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This project is heavily inspired by the super colorls project but with some little differences. For example it is written in rust and not in ruby which makes it much faster.





Install the patched fonts of powerline nerd-font and/or font-awesome. Have a look at the Nerd Font README for more installation instructions. Don't forget to setup your terminal in order to use the correct font.

See this issue comment for detailed instructions on how to configure iTerm2 font settings correctly.

On Archlinux

pacman -S lsd

On Fedora

dnf install lsd

On Ubuntu

... and other Debian-based Linux distributions

Download the latest .deb package from the release page and install it via:

sudo dpkg -i lsd_0.19.0_amd64.deb # adapt version number and architecture

On Gentoo

sudo emerge sys-apps/lsd

(Ebuild maintained by Georgy Yakovlev)

On macOS

via Homebrew:

brew install lsd

or MacPorts:

sudo port install lsd

On NixOS/From nix

nix-env -iA nixos.lsd

Or add lsd to your configuration.nix like so:

# ...
environment.systemPackages = with pkgs; [
  # other packages ...
# ...

On FreeBSD

pkg install lsd


... and other platforms using pkgsrc

Using the package manager:

pkgin install lsd

Building from source:

cd /usr/pkgsrc/sysutils/lsd
make install

On Windows

Install with Scoop:

scoop install lsd

On Android (via Termux)

pkg install lsd

Setup Nerd Fonts in Termux

From Sources

With Rust's package manager cargo, you can install lsd via:

cargo install lsd

If you want to install the latest master branch commit:

cargo install --git --branch master

From Binaries

The release page includes precompiled binaries for Linux and macOS.


lsd can be configured with a configuration file to set the default options. Check Config file content for details.

Config file location


On non-Windows systems lsd follows the XDG Base Directory Specification convention for the location of the configuration file. The configuration dir lsd uses is itself named lsd. In that directory it looks first for a file called config.yaml. For most people it should be enough to put their config file at ~/.config/lsd/config.yaml.


On Windows systems lsd only looks for the config.yaml files in one location: %APPDATA%\lsd\

Config file content

This is an example config file with the default values and some additional remarks.

# == Classic ==
# This is a shorthand to override some of the options to be backwards compatible
# with `ls`. It affects the "color"->"when", "sorting"->"dir-grouping", "date"
# and "icons"->"when" options.
# Possible values: false, true
classic: false

# == Blocks ==
# This specifies the columns and their order when using the long and the tree
# layout.
# Possible values: permission, user, group, size, size_value, date, name, inode
  - permission
  - user
  - group
  - size
  - date
  - name

# == Color ==
# This has various color options. (Will be expanded in the future.)
  # When to colorize the output.
  # When "classic" is set, this is set to "never".
  # Possible values: never, auto, always
  when: auto

# == Date ==
# This specifies the date format for the date column. The freeform format
# accepts an strftime like string.
# When "classic" is set, this is set to "date".
# Possible values: date, relative, +<date_format>
date: date

# == Dereference ==
# Whether to dereference symbolic links.
# Possible values: false, true
dereference: false

# == Display ==
# What items to display. Do not specify this for the default behavior.
# Possible values: all, almost-all, directory-only
# display: all

# == Icons ==
  # When to use icons.
  # When "classic" is set, this is set to "never".
  # Possible values: always, auto, never
  when: auto
  # Which icon theme to use.
  # Possible values: fancy, unicode
  theme: fancy

# == Ignore Globs ==
# A list of globs to ignore when listing.
# ignore-globs:
#   - .git

# == Indicators ==
# Whether to add indicator characters to certain listed files.
# Possible values: false, true
indicators: false

# == Layout ==
# Which layout to use. "oneline" might be a bit confusing here and should be
# called "one-per-line". It might be changed in the future.
# Possible values: grid, tree, oneline
layout: grid

# == Recursion ==
  # Whether to enable recursion.
  # Possible values: false, true
  enabled: false
  # How deep the recursion should go. This has to be a positive integer. Leave
  # it unspecified for (virtually) infinite.
  # depth: 3

# == Size ==
# Specifies the format of the size column.
# Possible values: default, short, bytes
size: default

# == Sorting ==
  # Specify what to sort by.
  # Possible values: extension, name, time, size, version
  column: name
  # Whether to reverse the sorting.
  # Possible values: false, true
  reverse: false
  # Whether to group directories together and where.
  # When "classic" is set, this is set to "none".
  # Possible values: first, last, none
  dir-grouping: none

# == No Symlink ==
# Whether to omit showing symlink targets
# Possible values: false, true
no-symlink: false

# == Total size ==
# Whether to display the total size of directories.
# Possible values: false, true
total-size: false

# == Symlink arrow ==
# Specifies how the symlink arrow display, chars in both ascii and utf8

External Configurations


Enable nerd fonts for your terminal, URxvt for example:


URxvt*font:    xft:Hack Nerd Font:style=Regular:size=11


In order to use lsd when entering the ls command, you need to add this to your shell configuration file (~/.bashrc, ~/.zshrc, etc.):

alias ls='lsd'

Some further examples of useful aliases:

alias l='ls -l'
alias la='ls -a'
alias lla='ls -la'
alias lt='ls --tree'


Default Colors

In the future the possibility to customize the colors might be implemented. For now, the default colors are:

User/Group Permissions File Types Last time Modified File Size
#ffffd7 User #00d700 Read #0087ff Directory #00d700 within the last hour #ffffaf Small File
#d7d7af Group #d7ff87 Write #00d700 Executable File #00d787 within the last day #ffaf87 Medium File
#af0000 Execute #d7d700 Non-Executable File #00af87 older #d78700 Large File
#ff00ff Execute with Stickybit #af0000 Broken Symlink #ffffff Non File
#d75f87 No Access #00d7d7 Pipe/Symlink/Blockdevice/Socket/Special
#d78700 CharDevice

UTF-8 Chars

lsd will try to display the UTF-8 chars in file name, A U+FFFD REPLACEMENT CHARACTER(�) is used to represent the invalid UTF-8 chars.


Everyone can contribute to this project, improving the code or adding functions. If anyone wants something to be added we will try to do it.

As this is being updated regularly, don't forget to rebase your fork before creating a pull-request.


Special thanks to: