The current version of broot works on linux, mac and windows (win 10+).


Windows users: broot may need additional rights at first use in order to write its configuration file. Some users on Windows also report problems with the colon. Remember that a space can be used instead of a colon.


If you use cargo and there's a compilation error, it usually means you have an old version of the compiler, and you should update it (for example with rustup update).

From precompiled binaries

Binaries are made available at every release in download.

Direct links:

Target Files
Linux x86_64-linux
Raspberry armv7-unknown-linux-gnueabihf
Windows 10+ x86_64-pc-windows-gnu
Shell completion completion/

You may download previous releases on GitHub releases.

When you download executable files, you'll have to ensure the shell can find them. An easy solution on linux is for example to put them in /usr/local/bin. You may also have to set them executable using chmod +x broot.


You'll need to have the Rust development environment installed.

Once it's installed, use cargo to install broot:

cargo install broot

From source

You'll need to have the Rust development environment installed.

Fetch the Canop/broot repository, move to the broot directory, then run

cargo install --path .


If you're using homebrew, you can use the brew install command:

brew install broot

note: the brew formula is maintained by a third party and may be less up to date.

APT / Deb

Ubuntu and Debian users may use this apt repository:

note: this repository is also maintained by a third party.

Installation Completion : the br shell function

broot is convenient to find a directory then cd to it, which is done using <alt><enter> or :cd.

But broot needs a companion function in the shell in order to be able to change directory.

When you start broot, it checks whether the br shell function seems to have been installed (or to have been refused). If needed, and if the used shell seems compatible (supported shells today are bash, zsh and fish), then broot asks the permission to register this shell function.

If you have messed with the configuration files, you might want to have the shell function reinstalled.

In order to do this, either remove all broot config files, or launch broot --install.

When it's done, you can do just br to launch broot, and typing <alt><enter> will cd for you.