See below for a cat/bat comparison (showing a bit of the #mastodon's code). And if you don't like those colors, don't worry—bat lets you select a different color scheme or customize your own (along with pretty much any other config option you might want).
@clirust does it also do what cat is designed for (con**cat**enating files)?
> does [bat] also do what cat is designed for (con**cat**enating files)?
It does! It will automatically detect when it's being used non-interactively such as in a pipe and output plain text (that is, without syntax highlighting and all that)—perfect for concatenating files.
In fact, you can force that behavior with `bat --plain` (or `bat -p`), which turns `bat` into a drop-in replacement for `cat`
@clirust Been using it for quite some time, super recommended!
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