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Coreutils in Pure Python

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What is this?

PyCoreutils is a pure Python implementation of various standard UNIX commands, like ‘ls’, ‘cp’ and ‘gzip’. It also contains, a shell-like environment which will make Unix-users feel right at home on the Windows command-prompt.

Now why you wanna go and do that?

  1. Fun!
  2. Have a Linux-like shell environment in Windows.
  3. Create a Python-only Linux distribution.


PyCoreutils requires Python 2.6 or greater. It also works on Python 3.


To install the last stable version, use:

pip install pycoreutils


easy_install pycoreutils

To install the latest development code, try:

pip install bzr+


Releases and documentation can be found at The source code can be found at

Haven’t I seen this before?

David Cantrell also has a project with the same name at His project is a little different in that it uses C-bindings, is GPL-licensed and is structured differently.


Copyright (c) 2009, 2010, 2011 Hans van Leeuwen. See LICENSE.txt for details.


This is alpha software, Not all the flags in the help-section are implemented, and some behave different than one might expect.

List of available commands

  • arch
  • base64
  • basename
  • bunzip2
  • bzip2
  • cal
  • cat
  • cd
  • chroot
  • chown
  • chroot
  • cp
  • crond
  • dirname
  • env
  • expand
  • gunzip
  • gzip
  • httpd
  • id
  • kill
  • ln
  • logger
  • ls
  • md5sum
  • mkdir
  • mktemp
  • mv
  • nl
  • pwd
  • rm
  • rmdir
  • sendmail
  • seq
  • sh
  • sha1sum
  • sha224sum
  • sha256sum
  • sha384sum
  • sha512sum
  • shred
  • shuf
  • sleep
  • smtpd
  • sort
  • tar
  • tee
  • touch
  • uname
  • wc
  • wget
  • whoami
  • yes
  • zip

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