If you’ve used the tree command you’ll encounter the problem that it produces page after page of output. Of course you can pipe its output to more or less.
But there’s a better way of viewing and navigating large directories.
Here’s an image of broot in action. Instructions on how to navigate are set out in the bottom bar.
What does broot offer?
- Provides a concise overview of a large directory.
- Find a directory by typing a few letters and hit
enterto navigate to the desired location. This provides a very efficient and fast way to navigate to a directory.
- Selects the most relevant file and helps you keep track of file hierarchy when searching.
- Run common file operations like ls, cp, mv, mkdir without losing the view of the file hierarchy.
- Open additional panels and perform file operations between elements in each panel. The software can display two panels which are useful for previewing files and copying/moving files between two locations, but you can add more panels if your terminal is wide enough.
- Preview files such as images without losing track of the file hierarchy. Search with fuzzy patterns or regular expressions inside a text preview panel.
- Apply a standard or personal command to a file. And apply commands to several files.
- Clipboard functionality.
- Disk usage functionality using the
- Check git statuses. Use :gf to display the statuses of files (what are the new ones, the modified ones, etc.), the current branch name and the change statistics.
- Tons of other flags and options as shown in the image below. Flags and options can be classically passed on launch but also written in the program’s configuration file.
Complete list of articles in this series:
|Abricotine||Markdown editor with inline preview functionality|
|Ananicy||Shell daemon created to manage processes’ IO and CPU priorities|
|broot||Next gen tree explorer and customizable launcher|
|cheat.sh||Community driven unified cheat sheet|
|croc||Securely transfer files and folders from the command-line|
|Deskreen||Live streaming your desktop to a web browser|
|duf||Disk usage utility with more polished presentation than the classic df|
|exa||A turbo-charged alternative to the venerable ls command|
|fd||Wonderful alternative to the venerable find|
|fkill||Kill processes quick and easy|
|fontpreview||Quickly search and preview fonts|
|LanguageTool||Style and grammar checker for 30+ languages|
|Liquid Prompt||Adaptive prompt for Bash & Zsh|
|lnav||Advanced log file viewer for the small-scale; great for troubleshooting|
|lsd||Like exa, lsd is a turbo-charged alternative to ls|
|McFly||Navigate through your bash shell history|
|mdless||Formatted and highlighted view of Markdown files|
|OCRmyPDF||Add OCR text layer to scanned PDFs|
|Paperwork||Designed to simplify the management of your paperwork|
|PDF Mix Tool||Perform common editing operations on PDF files|
|peco||Simple interactive filtering tool that's remarkably useful|
|ripgrep||Recursively search directories for a regex pattern|
|scrcpy||Display and control Android devices|
|tldr||Simplified and community-driven man pages|
|tmux||A terminal multiplexer that offers a massive boost to your workflow|
|Tusk||An unofficial Evernote client with bags of potential|
|Ulauncher||Sublime application launcher|
|Watson||Track the time spent on projects|