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You need to have a Ruby interpreter and the 'make' tool installed.

Simply run:

# as root
make install

# to uninstall
make uninstall

The reasoning behind this tool is that it provides a way to get the bare minimum of information you need. All the CLI weather tools I've used, while nice, have not been very 'script-friendly'. This tool gives you only the bare minimum of what you ask for. Each item is separated by a new line. I've intentionally left out some items present in the OpenWeatherMap reponse simply because most of the time I never look at them.

Note: You will need to sign up for a free OpenWeatherMap API key in order to use this tool


simple-weather -t -l seattle -k myapikeyhere           # get the temperature in seattle"
simple-weather -c -l seattle -k myapikeyhere           # get the 'condition' i.e. sunny, cloudy, etc."
simple-weather -w -l seattle -k myapikeyhere           # get the windspeed"
simple-weather -tcw -u m -l seattle -k myapikeyhere    # get all three, and use metric units"
simple-weather -h                                      # show this help message"
simple-weather -v                                      # show version"

# note the order of arguments does not matter


  • No zip code support
  • English only
  • Metric and Imperial units only (no Kelvin)

License / Disclaimer

This project is licensed under the 3-clause BSD license. (See I take no responsibility for you blowing stuff up. Artwork courtesy of AcidBeast (CC 3.0 BY)