My good friend Alireza recently sent me a link to an alternative command prompt application for Windows called Cmder. When I first clicked the link, my initial thought was “this looks nice, but is it really worth installing a whole application just for a nicer looking command prompt window?”. I quickly dismissed it and carried on with my coding.

A couple of weeks later I receive an email from the MongoDB University. It was a notification that the course I had enrolled in a few weeks back (MongoDB for Python Developers), was available for me to start.

Being the type of person who likes to get things done early, I click the link and begin the course. After a few video lectures in, I have already installed the enterprise NoSQL database server on my local machine. Before I know it, I am busy bashing commands into a Microsoft Windows 8.1 Command Prompt dialog, adding and searching for JSON objects containing information about peoples names and their favorite fruits. After about an hour of squinting at the screen trying to establish if I had typed a regular or curly bracket, I remember the link my friend had previously sent me:

Screenshot of a regular and  curly bracket in Command Prompt highlighting how similar they look

After installing Cmder and running it for the first time, I quickly saw the value in having a “nicer looking command prompt window” which I had previously overlooked. I am immediately in awe of the crystal clear clarity between any type of bracket you could possibly find on an English (United Kingdom) keyboard.

Unbelievably, it doesn’t just look great, it comes equipped with some great built in features too, such as:

  • Build in SSH Client
  • Ability to SCP files
  • Git version control system
  • Other useful tools commonly found on Linux machines such as: wget, curl, ls

I am now hooked on this awesome tool, and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a replacement of the oppressive, unattractive Windows Command Prompt window.

Windows Command Prompt alongside commander

Thanks for reading, and I have you have as much fund with Cmder as I have.