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Emanuele Bartolesi
Emanuele Bartolesi

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DevToys: A Swiss Army knife for developers

Maybe you just know PowerToys. It's a set of utilities for power users to tune and streamline their Windows experience for greater productivity.
DevToys is more or less the same thing, but for developers.


Before I discovered DevToys, I was using a lot of online tools on different sites.
Of course every time I needed to remember the url of the tool, or open Notion to find my notes about the tools and I wasted a lot of times.
At the moment there a lot of tools available inside DevToys:

  • Converters
    • JSON <> YAML
    • Timestamp
    • Number Base
  • Encoders / Decoders
    • HTML
    • URL
    • Base64 Text & Image
    • GZip
    • JWT Decoder
  • Formatters
    • JSON
    • SQL
    • XML
  • Generators
    • Hash (MD5, SHA1, SHA256, SHA512)
    • UUID 1 and 4
    • Lorem Ipsum
    • Checksum
  • Text
    • Escape / Unescape
    • Inspector & Case Converter
    • Regex Tester
    • Text Comparer
    • Markdown Preview
  • Graphic
    • Color Blindness Simulator
    • PNG / JPEG Compressor
    • Image Converter

If you have a new idea, translate the tools in your language or other stuff, DevToys is opensource and it's open to receive Pull Requests.
You can find the repository here

How to install DevToys

There are several ways to install DevToys on your machine.
The easiest is download it from the Microsoft Store.

Microsoft Store
In this case DevToys will update itself automatically directly from the store.

Another way is to use WinGet. You need a Microsoft Store account as well, but in this case you can manage the updates with WinGet commands.
To install it from WinGet:

winget install DevToys

Or if you want, you can install it from Source Code, directly.

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Run DevToys from PowerShell

One of the feature that I love is that you can launch DevToys directly from PowerShell.
I have always a Windows Terminal open during the day and it's more quick for me to launch DevToys from there.
The command is very easy to write:

start devtoys

If you want to launch a specific tool, you can just add the name of the tool as parameter:

start devtoys:?tool=jsonyaml

You can find the name of the tools directly on the GitHub page of the project.

DevToys PowerShell

Top comments (8)

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David Da Silva

Awww you got me excited about this tool before I realise it's a windows only app :(

Reminds me of which is a Mac OS only and a paid app.
I think I saw somewhere a website with such features but of course, I lost the bookmark...

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David Da Silva

Ho wait! The creator of DevToys also made WebToys ! \o/

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Emanuele Bartolesi

Wooooowwww! I didn’t know that 😀

ginkcode profile image

I'm not a fan of Windows and often work with multiple devices at the same time.
That's why I've built another web version at DevToys24

It doesn't cover all the features like Windows app but definitely works well.
You may give it a try 😄

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Miljan Puzović
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Kristiqn Tachev

When i saw windows i decided just to scroll down and write this comment :D

I am curious when you will start guys to understand that windows is not for development :D

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Andres 🐍 in 🇨🇦

My multitool are:

curl, jq, bash and commands

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Ro De la Rivera

Got excited and the realized Mac is out. Considering how many devs use Mac and Linux, how technically possible is to release for others SO? Looks like a good project to contribute