RSS Feed

Please wait while my feed loads

See more posts...


Subscribe to either one of our two newsletters for regular updates and information

Downloads newsletter

This is a weekly newsletter with download news, updates and other information

This is a monthly newsletter with software store information, offers and deals

BusyBox for Windows 1.23.2

117 tiny Unix utilities in one executable

by Mike Williams

Our Rating:
Your Rating:
Login to rate
Based on 0 ratings
License: Open Source
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 08 June 2015
Watchlist: Add download to my watchlist
Downloads To Date: 1765
Developer: Ron Yorston
RSS News Feed:
Back in stock! Buy Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium v2 with a 1-PC LIFETIME license, only $27.95, from
BusyBox for Windows
117 tiny Unix utilities in one executable

BusyBox for Windows is a portable toolkit which brings tiny versions of 117 Unix utilities into a single command line executable.

You don't need any Unix/ Linux knowledge to get at least something from the program, as some BusyBox commands are very simple. Cal displays a text calendar (month or year); df and du summarise hard drive use; hd displays the first 10 lines of a text file; sleep pauses your script for a defined time; unzip extracts files from archives, and so on.

If you're comfortable at the Windows command line then you'll appreciate BusyBox's more advanced tools. Diff compares text files and displays their differences; ftpput and ftpget store and retrieve files via ftp; grep is a powerful search tool with regular expression support; hexdump displays files in various custom formats; and there are smarter ways to copy files, compare them, and generally take better control of your system.

Linux experts should keep in mind that BusyBox has been optimised for size, and its tools generally don't have as many options as the originals. The program is more about convenience and portability than supporting every single optional switch.

For all that, there's plenty of power here, and BusyBox supports the following functions:

[, [[, ar, ash, awk, base64, basename, bash, bbconfig, bunzip2, bzcat, bzip2, cal, cat, catv, chmod, cksum, clear, cmp, comm, cp, cpio, cut, date, dc, dd, df, diff, dirname, dos2unix, du, echo, ed, egrep, env, expand, expr, false, fgrep, find, fold, ftpget, ftpput, getopt, grep, gunzip, gzip, hd, head, hexdump, kill, killall, ls, lzcat, lzma, lzop,  lzopcat, man, md5sum, mkdir, mktemp, mv, od, patch, pgrep, pidof, printenv, printf, ps, pwd, rev, rm, rmdir, sed, seq, sh, sha1sum, sha256sum, sha3sum, sha512sum, shuf, sleep, sort, split, stat, strings, sum, tac, tail, tar, tee, test, touch, tr, true, uname, uncompress, unexpand, uniq, unix2dos, unlzma, unlzop, unxz, unzip, usleep, uudecode, uuencode, vi, wc, wget, which, whoami, xargs, xz, xzcat, yes and zcat.

Enter BusyBox at the command line to see this list, or add a function name - BusyBox grep - for help on what you can do.


There are more full-featured Windows versions of Unix tools around, but BusyBox provides a good basic selection in an extremely lightweight 645KB which runs on anything from XP up.

Your Comments & Opinion
Related Download Articles
Gnu on Windows 0.8.0

Gnu on Windows 0.8.0


Extend the Windows command line with a raft of powerful Linux tools

OpenBSD 4.6

OpenBSD 4.6

Open Source

 A free, secure Unix-like operating system that runs on a huge range of hardware.

Other Download Articles From This Category
ChrisPC Win Experience Index

ChrisPC Win Experience Index 4.10

Free, for personal-use only

Access the Windows Experience Index in Win 10


QuickMove 2.0.5


Quickly get your PC organised with this handy file management tool


DiskPulse Free 8.0.26


Monitor file and folder changes on your hard drive in real time


ConEmu 151115

Open Source

Work more effectively at the Windows command line with this powerful console emulator

From Softwarecrew

Please wait while my feed loads

See more posts...

Our Price: $39.95
RRP: $89.95
Saving 56%
Buy Now
Offer Ends In:

Spotlight: Free Full Software

WhatsApp Messenger 2.12.11

Free Full Commercial Software

WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

Version 2.12.11 brings:

• Links that you share or receive will now include a rich preview. When sending a link, you have the option to not include a rich preview.
• Additional 3D Touch features: You can now quickly Peek and Pop chats.
• Redesigned Settings tab. 
• You can now view all your starred messages across all your chats in Settings — Starred Messages.