Get an overview of a directory, even a big one


Notice the unlisted?

That's what makes it usable where the old tree command would produce pages of output.

.gitignore files are properly dealt with to put unwanted files out of your way (you can ignore them though, see documentation).

Find a directory then cd to it


This way, you can navigate to a directory with the minimum amount of keystrokes, even if you don't exactly remember where it is.

broot is fast and never blocks, even when you make it search a big slow disk (any keystroke interrupts the current search to start the next one).

Most useful keys for this:

Never lose track of file hierarchy while you search


broot tries to select the most relevant file. You can still go from one match to another one using <tab> or arrow keys.

You may also search with a regular expression. To do this, add a / before or after the pattern.

Once the file you want is selected you can

Manipulate your files


Most often you move your files in the blind. You do a few ls before, then your manipulation, and maybe you check after.

You can instead do it without losing the view of the file hierarchy.

Move, copy, rm, mkdir, are built in and you can add your own shortcuts.

Apply a standard or personal shortcut to a file


Just find the file you want to edit with a few keystrokes, type :e, then <enter>.

You can add verbs or configure the existing ones; see documentation.

And you can add shorcuts, for example a ctrl sequence or a function key

Replace ls (and its clones):

If you want to display dates and permissions, do br -dp which gets you this:

replace ls

You may also toggle options with a few keystrokes while inside broot. For example hitting a space, a d then enter shows you the dates. Or a space, then h then enter and you see hidden files.

See what takes space:


If you start broot with the --sizes option, or if you type :s while in broot, you get a mode tailored to "whale spotting" navigation, making it easy to determine what files or folders take space.

And you keep all broot tools, like filtering or the ability to delete or open files and directories.

Sizes are computed in the background, you don't have to wait for them when you navigate.

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.

And if you want to see only the files which would be displayed by the git status command, do :gs.


See the complete Documentation and how to install.