DTerm — A Terminal at Your Fingertips for Mac OS X

Some­times it would be great if one could just enter a com­mand in the ter­mi­nal which is relat­ed to the direc­to­ry of the file you are work­ing on: send it to a serv­er via scp, build a tar.gz archive, com­pile it or open anoth­er file. These are all oper­a­tions which have also a graph­i­cal “nice” way of exe­cut­ing it, but leav­ing your hands on the key­board can be so much faster.

The tool, which pro­vides a sys­tem-wide access to the ter­mi­nal is DTerm. It has been around for some time, as it has been released in 2008, but it was men­tioned recent­ly in the very nice mobileMac pod­cast (ger­man) I like a lot. The appli­ca­tion is free.

So what is it all about? With DTerm you define a hotkey (stan­dard is Com­mand-Shift-Return), which will over­lay a win­dow with a text field which accepts ter­mi­nal com­mands. They will be exe­cut­ed in the same direc­to­ry as your front­most appli­ca­tion. DTerm is use­ful if you for exam­ple would like to open anoth­er doc­u­ment in the same fold­er: just press DTer­m’s hotkey, enter open then the begin­ning of the file and press the tab­u­la­tor key to show a com­ple­tion list of all the files in the direc­to­ry. Choose the file and press enter and it is opened with its asso­ci­at­ed appli­ca­tion. Anoth­er use­ful short­cut is open . which opens the cur­rent direc­to­ry in the Find­er. If you are famil­iar with a ter­mi­nal on a *NIX based sys­tem now is the time to use all of your ter­mi­nal hacks every­where in your work­flow with­out touch­ing the Ter­mi­nal application.



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Chemist, Programmer, Mac and iPhone enthusiast. Likes coding in Python, Objective-C and other languages.

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