Google CL : Google services from the command line!

In an utterly refreshing change to the bombardment of point-and-click GUI’s Google have released a command line utility suite to interact with various services including Blogger, YouTube, Google Calendar and Contacts. Better yet, it’s written in python making it OS agnostic.

If you’re an Ubuntu user it couldn’t be easier to add, simply;

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install python-gdata
$ wget
$ dpkg -i googlecl_0.9.7-1_all.deb
$ google --help

On it’s first run it will launch a browser or present you with a URL to enable access for the application to your various Google services, but this is a one-time thing.

It’s a little rough around the edges, there could defiantly be some improvement in the available options particularly surrounding the calendar and contacts but other features, like Picassa uploads/downloads work a treat. With some more work and updates this could be perfect for the command-line aficionados such as myself.

The latest version can be downloaded from the projects homepage at

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Jamie Larson