Klish stands for Kommand Line Interface Shell and it’s an open source, portable and free command-line software, a framework for implementing a CISCO-like CLI on UNIX-like operating systems, including all GNU/Linux platform. It is a fork of the clish application.
Features at a glance
The software is highly configurable through XML files, and provides a long list of attractive features, including namespaces or logically nested views, support for optional arguments, support for subcommands, and support for switching subcommands.
Among other features, we can mention CISCO-like config support, a configuration daemon, support for nested parameters, support for namespaces with prefix, as well as the initial view redefinition function.
Supported operating systems
This is a cross-platform software supported on several UNIX-like operating systems, including Linux, BSD (FreeBSD and OpenBSD), Solaris and QNX. It should also work well with other UNIX OSes and has been successfully tested with both 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x86_64) instruction set architectures.
Getting started with Klish
Installing Klish on your GNU/Linux distribution is an easy task. We strongly recommend users who don’t want to compile the latest sources of the project to first search for Klish in the main software repositories of their Linux distributions.
If you don’t find Klish in your distro’s software repos, download the latest version from Softpedia, save the bz2 archive on a location of your choice, unpack it and open a terminal emulator, where you will have to use the ‘cd’ command to navigate to the location of the extracted archive files and run the ‘./configure && make’ command to configure and compile the project.
To install it system wide, execute the ‘make install’ command in the terminal emulator as root (system administrator) or with sudo. To use it, run the ‘clish’ command or ‘clish --help’ to view its command-line options.