Devtool Review

— Each week, console reviews the best tools for developers. Subscribe

Let your site visitors know you’ve been featured.
Get your badge

A better cat (file viewer).

Terminal utilities
Our review

What we like

Replaces cat. Supports syntax highlighting and has a Git integration showing modifications in the gutter. Includes line numbers (by default, can be disabled) and a pager. Detects non-interactive usage and turns off all the fancy features for full cat compatibility. Single, open source Rust binary with packages for most platforms.

What we don't like

Line numbers get in the way of copy/paste, so you need to remember to launch it with the -p plain flag as needed.

Reviewed: 2023-03-30

About Console

Console is the place developers go to find the best tools. Each week, our weekly newsletter picks out the most interesting tools and new releases. We keep track of everything - dev tools, devops, cloud, and APIs - so you don't have to.