Last Modified:November 20, 2019

Linux for Windows. That means to run linux type of commands under windows. Sometimes you don't need a full blow version of linux to run in your windows environment. Sometimes you just need some of the utilities which come with linux. Coreutils can be your solution.

What is Coreutils

Coreutils is a collection of many common linux utilities, each one as there own executable. It is comparible to busybox with exception that busybox has only one executable..


Coreutils is very popular on linux systems because of the gnu open license. It is available in either a 32bit version and can be downloaded from here.


Many of the tools you would expect to find on a full version of linux can be found in coreutils.


Here is a list of commands in coreutils

[, basename, cat, chgrp, chmod, chown, chroot, cksum, comm, cp, csplit, cut, date, dd, df, dir, dircolors, dirname, du, echo, env, expand, expr, factor, false, fmt, fold, gdate, gecho, ginstall, gln, gmkdir, grmdir, groups gsort, head, hostid, hostname, id, install, join, kill, link, ln, logname, ls, md5sum, mkdir, mkfifo, mknod, mv, nice, nl, nohup, now.txt od, paste, pathchk, pinky, pr, printenv, printf, ptx, pwd, readlink, rm, rmdir, seq, setuidgid, sha1sum, shred, sleep, sort, split, stat, stty, su, sum, sync, tac, tail, tee, test, touch, tr, true, tsort, tty, uname, unexpand, uniq, unlink, uptime, users, vdir, wc, who, whoami, yes


Although coreutils is still in use today on linux systems, the windows version of the files is somewhat ignored. The date of these files are from 2005.