Portable console emulator for Windows

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.

With help of the best

Think about cmder more as a software package than a separate app. All the magic is happening through Conemu. With enhancements from Clink.

Personally, I hate the absence of padding

Total portability

Carry it with you on USB stick or in Cloud. So your settings, aliases and history can go anywhere you go. You will not see that ugly Windows prompt ever again.

Git and others

Oooh yes! If you decide to use the slightly bigger msysgit version, you will have all Unix commands ready in PATH so that you can git init or cat instantly on every machine.

Download

Github Repo (for issues/requests/sauce)
3 MB zipped  :  7 MB
(with msysgit) 115 MB zipped  :  250 MB Shockingly small 23 MB 7z

Installation

  1. Unzip (can take a while)
  2. (optional) Place your executables in /bin folder
  3. Run Cmder (Cmder.exe)

Keyboard shortcuts

Tab manipulation

  • Ctrl + ` : Global Summon from taskbar
  • Win + Alt + p : Preferences (Or right click on title bar)
  • Ctrl + t : New tab dialog (maybe you want to open cmd as admin?)
  • Ctrl + w : Close tab
  • Shift + Alt + number : Fast new tab:
    1. 1. CMD
    2. 2. PowerShell
  • Alt + Enter : Fullscreen

Shell

  • Shift + Up : Traverse up in directory structure (lovely feature!)
  • End, Home, Ctrl : Traverse text as usual on Windows
  • Ctrl + r : History search
  • Shift + mouse : Select and copy text from buffer
  • Right click / Ctrl + Shift + v : Paste text

Notes / Docs

Aliases

There is simple support for aliases. They can be created by using the alias command like this: alias ls=ls --color $*. They are pretty much just doskeys in /config/aliases. One per line. And make sure to handle arguments by putting argument variables $* somewhere.

Updating + Building

There is not much going on here. But if you want to get most recent updates for Conemu just tick auto-updating in preferences. If you want to clone the repo and build it yourself, you will need Ruby, wget and 7z. When you are set on that, just run build_cmder.rb.

PowerShell

I have to admit here that I am not a PS guy. So do not expect any improvement or tips in that department. But if you are a PS geek, you really should start submitting some amazing tweaks.

Other documentations

If you have trouble with anything I am happy to help. But you will have much better chances to find solutions on the pages of the upstream projects. Those are: