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Useful Python3 and bash shell scripts for macOS/BSD and *NIX. Useful to me, at any rate. YMMV.

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Replaces the old Scripnix0 project which had grown crufty and was not macOS-friendly.


Scripnix was born during my Linux server admin days when I wanted all of my aliases and scriplets to follow me from machine to machine. Packaging everything together made installing and keeping up-to-date that much easier. Writing it was also a bash scripting learning exercise, although I soon grew to loathe space-containing-filenames and all of the quoting that implied.

As I moved more to MacOS, the BSD version of most commands clashed with the GNU/Linux versions that Scripnix assumed. Still wanting those handy aliases and scriplets on MacOS, I resurrected Scripnix, but with many more of the commands written in Python, and with Homebrew-supplied GNU versions of my favourite utilities. The Python rewrite sidestepped much of the silly bash quoting and syntax, and made testing practical.


Licensed under the GNU General Public License, version 3. Refer to the attached LICENSE file or see for details.

Change Log

The current version is 0.1.12. Scripnix is semver-ish in its versioning scheme.

Scripnix is currently an alpha release, so expect many many breaking changes. Once ready for prime time, the major version number will jump to 2 to reflect that this is actually the second incarnation of Scripnix.


Following installation using one of the methods below, you may also want to run the install-scripnix command as the root user to setup the system-wide configuration. Any other users that also wish to use Scripnix should also run that command.

The install-scripnix command will also suggest changes to your ~/.bashrc or ~/.profile files to persist Scripnix in your environment. It will also suggest changes to the /etc/sudoers file (vi visudo) so that the Scripnix commands can be run via sudo when necessary.

Homebrew (macOS)

On macOS, Homebrew will take care of installing any dependencies, including Python 3.

brew tap yukondude/tap
brew install scripnix


On *NIX, you will first need to install Python 3.3 (or higher) using your preferred method.

pip3 install scripnix

Development Setup

  1. Install Scripnix, as above, so that all of its dependencies are available.

  2. Create a Python 3 virtualenv for Scripnix: mkvirtualenv --python=$(which python3) Scripnix

  3. Clone the Scripnix repo: git clone

  4. Install dependencies: pip install -r requirements.txt -r requirements-dev.txt -r requirements-test.txt

  5. Install the project in development mode: ./ develop

  6. Run the unit tests to make sure everything is copacetic: ./ test

  7. Pour a snifter of Martell XO and light up a Bolivar Belicoso.

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