Lightning Fast Terminal File Manager

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I've been using nnn for a few months now, and I can't overhype it.

It's a no-frills, super-fast file manager that runs in your terminal. It's open source and written in C.

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🐬 The missing terminal file manager for X

nnn - type less, do more, way faster

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navigate-as-you-type & du (click to see demo video)


nnn is a full-featured terminal file manager. It's tiny, extremely light and fast.

nnn is also a disk usage analyzer, a fuzzy app launcher, a batch file renamer and a file picker. The plugin repository has tons of plugins and plugin-specific documentation to extend the capabilities further. There's an independent (neo)vim plugin.

It runs smoothly on the Raspberry Pi, Termux on Android, Linux, macOS, BSD, Cygwin and Linux subsystem for Windows. nnn works seamlessly with DEs and GUI utilities. It's nearly zero-config (with sensible defaults) and can be setup in less than 5 minutes.

Add to that an awesome Wiki!


  • Modes
    • Light (default), detail
    • Disk usage analyzer (block/apparent)
    • File picker, (neo)vim plugin
  • Navigation
    • Navigate-as-you-type with dir auto-select
    • Contexts (aka tabs/workspaces) with custom colors
    • Sessions, bookmarks; pin and…

The Quickstart guide is excellent.

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First time i see NSFW referring to language, not nudes. I do believe porn is not the best thing to spend time on at work, but language? Cmon, who even cares about language?


The language you choose to adopt makes you either look like a "bro", or like a pro. That's not NSFW proper of course, but language is important because that's what links us. And there are plenty of F words that don't appeal to bros. In fact, using a word that starts with F already suggests "Fucking", so it's actually more Fun to not use it.

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I don't know where every dev.to member works, and I've worked in places where web filters would've caught that word.

Better safe than sorry.

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