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The Modern Unix Rosetta Stone

Comparing command line tasks on current operating systems:

  • Windows
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (and CentOS) 7
  • Debian
  • Ubuntu
  • Arch Linux
  • OS X
  • OpenBSD
  • FreeBSD
  • SmartOS

Inspired by the original, but sadly no longer maintained, Unix Rosetta Stone.

Where can I see it online?

The Command Line Rosetta Stone


Simply edit and send a pull request. Please note:

  • Add references to official documentation, preferably from the distributor, since this will match the version distributed with the OS. If you can't find this, use a reference from the upstream Open Source project.

  • If there are two ways doing something, add the one the distributor uses in their own documentation

Eg, it's possible to use 'sudo' on OpenBSD. But OpenBSD team prefer 'doas', so that's what we use.


You don't need to build to contribute, but if you want to build the HTML and see what your changes look like yourself:

  1. Install node.js

  2. Install gulp

    sudo npm install -g gulp

  3. Clone the repo:

    git clone

  4. Edit

  5. Run gulp, and visit http://localhost:7777


You can read more about the history of the Rosetta Stone and the rationale for recreating it at CertSimple.