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Walk is a simple and minimalistic terminal navigator

In Operation

Hyper wasn’t displaying icons correctly on our test system, so we switched to a different terminal emulator (Alacritty).

walk showing icons for files and directories

We can use the lk or walk command to walk around our file system.

Navigate around the file system the arrow keys or h j k l keys. To edit a file that’s highlighted press Return or preview that file with the Space key.

Preview mode in walk

There’s fuzzy search functionality available accessible with /.

Besides navigating the file system, editing and previewing files, it also possible to delete files and directories using the d d shortcut. We like the way it’s implemented. Press d on a highlighted file or directory turns the entry red. Press d again and the file/directory will be deleted unless you press u in 5 seconds.

Deleting a file in walk


walk is billed as a terminal file manager and a terminal navigator. Terminal navigator is a better description as it’s not really a file manager. For example, it lacks some really basic file manager functionality such as creating a file.

walk is a useful utility. It makes navigating the file system easier with its fuzzy searches. But we’ve decided not to include it in our Excellent Utilities series. It might be a replacement for say broot if that utility is overkill for your needs.

walk is not designed to be stuffed with lots of bells and whistles.

Developer: Anton Medvedev
License: MIT License

walk is written in Go. Learn Go with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction and Installation
Page 2 – In Operation and Summary

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