Program to provide a Linux cd history directory stack
LINUX SHELL CD HISTORY
cdhist is a utility which
provides a Linux shell cd history directory stack. A shell
alias calls a tiny helper script to intercept your normal shell
command and maintain an ordered stack of all directories you previously
visited which can be listed and quickly jumped to by numeric index. You
can also integrate the Command Line Fuzzy
fzf to fuzzy search and
select on previously visited directories. See the section below about
The latest version and documentation is available at http://github.com/bulletmark/cdhist.
cd command to change directory as normal:
$ cd /tmp $ cd /etc $ cd /usr/share/doc $ cd /boot/loader $ cd ~/etc $ cd
At any point you can use the
cd -- command to list all your previously
visited directories and be prompted for one to select and cd to:
$ cd -- 6 ... 5 /tmp 4 /etc 3 /usr/share/doc 2 /boot/loader 1 ~/etc 0 ~ Select directory index [or <enter> to quit]: 3 $ pwd /usr/share/doc
That's it! The above is all you really need to know. Instead of having to type the directory name you merely enter it's index. The directories are displayed most recently visited last, without duplicates. Index 0 is the current directory, index 1 is the previous, index 2 is the second previous, up to a user configured number (default 50). Other available commands and options are:
List the current stack and its indices (without prompting):
$ cd -l
Change dir to stack index "n":
$ cd -n
Search back through stack for "string" and cd there:
$ cd -/string
Note, you can also type
/string (or just
string) at the
prompt to search.
Show this help:
$ cd -h|?
All other arguments are passed on to the normal cd command.
Arch users can install cdhist from the AUR and skip to the next section.
pip3 is installed. Python 3.4 or later is required.
Note cdhist is on PyPI so you can
sudo pip3 install cdhist. Or do the following to install
from this repository:
$ git clone http://github.com/bulletmark/cdhist $ cd cdhist $ sudo pip3 install .
Each user who wants to use the cdhist facility must source the
cdhist.rc file into their shell at login, i.e in
~/.zshrc, etc just add the following lines:
for _d in /usr/share /usr/local/share; do _f="$_d/cdhist/cdhist.rc" if [[ -r $_f ]]; then source $_f break fi done
Then log out and back in again. Note that some installations may place
cdhist/ directory elsewhere to the two most common locations
listed above so you may need to work out the location from where to
The popular Command Line Fuzzy Finder
fzf can easily be integrated with
cdhist to provide fuzzy search
navigation over your directory history. Simply set the following in your
environment to have
fzf search the directories recorded by
export FZF_ALT_C_COMMAND="cat $HOME/.cd_history"
After adding this, you now have two options to change to previous directories:
Either use the
cd --or any other commands described above to list all your previous directories and then select the one you want, or
fzflist all your previous directories and fuzzy match on them for selection as you type.
fzfcan also provide fancy directory previews using
ALTERNATIVE COMMAND NAME
Some people may prefer not to alias their system
cd command to this
utility and just use an alternative unique command name. To do this, set
CDHISTCOMMAND to your preferred name before you invoke the
cdhist.rc script in your shell init file. E.g, to use the command name
xd rather than
cd add the following export after the
if test and
source line in the above.
Log out/in, and then just type
xd /tmp to change dir,
xd -- to see
and select dirs, etc.
$ cd cdhist # Source dir, as above $ git pull $ sudo pip3 install -U .
$ sudo pip3 uninstall cdhist
Copyright (C) 2010, 2012 Mark Blakeney. This program is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License. This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or any later version. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License at http://www.gnu.org/licenses/ for more details.
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