Excellent Utilities: peco – interactive filtering tool

Last Updated on May 22, 2022

Other Features

What else does peco offer?

Other features of the software include:

  • Select a range of lines.
  • Limit the buffer size.
  • Custom keybinding.
  • Since version 0.2.5, you can change the screen layout with the command line option (–layout=bottom-up) or from the Layout variable on the configuration file.
    • Other command-line options:
      • –exec command-line – execute external commands via shell instead of finishing/terminating peco.
      • –on-cancel – determines if the user has canceled the query, which can be useful in a pipeline of commands.
      • –selection-prefix – use a prefix instead of changing line color to indicate currently selected lines. default is to use colors.
      • –on-cancel – select first item and immediately exit if the input contains only 1 item.
      • –select-1 – select first item and immediately exit if the input contains only 1 item.
      • –prompt – specify the prompt string.
      • –initial-index – position of the initial index of the selection.
      • –initial-filter – specify the default filter.

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Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Installation
Page 2 – In Operation
Page 3 – Other Features
Page 4 – Summary

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4 years ago

You should compare it with fzf. Seems to be much more popular (for example, fzf is in both Arch and Fedora repos, but I didn’t find peco in either). I’m sure there are subtle differences if you dig deep enough, but it would be good to know if something fundamental is different / better in one or the other.

Isobel Craven
Isobel Craven
4 years ago

sitaram, if you want to compare peco with fzf go right ahead.