Modern alternatives for ls

Improving the View

Article from Issue 281/2024

LSDeluxe and eza are modern implementations of the ancient Unix ls command in the Rust programming language.

Some people who rely on the command line may not be aware that some of the commands they type were introduced 40, 50, or even 60 years ago. They often date back to Unix or the early days of GNU. Of course, modernized versions of many of these frequently used commands from the Unix era are now available.

Early versions of the Unix ls command from the coreutils package have existed since the early 1960s. Later on, ls was revised by Richard Stallman and added to the GNU tools. The abbreviation ls stands for "list", because the command lists files and directories on the terminal. Along with cd, ls is definitely one of the most frequently used commands under Linux.


Previous Linux Magazine articles have looked at some of the ls alternatives listed on GitHub, such as broot or ripgrep [1]. Many of these alternatives are implementations in modern programming languages. Besides offering improved speed and extended information, they occasionally come with new parameters and are almost always visually enhanced.


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