CLIX free download for Mac
06 December 2013

Maintenance routines for your Mac (was CLI).

Overview

CLIX (Command Line Interface for OS X) is a Cocoa application that harnesses the power of Unix. It's perfect for the pros and can be helpful for the noobs too.

The CLIX package includes a starter database file with over 1,100 system commands for investigating your system status, for cleaning out junk files, for getting at esoteric secret settings in your most used applications - and more.

And most importantly, CLIX is infinitely extensible: you can add to it at any time, in any way you please - add new commands, new command categories, new command database files, and so on.

And unlike other systems, CLIX is 100% 'WYSISYG' (what you see is what you get): it's exactly the command lines you would use at a terminal if you were so inclined. So sometime you might remember a command or two and try it on your own.

CLIX comes with commands for viewing all your system logs, for cleaning out browser caches, for pruning and fixing 'plist' preference files, for spelunking in root's back yard, for ridding your system of all kinds of junk, for seeing what your virtual memory is up to, what your Netinfo database manager is up to, and on and on.

CLIX also has its own newsletter and command exchange for in-depth discussion of Unix and the CLIX commands.

Maintain your Mac safely and securely.

What's new in CLIX

Version 2.1:
  • New build for OS X 10.9 Mavericks with increased security.
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30 Reviews of CLIX

5
Jazzyguy
17 May 2010
Version: 2.0.0.10

Most helpful

Don't know what frustrated and Dim individual is putting the minus smilies in for the laudatory comments on this great app. It is free and it works .It is a great teaching tool to use the terminal and it is great! 5 Stars for sure,
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5
Jazzyguy
16 January 2013
Version: 2.0.0.16
This is a remarkable application made by a remarkable developer.It is educational in learning Unix and in fact got me to learn to use the Command Line in MacPorts. Of all the great apps on MU this one is the most useful. You can repair permissions and do many other useful items without delay. I short I give it 5 stars.
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petert89
07 July 2010
Version: 2.0.0.11
Having dealt with Rick for a number of years now on both a business and personal basis I have found him to be an honest, honourable and generous person. ClIX is his gift to the Mac OS community along the lines of 'If you give a man a fish...' has taught me much of what I know of the UNIX command line and saved me many hours - I manage >300 Macs. He does however say what he thinks, often in a non-politically correct manner and as has been pointed out by others, 'not suffer fools...' His products go out of the way to ensure that your security is of primary importance. An extract from a recent XNews focussed on CLIX reads: "Each CLIX command comes with an unseen prefix and an unseen suffix. The prefix zaps the time stamp so you will always detect when sudo is being invoked if that's what you want. A second thread runs asynchronously after every CLIX command to kill the sudo time stamp as well. And the kill operations don't stop at CLIX - they kill timestamps for all TTYs for your own safety." Half of what he writes goes way over my head but it does give me food for thought and makes me a better SysAdmin once I take the time to learn enough to at least understand what he is talking about (technically). If you purchase his ACP product (a must have in my toolkit) it will give you the tools to monitor all traffic and many processes - it has helped me plug several security holes in my network(s) and will certainly provide proof that none of his software 'phones home'. Any one who suggest that Rick is a Black Hat is a best misinformed, and at worst speakin out of the wrong orifice (IMO).
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jessica@jessicawilliams-com
06 July 2010
Version: 2.0.0.11
I haven't met this man, nor do I believe too many of us have. I HAVE heard he's had a rough run in life, and may deserve more compassion than he's gotten from the forums here. I've used CLIX for years and I've seen no adverse effects, and I haven't had him take over my machine with my password. I know from reading his blog that he does not suffer fools gladly or at all... I know he's got a temper and isn't Mr Wonderful (my own experience via email with him... I was on his banned list for reasons I've yet to figure out) but he's provided a very useful command-line wrapper, for free. I appreciate that - the other stuff is none of my business.
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Flash1296
06 July 2010
Version: 2.0.0.11
CLIX 2.0.0.11 is released but won't download - so I switch from Safari5 to Google Chrome and rixster.com and they are demanding a name and password ! for FREEWARE ?
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5
Jazzyguy
17 May 2010
Version: 2.0.0.10
Don't know what frustrated and Dim individual is putting the minus smilies in for the laudatory comments on this great app. It is free and it works .It is a great teaching tool to use the terminal and it is great! 5 Stars for sure,
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jessica@jessicawilliams-com
29 December 2009
Version: 2.0.0.7
Thanks, YoDaddy
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jessica@jessicawilliams-com
28 December 2009
Version: 2.0.0.7
Again, does this work on Snow Leopard? I can't find that info ANYWHERE, including Rixstep's web site.
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Flash1296
28 December 2009
Version: 2.0.0.7
It runs perfectly on my 27" iMac and my M.B.P. I wish that I knew how top add my PASSPHRASE when it insists that I do so. Can someone help me with this. Is this a script that only PAID users can access ? Is that what is happening here ?
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jessica@jessicawilliams-com
21 September 2009
Version: 2.0.0.5
Does this run on Snow Leopard?
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Foulger
20 September 2009
Version: 2.0.0.5
Seems like a very interesting maintainence application. However I was unable to download it via Macupdate, Versiontracker or the developers web-site - just an endless loading. Tried Safari & iCab- Perhaps I'll try again later.
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5
Jazzyguy
09 March 2009
Version: 2.0.0.3
This version runs great! Very indispensible tool!
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Low-Flyer
09 March 2009
Version: 2.0.0.3
A most useful maintenance tool. While I use only some of the available commands, as such it has never failed me.
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Jazzyguy
26 February 2009
Version: 2.0
Can't Get This Version To Launch. Went back to the previous version and it is OK.
(4)
Ronl
02 January 2008
Version: 1.8.1
It seems many other people have had major run-ins with this developer also. Read this page regarding attacks and copyright infringement: http://www.digg.com/apple/What_is_Rixstep_doing_to_Stepwise I certainly would not trust typing in your admin password into an app this developer had created. Make sure you read the above page (URL) before even thinking about using this app. There may be a reason that it's free and that he wants you to use it.
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Ronl
10 November 2007
Version: 1.8.1
Unbelievably rude tech support. Nice app as long as you don't go on their forum asking for help. Incredibly rude and hostile. I very humbly asked for a little help and Rick acted like I had wasted his time simply because I had forgotten to take note of all of the text that had appeared in the Terminal window. Then he [u]immediately[/u] banned me from the forum! (i.e. I could no longer post so that he could continue to rant!... unbelievable!
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3
Castle
03 June 2006
Version: 1.7.2f
Unnecessarily complicated. Barely any less complicated than the command line itself. Seems to occupy some void between command line and "easier" GUI.
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1
steve berry
13 November 2005
Version: 1.7.1a
Truly Awful!! The dark ages of non GUI return
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4.25
Anonymous
12 November 2005
Version: 1.7.1a
This application "does what it says on the tin". Very complete default catalogue of commands, and the ability to store custom commands is very handy even if you comfortable with a shell. A search function would be welcome.
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Anonymous
30 October 2005
Version: 1.7.1
Well, CLIX is OK, though the developer is a lunatic and a compulsive liar and has slandered Barebones, Blacktree, Panic and just about every OS X developer on the block. I know for a fact that one developer I'm acquainted with could not get him to remove false assertions from his website. But as the poor mad sod has been jailed by the Greek government for spamming, maybe people who've used and enjoyed his software might try lending a hand getting him out. http://techdirt.com/articles/20051027/0025209_F.shtml
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5
Anonymous
12 October 2005
Version: 1.7d
Use Cocktail? You have to be joking. That thing is sh*t. I've seen better things stuck to the pavement. It is nothing but Applescript wrappers to a couple of Unix commands. It's an intentional deceit - a con on the public. Moreover, it sends your password in the clear. It's written for the clueless by the clueless. Rixstep could be fairly taken to task for their inexplicable vendetta against Panic's Transmit, for their recent claim that Mailsmith "isn't even Carbon" (you can run it in Classic mode but that is not the only way). Oh, and their claim that OS X can't shred is wrong - open Disk Utility and you'll find an option to do just that. But their crusade against what the call "The Wizards of OS X" is fully justified, and I for one welcome it.
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Anonymous
11 October 2005
Version: 1.7d
Cumbersome & Geeky, if you want something plain & simple try Cocktail.
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Anonymous
13 March 2005
Version: 1.5a
Another comment to the one below for NovaScotian: we have a command slated for the next release which simply reads memory from '/dev'. Namely: sudo hexdump -Cv /dev/mem You might want to try that on your box. You have to stop this manually, but it outputs very fast where we are, with no sluggishness even after considerable output has accumulated. Cheers.
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Anonymous
13 March 2005
Version: 1.5a
Be cautious with commands that have potentially large outputs - the cups access_log for example - because Clix reads these entries one at a time to a scrolling text box. You will look a large file streaming by for as long as 10 minutes and the "Stop" button doesn't work. It is literally orders of magnitude faster to open the Console and look at logs there.
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4.25
Anonymous
12 March 2005
Version: 1.5a
quite nice. could use some packaging improvements, though - move the default.clix file into the app package, and provide a manager ui for adding/removing other packages in a ~/Library/Application Support/ dir. also, font prefs for the output view would be welcome - the default monaco is too big and causes some command output to be wrapped.
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Blackxacto
02 January 2005
Version: 1.5
I suppose if I want to know how the heck to use Clix, I don't need to be using it, huh? Do I enter each command in Terminal or Console after typing SUDO? or sudo/---- ? Can they all run together, or is that not it's purpose? There is no instruction for we non-programmer geeks.
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4.75
Flash1296
04 July 2004
Version: 1.2a
Firstly, I apologize for my earliewr comment. as i had failed to realize that the default file enclosed contains the scripts. I rate this as brilliant - even though there were a few scripts would nopt run for me.
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4.75
Anonymous
06 June 2004
Version: 1.2
I give it 5 for everything but Ease of Use (for which I give it a 4). The categories make it easier to organise the commands the way you want, and you can always make your own commands and command files, but it takes a while to get up to that level. I'd like to see more examples of shell scripts being used. Also, I appreciate the ability to control the execution of Unix processes - especially helpful if you're trying a new command of your own and it goes South. I count over 800 Unix programs on my Mac, so there's a way to go. Keep up the good work, and keep sending us more!
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Anonymous
31 May 2004
Version: 1.2
Uh - what exactly do I need: 1. OnyX 2. Cocktail 3. TinkerTool for? This has got it all - about five times over. There isn't a single function any of the others have that's not here - and then you got about 300 more features too.
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3.75
Flash1296
02 April 2004
Version: 1.1
interface design surely needs work; but with that said, this is a useful appl'
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4.25
Robert Morton
28 January 2004
Version: 1.0
I consider myself pretty handy with the CLI, but come on, does anyone remember all of the little commands? When you find a new command that has some use to you, is there a place to put it an? Are you organized enough to really find it again? CLI is perfect for this. It also would help people see some command lines and help them learn it. You can give commands a nice english command, category and description. An example is... Log Cleaner - Cleanup - clean log files -rm -f /private/tmp/DebugLog.log; find /Library/Logs -name "*.log" -exec rm -f {} \;; find ~/Library/Logs -name "*.log" -exec rm -f {} \; Now two minor issues. One, wild card use scares me for normal users. In this case a person would have to be pretty foolish to story important files ending in .log in the Log folder of the various Library folders, but still. Second issue is that UNIX results can get large (wide). The results window is a bit small in my opinion. The Ease of Use got dinged pretty hard because the default database is inside the package and it was not being used on my system. I had to hunt around for it to realize that I really like this program. There are a couple other little things that I will send as suggestions to the author.
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4.1

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later

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