Broot allows you to get an overview of a directory in an interactive way that works much better than ‘tree’ on folders with many files.

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You can download precompile binaries from or search on your system repositories (it’s available on Arch Linux).

There is a companion function called br that allows to do a cd when you press ALT + Enter when a directory is selected on broot. When you start broot for the first time it will ask you to install this shell function (you can also run broot --install).



Run br (or broot if you haven’t installed br) on a terminal. You will see a tree view for the current directory. Use arrow keys to move around, Enter to open a file or folder, ALT + Enter to close Broot and cd to the selected directory. Search by just typing the letters. Press Ctrl + C to close Broot.

A simple but powerful command to replace tree.

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