This project is a rewrite of GNU
ls with lots of added features like colors, icons, tree-view, more formatting options etc.
The project is heavily inspired by the super colorls project.
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.
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|Android (via Termux)||
|Debian sid and bookworm||
|Ubuntu 23.04 (Lunar Lobster)||
|Earlier Ubuntu/Debian versions||snap discontinued, use From Binaries|
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 https://github.com/lsd-rs/lsd.git --branch master
The release page includes precompiled binaries for Linux, macOS and Windows for every release. You can also get the latest binary of
master branch from the GitHub action build artifacts (choose the top action and scroll down to the artifacts section).
lsd can be configured with a configuration file to set the default options.
Check Config file content for details.
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
For most people it should be enough to put their config file at
On Windows systems
lsd only looks for the
config.yaml files in one location:
You can also provide a configuration file from a non standard location:
lsd --config-file [PATH]
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, context, size, date, name, inode, links, git blocks: - permission - user - group - size - date - name # == Color == # This has various color options. (Will be expanded in the future.) color: # When to colorize the output. # When "classic" is set, this is set to "never". # Possible values: never, auto, always when: auto # How to colorize the output. # When "classic" is set, this is set to "no-color". # Possible values: default, custom # When "custom" is set, lsd will look in the config directory for `colors.yaml`. theme: default # == Date == # This specifies the date format for the date column. The freeform format # accepts a strftime like string. # When "classic" is set, this is set to "date". # Possible values: date, relative, '+<date_format>' # `date_format` will be a `strftime` formatted value. e.g. `date: '+%d %b %y %X'` will give you a date like this: 17 Jun 21 20:14:55 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 == 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 # Separator between icon and the name # Default to 1 space separator: " " # == 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 == 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 # == Permission == # Specify the format of the permission column # Possible value: rwx, octal permission: rwx # == Sorting == 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 # == Hyperlink == # Attach hyperlink to filenames # Possible values: always, auto, never hyperlink: never # == Symlink arrow == # Specifies how the symlink arrow display, chars in both ascii and utf8 symlink-arrow: ⇒ # == Header == # Whether to display block headers. # Possible values: false, true header: false # == Literal == # Whether to show quotes on filenames. # Possible values: false, true literal: false # == Truncate owner == # How to truncate the username and group names for a file if they exceed a certain # number of characters. truncate-owner: # Number of characters to keep. By default, no truncation is done (empty value). after: # String to be appended to a name if truncated. marker: ""
lsd can be configured with theme files to set the colors or icons.
Color theme can be configured in the configuration file(color.theme), The valid theme configurations are:
default: the default color scheme shipped in
custom: use a custom color scheme defined in
- (deprecated) theme_file_name(yaml): use the theme file to specify colors(without the
When set to
lsd will look for
colors.yaml in the
XDG Base Directory, e.g. ~/.config/lsd/colors.yaml
When configured with the
theme-file-name which is a
lsd will look up the theme file in the following way:
- relative name: check the XDG Base Directory, e.g. ~/.config/lsd/themes/.yaml
- absolute name: use the file path and name to find theme file
Check Color Theme file content for details.
Please notice that color values would ignore the case, both lowercase and UPPERCASE is supported.
This is the default theme scheme shipped with
user: 230 group: 187 permission: read: dark_green write: dark_yellow exec: dark_red exec-sticky: 5 no-access: 245 octal: 6 acl: dark_cyan context: cyan date: hour-old: 40 day-old: 42 older: 36 size: none: 245 small: 229 medium: 216 large: 172 inode: valid: 13 invalid: 245 links: valid: 13 invalid: 245 tree-edge: 245 git-status: default: 245 unmodified: 245 ignored: 245 new-in-index: dark_green new-in-workdir: dark_green typechange: dark_yellow deleted: dark_red renamed: dark_green modified: dark_yellow conflicted: dark_red
When creating a theme for
lsd, you can specify any part of the default theme,
and then change its colors, the items missed would fallback to use the default colors.
Please also notice that an empty theme is NOT supported due to a bug in serde lib.
NOTE: This feature is not available in a release yet. You can get this feature by building from
Icon theme can be configured in a fixed location,
~/.config/lsd/icons.yaml on macOS,
please check Config file location to make sure where is
As the file name indicated, the icon theme file is a
Check Icon Theme file content for details.
lsd support 3 kinds of icon overrides, by
filetype and by
The final set of icons used will be a combination of what is shipped with in
lsd with overrides from config applied on top of it.
You can find the default set of icons here.
Both nerd font glyphs and unicode emojis can be used for icons. You can find an example of icons customization below.
name: .trash: .cargo: .emacs.d: a.out: extension: go: hs: rs: 🦀 filetype: dir: 📂 file: 📄 pipe: 📩 socket: executable: symlink-dir: symlink-file: device-char: device-block: special:
Enable nerd fonts for your terminal, URxvt for example in
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.):
Some further examples of useful aliases:
alias l='ls -l' alias la='ls -a' alias lla='ls -la' alias lt='ls --tree'
lsd to be able to display icons, the font has to include special font glyphs. This might not be the case for most fonts that you download. Thankfully, you can patch most fonts using NerdFont and add these icons. Or you can just download an already patched version of your favourite font from NerdFont font download page.
Here is a guide on how to setup fonts on macOS and Android.
To check if the font you are using is setup correctly, try running the following snippet in a shell and see if that prints a folder icon. If it prints a box, or question mark or something else, then you might have some issues in how you setup the font or how your terminal emulator renders the font.
First of all, make sure a patched font is installed and PuTTY/KiTTY is configurated to use it, please check Prerequisites.
There are problems for PuTTY/KiTTY to show 2 char wide icons, make sure using a 1 char wide font like Hack Regular Nerd Font Complete Mono Windows Compatible, check this issue for detail.
You can customize filetype colors using
LS_COLORS and other colors using the theme.
The default colors are:
Workaround for Konsole: ㅤEdit the config file (or create it if it doesn't already exist) and paste the following into it (contains invisible unicode characters):
icons: separator: " ㅤ"
This is a known issue in a few terminal emulator. Try using a different terminal emulator like. Alacritty and Kitty are really good alternatives. You might also want to check if your font is responsible for causing this. To verify this, try running lsd with icons disabled and if it still does not have the first character, then this is an lsd bug:
lsd --icon never --ignore-config
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.
Nerd Fonts is moving the codepoints of the Material Design Icons in 3.0, so lsd has updated the icons in #830. If your icons look weird, use fonts that have been patched using Nerd Fonts v2.3.0 or later.
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: