Discover alternatives to popular software

AlternativeTo is a useful and oddly addictive website which lists alternatives to software and mobile apps. You can search the site instantly with the !alt bang.

Syntax: !alt name_of_software (platform and license modifiers can be added but are optional)

Example with target platform: !alt evernote linux

Example with license: !alt skype opensource

Example with platform, license: !alt itunes linux opensource


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Keep it reel with !keepvid

Download YouTube, Vimeo and Vine videos almost instantly with the !keepvid command. It’s free too!

Syntax: !keepvid url of video

Example: !keepvid https://youtu.be/mUflS7rXYrQ

Protip: You may need a userscript manager like Tampermonkey (for Chrome) or Greasemonkey (Firefox) to capture certain media files.


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Update on 8/31/2018: It seems !keepvid doesn’t work anymore. If you know of a replacement, please contact me.

 

Convert units easily with DDG + Wolfram|Alpha

Next time you need to convert units, try the Wolfram|Alpha !wa convert combo. Works for currencies, distances, volumes, temperatures and God knows what else. It’ll make you a believer!

Syntax: !wa convert X units to Y units

Example Fahrenheit to Celsius: !wa convert 86 f to c (degrees symbol for °C and °F not required)

Example of currency conversion: !wa convert 25.99 usd to eur (be sure to use the 3 letter currency codes)


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Wheatbin is Open Source project management software that combines Kanban methodology with the Law of the Harvest. Visit Wheatbin.com.

 

For people who want first place

Hate noodling about on the Internet? Try this: put an exclamation mark (!) before or after your search query. You’ll go straight to the first website in the search results.

Syntax: topic keywords !

Example: gtd !


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Recipe for a delicious “productivity salad”

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method that breaks down work into 25 minute intervals called pomodoros (pomodoro is Italian for tomato). After 25 minutes of focused work, take a five minute break and repeat.

To start a pomodoro, just add eggs: !eggtimer to be eggxact!

Syntax: eggtimer! time

Example: !eggtimer 25min

Protip: Exclamation marks can go on the front or back of the command. This applies to all bangs.


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