A command-line file manager


Broot is one of the most useful command-line tools I have come across in quite some time. The documentation on the website turns out to be just as excellent as broot itself. Study the documentation more closely, and you'll find that there is much more to discover than this article can cover.

Broot can speed up filesystem navigation and replace commands such as tree and ls. You can display low-resolution images in a panel (Figure 7); if you use Kitty [12] terminal emulation, you can even view high-resolution images. By the way, when I used Kitty, the icons also worked.

Figure 7: Broot even opens images, but in low resolution. If you use the Kitty terminal emulator, you get high-resolution images because it harnesses the GPU for rendering.

If you do most of your work at the command line, you will quickly warm to broot. With a flat learning curve, the benefits in terms of clarity and work speed are substantial. If you have shied away from the command line thus far, you might even want to rethink your relationship with it thanks to broot.

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