Get Weather Forecast from the Command Line with wttr.in

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

May 20, 2016 GMT
Dmitri Popov

Of all the weather forecast applications and tools I have tried and reviewed over the years, wttr.in is probably the most ingenuous and useful one. There are several reasons for that. First of all, wttr.in requires no installation, nor does it need a dedicated client. You can use the good old cURL tool to fetch the current weather forecast by simply running the curl wttr.in command.

This gives you a quasi-graphical 3-day weather forecast right in the terminal. Needless to say, the sheer convenience of this approach makes wttr.in a great tool for users who spend a significant part of their daily computing in the terminal. Need to check the weather in another city? No problem, just run the curl wttr.in/CITY command, for example: curl wttr.in/Tokyo. wttr.in supports not only city name but also 3-letter airport codes, and you can even use IP addresses and domain names to get the weather forecast for alternate locations. The code that powers wttr.in is available on GitHub, so you can roll out a self-hosted wttr.in instance if you are so inclined.

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