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List biggest files
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Search in files
Replace word in files
List dir differences
Send files in LAN

Free Open Source:

Swiss File Knife

a command line
multi function tool.

remove tabs
list dir sizes
find text
filter lines
find in path
collect text
instant ftp or
http server
file transfer
send text
patch text
patch binary
run own cmd
convert crlf
dup file find
md5 lists
fromto clip
split files
list latest
compare dirs
save typing
trace http
echo colors
head & tail
find classes
dep. listing
speed shell
zip search
zip dir list

Depeche View
Source Research
First Steps

windows GUI

the d3caster
java game engine

command line
file encryption

free external tools,
zero install effort,
usb stick compliant:

zip and unzip
diff and merge
reformat xml
reformat source

java sources

thread creation

cpp sources

log tracing
mem tracing
using printf


stat. c array
stat. java array
var. c array
var. java array
view all text
as you type
surf over text
find by click
quick copy
multi view
find nearby
find by path
location jump
skip accents
clip match
filter lines
edit text
load filter
hotkey list
receive text
send in C++
send in Java
smooth scroll
touch scroll
fly wxWidgets
fly over Qt
search Java

How to check instantly for new SFK features or bug fixes

on the command line, without the need to open a web browser, with the sfk update command for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
- download the free Swiss File Knife Base from Sourceforge.
- open the Windows CMD command line, Mac OS X Terminal or Linux shell.
- OS X : type mv sfk-mac-64.exe sfk and chmod +x sfk then ./sfk
- Linux: type mv sfk-linux-64.exe sfk    and chmod +x sfk then ./sfk
  OS X and Linux syntax may differ, check the help within the tool.
SFK The Book - Relaxed Syntax Meditation.
sfk update [-get]

check for SFK updates.

   -get  download update
----- example output: -----
Latest version available: 1.8.1
added support for sfk variables, allowing to store data from a command and
- ADD: sfk variables. type "sfk help var" for infos. allows to store data 
- ADD: sfk perline, run sfk commands per text input line. similar to sfk r
- CHG: Syntax Change: sfk call, if: no longer clears chain text after comm
- CHG: Syntax Change: sfk echo ... +call +xex no longer passes text of ech
- CHG: Syntax Change: sfk gettext output changed with text produced by sto
- add: sfk samp http, create an example script for web access automation.
- add: sfk xed, xex, xreplace, simple expressions: [setvar name]...[endvar
- add: sfk xed, simple expressions: keyword [ortext] to search literals OR
- add: sfk xed, simple expressions: keyword [keep] to search text that sho
- add: sfk echo -lines to print every string as one line.
- add: sfk xed: option -firsthit to use only first matching result.
- add: sfk filter: option -line=n to read nth line from input.
- add: sfk web: option -showreq, similar to -status.
- add: sfk find: option -head=n to read only n lines.
- add: sfk batch, alias of sfk samp sfkbat. may also create .sh files unde
- add: sfk xf, alias for xmlform.
- fix: command chaining: unexpected drop of data when chaining to echo, fr
- add: command chaining: +tcall to consume text data and +tend to return t
- fix: sfk script -from begin: if script contained a label begin2 this was
- chg: sfk xex, xed: improved help examples, separate examples for xex and
- chg: sfk samp sfkbat, sfkbash now use %0 or $0 instead of the script fil
- chg: Simple Expressions: now support zero length tokens like in "/[start
- chg: sfk samp: path now allowed in output file with some language types.
- add: sfk xex, xed: option -justrc to just set return code without printi
- add: sfk ... +tovoid to drop current chain text.
- add: sfk stop: optional text to print, info on rc 9 to stop a script fro
- add: sfk call: improved help text.
- FIX: sfk script, call: missing parameters produced errors or even crashe
- fix: sfk ... +run was blocked with http:// url's.
- fix: sfk web -status=... +xex didn't work.
- fix: sfk echo: quoted multi line parms output contained unwanted CR char
- fix: sfk web: always produced rc 9.
- fix: run -stoprc: did not work in a script.
- fix: script: +if ... stop -all didn't work, as "if" misinterpreted optio
- fix: script: +stop no longer requires +then stop.
- fix: gettext: missing linefeeds on terminal output after multiple storet
- fix: sfk version -own +filter didn't work.
- fix: expression part info didn't show # chars.
- chg: sfk samp sfkbat, sfkbash new templates.
- add: sfk knxsend: support for alternative IP group, send of search reque
- add: sfk knxdump: option -verbose to print search response verbosely.
- doc: extended echo help.
- doc: reworked help for sfk script.
- doc: help text for sfk then.
Additional infos:
- Depeche View now also supports http:// text loading.
A newer version of SFK is available.
Add option -get to download from:

sfk is a free open-source tool, running instantly without installation efforts. no DLL's,
no registry changes - just get sfk.exe from the zip package and use it (binaries for
windows, linux and mac are included).

read more about all sfk functions here.

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