreutils cheat sheet that lists all programs that are in coreutils:

Download PDF | Download PNG | Download XLSX

This cheat sheet is really useful if you're learning Linux and want to have a quick overview of all the available commands!

Bonus: Here are some of the commands that I used to create the cheat sheet:

$ curl 'http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/manual/coreutils.html' 2>/dev/null |
    grep 'h3 class' |
    grep 'class="command"' |
    sed 's/.*class="command">//' |
    sed 's|</span></samp>||' |
    sed 's|</h3>||' |
    grep ':' |

This one extracts the command descriptions from the coreutils manual.


$ wget 'http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/coreutils/coreutils-8.13.tar.gz'
$ gunzip < coreutils-8.13.tar.gz | tar -vx
$ cd coreutils-8.13/src
$ find . -name '*.c' | sort | xargs head -1

This one extracts the command descriptions from the program C source files.

Also take a look at other cheat sheets that I've created. They include awk, ed, sed, perl, screen, bash, and many others.


Gaurav Permalink
September 05, 2012, 04:00

nice to get all the commands at one place..

September 09, 2012, 04:18

Exactly that's the main benefit, did I missed download Link ?

September 05, 2012, 09:19

try curl -s instead of 2>/dev/null

September 07, 2012, 22:01

Simple design mod to cut down on the grid prison


Edited in LibreOffice.

ANOwen Permalink
September 10, 2012, 18:29

I don't understand the purpose of all these cheat sheets.
Any Unix user should know how to use basic Unix commands
to get this kind of info ...

$ rpm -ql coreutils | egrep '\.gz' | xargs -L1 zfgrep -A1 'SH NAME' | sort -u

December 16, 2012, 18:03

nice sheet its helpful

July 24, 2013, 17:42

hi there is very nice and good webpage posted keep it up and many thanks .

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