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I'm planning to make a game that will allow players to interact with consoles/shells/command lines/whatever you wanna call them. So FlxShell is like a simulated Linux-like mini-OS where the sole interface is a shell and where the two scripting languages are an interpreted version of Haxe and a very basic implementation of the Linux shell language.


Try the 'help' command to get started.

The shell features |, >, >>, and < operators, but not all commands support it yet. Commands return objects, not strings, so redirection has huge potential. Also the shell allows you to use strings (ex: 'this is a string'). They can be used with <, >, and | operators, but not yet as command arguments.

Powered by:

  • HaxeFlixel
  • HxCLAP
  • hscript

Available commands (Not all commands support redirection operators yet, even if they are marked as done):

Commands marked with "|" support the | operator as input. Commands marked with "<" support the < operator as input. All commands can output to a file with the ">" operator.

  • backup -> done
  • cat -> done |<
  • cd -> done |<
  • clip -> done |<
  • cp -> done
  • echo -> done |<
  • edit (minimalistic text editor) -> done |<
  • find
  • grep
  • help -> done
  • ls -> done |<
  • mkdir -> done
  • mv -> done
  • netstat -> done
  • pwd -> done
  • rename -> done
  • rm -> done
  • rmdir -> done
  • script (hscript interpreter) -> done |<
  • send -> done |<
  • shell (shell language interpreter) -> done |<
  • touch -> done

Keyboard shortcuts for shell:

  • Command history: up arrow/down arrow
  • Enter command: enter
  • Auto-complete file names: tab
  • Move cursor one word: ctrl + left arrow / ctrl + right arrow
  • First/last command in command history: page up / page down
  • Skip to beginning/end of line: home/end
  • Copy on-screen text: ctrl + 1
  • Save drive: F1
  • Toggle shell: escape

Keyboard shortcuts for text editor:

  • Save: ctrl + s
  • Quit: ctrl + d
  • Move cursor one word: ctrl + left arrow / ctrl + right arrow
  • Move cursor to end or beginning of file: ctrl + down arrow / ctrl + up arrow
  • Move cursor to end or beginning of line: ctrl + end / ctrl + home
  • Auto-scroll down / up: page down / page up
  • Toggle editor: escape
  • This is a regular AS3 input TextField so most editing tricks on your OS should work, the ones I listed are just the ones I found, there's most likely more.


  • F1, F2, F3, F4, F5 to switch between shells


  • Export your drive as a JSON file with "backup -s"
  • Load a JSON file into your drive with "backup -l"

Now this is where it gets complicated. In debug mode, FlxShell will initially load the "assets/data/FlxOS.txt" file. In release mode, it loads your last saved drive. To save your drive, hit F1 while in the shell or call "save". This save/load mechanism is not the same as the above JSON export/load mechanism. It's not the best idea to leave saving entirely up to the user, so in your implementation call FlxShell when appropriate.


  • Finish find and grep commands
  • Rethink the concept of returning objects instead of strings
  • Add file viewer

Shell examples:

  • cd bin
  • cd ..
  • ls
  • help -b
  • help -bin
  • edit /bin/ls
  • edit bin/ls
  • edit -h
  • bin/ls < edit
  • pwd
  • pwd > test
  • pwd >> test
  • pwd | echo
  • pwd | echo | echo | echo | echo | echo | echo
  • 'I think you get the idea' | echo
  • 'Oh watch this' >> testfile
  • 'ls;cd home;pwd' | shell
  • 'touch file1 file2 -d home;rename home/file1 home/file2 -n _f1 _f2' | shell
  • 'return ["This is some hscript", "", ""]' | script

Script examples:

Take a look at the scripts in the bin folder:

  • cd bin -> navigate to the bin directory which contains all the commands
  • ls -> list all available commands
  • bin/command name < edit -> open the command source code in the editor (notice how I use bin/command name, otherwise the shell would execute the command instead of opening the file)


An abstracted Linux environment for HaxeFlixel - a file system in tandem with a shell.






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