Have you ever thought that it would be great if your Commodore 64 had a command line interface similar to MS-DOS? Guess what? It exists. Introducing ChiCLI for the Commodore 64.

ChiCLI – Features List:

  • Engage your Commodore 64 using a terminal or command line interface familiar to modern computers.
  • Get a system informational overview of your Commodore 64 at startup.
  • View and manage files and floppies on any drive: type, run, rename, copy, delete, format, validate, and initialize.
  • Copy all files within a folder or disk to another device using the * wildcard. Use this to extract an entire disk image to a folder or floppy disk on a supported device.
  • Change drive device number of 1541 drives and SD2IEC devices.
  • Advanced file management on supported devices: make directory, remove directory, rename directories, mount disk images, extract files from disk images and copy them to a folder on the same device, view and access partitions, and detect device type.
  • View the date and time on SD2IEC, view file date, and time stamps, and set the time and date on RTC-supported devices. Show the time and if wanted date on a built-in screen saver.
  • Change and save settings on an SD2IEC, such as device number and whether to hide or show file extensions.
  • View memory, peek and poke memory, repeatedly peek at the memory, and save memory ranges as a file. Can be used to dump your Commodore 64 kernal ROM to a file.
  • Execute “sys” or other dos commands easily.
  • The Turbo Macro Pro shortcut and be used with the built-in “run” command and it’s “-t” option to load and execute Turbo Macro Pro quickly and easily. For example just type: “run tmp -t”.
  • Show key codes for keys and combinations of key presses on the keyboard.
  • Do basic maths and convert numbers to other formats like decimal, hex, and binary numbers.
  • Use a simple stopwatch using the command line or hotkey F5.
  • Create custom shortcuts using aliases and hotkeys.
  • Change color profiles or set your own custom color scheme.
  • A proper help system, so you can look up help for any command.

You can download a disk image with this program and it’s supporting Commodore readable text files under the release section of their GitHub page.