broot works on linux, mac and windows (win 10+).

Current version: download



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. You should also use a modern terminal, for example the new Microsoft one

Precompiled binaries

Binaries are made available at every release in download.

The archives there contain precompiled binaries, as well as the licenses and other files.

You may also directly download the executable files below, depending on your system:

Target Details Clipboard Download
x86-64 Linux Intel/AMD, needs a recent enough linux yes x86_64-linux
x86-64 Linux old glibc Intel/AMD, compatible with older glibc no x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu
x86-64 Linux musl Intel/AMD, very compatible no x86_64-unknown-linux-musl
ARM32 Linux no armv7-unknown-linux-gnueabihf
ARM32 Linux musl no armv7-unknown-linux-musleabi
ARM64 Linux no aarch64-unknown-linux-gnu
ARM64 Linux musl no aarch64-unknown-linux-musl
Windows Intel/AMD 64 Windows 10+ yes x86_64-pc-windows-gnu

Shell completion scripts: completion

All releases are also available 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.

As I can't compile myself for all possible systems, you'll need to compile broot yourself or use a third-party repository (see below) if your system isn't in the list above.



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

The main cause of compilation error is an outdated rust compiler. Try updating it with rustup update.

You may also have problems compiling if you're missing dependencies. Here's how to install them on several distributions:

Debian, Ubuntu:

sudo apt install build-essential libxcb1-dev libxcb-render0-dev libxcb-shape0-dev libxcb-xfixes0-dev -y

Fedora, Centos, Red Hat:

sudo dnf install libxcb -y


sudo zypper --non-interactive install xorg-x11-util-devel libxcb-composite0 libxcb-render0 libxcb-shape0 libxcb-xfixes0

Arch Linux:

sudo pacman -Syu --noconfirm libxcb

Broot installation

Once you have rust and dependencies installed, use cargo to install broot:

cargo install --locked broot

or, for clipboard support:

cargo install --locked --features clipboard broot

From source

As for installing from, you'll need rust and other dependencies first.

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

cargo install --locked --path .

If you want a custom compilation, have a look at the optional features documentation. The most common feature is the "clipboard" one:

cargo install --locked --features clipboard --path .

Third party repositories

Those packages are maintained by third parties and may be less up to date.

Packaging status


brew install broot


sudo port selfupdate
sudo port install broot


scoop install broot

Alpine Linux

apk add broot

note: broot package is available in Alpine 3.13 and newer

APT / Deb

Ubuntu and Debian users may use this apt repository:


pkgin install broot

Gentoo Linux

emerge broot


To reinstall, just change the executable.

It's always been compatible with the previous configuration files but if your previous installation is old (especially if it's pre 1.14), you might want to get the new configuration files which have more relevant sections.

The simplest solution is to remove your old configuration directory (or rename if you want to keep things) so that broot recreates it.

After installation

Now you should

  1. install the br shell function
  2. have a look at the verbs.hjson configuration file, and especially setup the editor of your choice