A curated list of replacements for existing software written in Rust


Awesome Alternatives in Rust

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A curated list of replacements for existing software written in Rust.

If you want to contribute, please read CONTRIBUTING.md.

I renamed the repository to "Awesome Alternatives in Rust". The original name was "Awesome Rewrite It In Rust". For more details, please refer to this issue.

Table of contents




  • youki - An experimental container runtime written in Rust

System tools

autojump / z

  • zoxide - A smarter cd command for your terminal.


  • frawk - an efficient awk-like language


  • nushell - An attractive structured shell


  • eva - a calculator REPL, similar to bc(1)


  • bat - A cat(1) clone with wings.


  • loc - Count lines of code quickly.
  • tokei - Count your code, quickly.


  • oreboot - oreboot is a fork of coreboot, with C removed, written in Rust.


  • xcp - An extended cp


  • choose - A human-friendly and fast alternative to cut and (sometimes) awk


  • delta - A viewer for git and diff output


  • dog - A command-line DNS client.


  • dua - View disk space usage and delete unwanted data, fast.
  • dust - A more intuitive version of du in rust


  • fd - A simple, fast and user-friendly alternative to 'find'


  • skim - Fuzzy Finder in rust!

GNU coreutils

  • coreutils - Cross-platform Rust rewrite of the GNU coreutils


  • hexyl - A command-line hex viewer


  • xh - Friendly and fast tool for sending HTTP requests


  • exa - A replacement for 'ls'
  • lsd - An ls with a lot of pretty colors and awesome icons
  • nat - ls alternative with useful info and a splash of color 🎨


  • fnm - 🚀 Fast and simple Node.js version manager, built in Rust
  • volta - Volta: JS Toolchains as Code.


  • procs - A modern replacement for ps written in Rust


  • frum - A little bit fast and modern Ruby version manager written in Rust


  • rip - A safe and ergonomic alternative to rm


  • sad - CLI search and replace | Space Age seD
  • sd - Intuitive find & replace CLI (sed alternative)


  • stringsext - Find multi-byte-encoded strings in binary data


  • please - sudo like program with regex support written in rust


  • hyperfine - A command-line benchmarking tool


  • navi - An interactive cheatsheet tool for the command-line
  • tealdeer - A very fast implementation of tldr in Rust.


  • bottom - Yet another cross-platform graphical process/system monitor.
  • ytop (no longer maintained) - A TUI system monitor written in Rust


  • huniq - Filter out duplicates on the command line.


  • paru - Feature packed AUR helper



  • Zellij - A terminal workspace with batteries included


  • starship - ☄️ 🌌 The minimal, blazing-fast, and infinitely customizable prompt for any shell!

Text editors


  • Amp - A complete text editor for your terminal.

Text processing


  • ripgrep - ripgrep recursively searches directories for a regex pattern while respecting your gitignore



  • fastmod - A fast partial replacement for the codemod tool


  • jql - A JSON Query Language CLI tool built with Rust 🦀


  • gitui - Blazing fast terminal-ui for git written in Rust 🦀



  • Lemmy - 🐀 Building a federated alternative to reddit in rust


  • libreddit - Private front-end for Reddit written in Rust

Development tools

Command runners

  • just - A command runner and partial replacement for make



  • deno_lint - Blazing fast linter for JavaScript and TypeScript written in Rust
  • RSLint - A (WIP) Extremely fast JavaScript and TypeScript linter and Rust crate


  • [For all contributors] Do you think I should change the repository name?

    [For all contributors] Do you think I should change the repository name?

    Some people in reddit suggest renaming to the repository name. Do you think I should change the repository name? If so, please give me your idea for this repository's name.

    I'm wondering whether I should do it.


    Just a heads up that I got a lot random whining from folks about calling ripgrep a "replacement" for grep so long as it wasn't POSIX compatible or otherwise bug-for-bug compatible with grep. In response to that, I added a FAQ item: https://github.com/BurntSushi/ripgrep/blob/master/FAQ.md#posix4ever

    And I'm not really a fan of calling this "Awesome Rewrite it in Rust." I didn't set out to "rewrite grep in Rust." Not only was it not my intent, but ripgrep is quite literally not a rewrite of grep in Rust in any sense of the word.


    May I suggest a rename to "Alternatives in Rust (AIR)"?


    I think having a list like this is awesome, just change the name might be good.


    "Awesome Alternatives" might be better?


    My bikeshed for the rename is "Awesome Rust Rewrites"


    help wanted question 
    opened by TaKO8Ki 5
  • Sort-of rewrites?

    Sort-of rewrites?

    I wrote a utility called just that is a replacement for using make as a command runner. However, it’s not a build system, so it’s not a full replacement for make. I wanted to open a PR adding it, but wasn’t sure it would be a good fit.

    What’s the policy for sort-of replacements for existing utilities?

    opened by casey 2
  • delta as a replacement for diff-highlight and diff-so-fancy

    delta as a replacement for diff-highlight and diff-so-fancy

    I haven't checked how complete they are, but delta is a Rust-based diff viewer that lists "diff-highlight and diff-so-fancy emulation modes" as one of its features and sad says "Any git compatible colourizer would work. I perfer these two:" before listing delta and diff-so-fancy.

    opened by ssokolow 1
  • fastmod: kind of similar to `sad`

    fastmod: kind of similar to `sad`


    fastmod is a fast partial replacement for codemod. Like codemod, it is a tool to assist you with large-scale codebase refactors, and it supports most of codemod's options. fastmod's major philosophical difference from codemod is that it is focused on improving the use case "I want to use interactive mode to make sure my regex is correct, and then I want to apply the regex everywhere". For this use case, it offers much better performance than codemod. Accordingly, fastmod does not support codemod's --start, --end, or --count options, nor does it support anything like codemod's Python API.

    opened by ghuls 1
  • Add `Broot`

    Add `Broot`

    Thank you for making awesome-alternatives-in-rust better!

    Here's a checklist for things that will be checked during review or continuous integration.

    • [x] cargo run passes locally.


    • Add Brot
    opened by azzamsa 0
  • Add ion shell

    Add ion shell

    changelog: Added ion as an alternative shell. While it is developed for RedoxOS, and used in it as the default, ion is easily installed on *nix platforms with cargo install, or even from the repos.

    opened by omr-machine 0
  • Modify Rust code to improve idiomaticity

    Modify Rust code to improve idiomaticity

    I've made a few minor tweaks to the Rust code of this repo to follow more Rust idioms which may improve readability as well. Thanks for this great project! :grin:


    • Change single-character string slices to chars
    • query.find("...").is_none()query.contains("...")
    • Use unwrap_or_default() instead of unwrap_or(DEFAULT_VALUE)
    • Specify variable type in declaration of collected iterators
    • url_checks.len() > 0!url_checks.is_empty()
    • Empty unneeded "" from println macro
    opened by spikecodes 0
  • Pants 2 replacement for Pants 1

    Pants 2 replacement for Pants 1

    Hi! I'm a maintainer on the Pants open source project, a build system that was originally written in Python (Pants 1) then was rewritten from the ground up (Pants 2) using Rust for the core engine. Additional info about how Pants 2 takes advantage of Rust https://blog.pantsbuild.org/fast-incremental-builds-speculation-cancellation/. Though the two projects share name and maintainers, Pants 2 is a wholly new codebase with different design goals. Meanwhile Pants 1 continues to be used and supported in its original incarnation.

    Would it be appropriate to open a PR adding Pants to the list? And if so, would creating a new heading, Development Tools > Build Systems be 👍? Pants is more powerful than a command runner, which is the closest fit among the existing headings.

    opened by cczona 0
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