Efficiently manage files with nnn

Tutorial – nnn

Article from Issue 272/2023

If you're a Linux lover, you'll know the command line is the slickest and most efficient way to interact with the system. Free yourself from point-and-click with the nnn command-line file manager.

Popular distros such as Ubuntu have given Linux to the masses with colorful icons and point-and-click interfaces. Still, experienced Linux users can save huge amounts of time and effort by staying within the command-line interface (CLI).

However, the Linux terminal itself doesn't make it easy to navigate quickly between files, plus you need to memorize a string of commands in order to rename, copy, and move files. This is where nnn comes in. If developer jarun's name sounds familiar, it's because he's also the author of ddgr – a CLI for the privacy-centric DuckDuckGo search engine, which we covered in issue 270 [1].

His utility nnn is inspired by an older minimalist file manager for the terminal, noice, from which it derives its rather recursive name (Nnn's Not Noice).


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