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A cli to browse and watch anime (alone AND with friends). This tool scrapes the site allanime.



Table of Contents

Fixing errors

If you encounter "Video url not found" or any breaking issue, then make sure you are on latest version by typing sudo ani-cli -U to update on Linux, Mac and Android. On Windows, run gitbash as administrator then there type ani-cli -U. If after this the issue persists then open an issue.

History has been reworked and relocated. We're working on a transition script, please be patient. Old history can be viewed with less ${XDG_CACHE_HOME:-$HOME/.cache}/ani-hsts


Users of V3.2 or the v3.2.x series should uninstall before upgrading

Otherwise you're likely to see an error like the following: "/usr/bin/ani-cli: line 470: (...)/player_mpv: No such file or directory"

Native packages

Packaging status

Native packages have a more robust update cycle, but sometimes they are slow to upgrade. If the one for your platform is up-to-date we suggest going with it.


Debian unstable

sudo apt install ani-cli


To install mpv (and vlc) you need RPM Fusion free enabled. Simply follow the instructions here: To be able to install syncplay, you'll need to enable this copr repo (instructions included):

To install ani-cli:

sudo dnf copr enable derisis13/ani-cli
sudo dnf install ani-cli

If for your distro uses rpm and you would like to see a native package, open an issue.


Build and install from the AUR:

yay -S ani-cli

Also consider ani-cli-git


Build and install from the GURU:

sudo eselect repository enable guru
sudo emaint sync -r guru
sudo emerge -a ani-cli

Consider using the 9999 ebuild.

sudo emerge -a =app-misc/ani-cli-9999

OpenSuse Tumbleweed and Leap

On Suse the provided MPV and VLC packages are missing features that are used by ani-cli. The only required is the "Only Essentials" repository which has versions for each Suse release. You can find instructions on this here.

To add the ani-cli copr repo, update then install ani-cli run (on both versions):

zypper addrepo ani-cli
zypper dup
zypper install ani-cli

You'll get a warning about Signature verification failed [4-Signatures public key is not available] but this can be ignored from the prompt.

Note: package is noarch, so any architecture should work, even though the repo is labelled x86-64

Installing from source

Install dependencies (See below)

sudo rm -rf "/usr/local/share/ani-cli" "/usr/local/bin/ani-cli" "/usr/local/bin/UI" /usr/local/bin/player_* #If some of these aren't found, it's not a problem
git clone ""
sudo cp ani-cli/ani-cli /usr/local/bin
rm -rf ani-cli


Install dependencies (See below)

Install HomeBrew if not installed.

rm -rf "$(brew --prefix)/share/ani-cli" "$(brew --prefix)/bin/ani-cli" "$(brew --prefix)/bin/UI" "$(brew --prefix)"/bin/player_* #If some of these aren't found, it's not a problem
git clone "" && cd ./ani-cli
cp ./ani-cli "$(brew --prefix)"/bin
cd .. && rm -rf ./ani-cli

To install (with Homebrew) the dependencies required on Mac OS, you can run:

brew install curl grep aria2 ffmpeg git fzf && \
brew install --cask iina

Why iina and not mpv? Drop-in replacement for mpv for MacOS. Integrates well with OSX UI. Excellent support for M1. Open Source.


ani-cli needs a posix shell and the current way is git bash. Unfortunately fzf can't run in git bash's default terminal. The solution is to use git bash in windows terminal

First, you'll need windows terminal preview. (Install)

Then make sure git bash is installed. (Install) It needs to be added to windows terminal (Instructions)

The following steps and ani-cli need to be run from git bash in windows terminal.

Scoop bucket

scoop bucket add extras
scoop install ani-cli

From source

rm -rf "/usr/local/share/ani-cli" "/usr/local/bin/ani-cli" "/usr/local/bin/UI" /usr/local/bin/player_* #If some of these aren't found, it's not a problem
git clone ""
cp ani-cli/ani-cli /usr/bin
rm -rf ani-cli


All dependencies can be installed with scoop (from the extras bucket), however some users experienced that installed programs aren't always added to the path. If this happens installing from winget instead usually works.

Note that curl can cause issues. ani-cli has been tested unsuccessfully with curl 7.83.1 and successfully with 7.86.0. If you run into issues, try the scoop install or grab the newest curl you can find.


Install termux (Guide)

Termux package

pkg up -y
pkg install ani-cli

From source

pkg up -y
rm -rf "$PREFIX/share/ani-cli" "$PREFIX/bin/ani-cli" "$PREFIX/bin/UI" "$PREFIX"/local/bin/player_* #If some of these aren't found, it's not a problem
git clone ""
cp ani-cli/ani-cli "$PREFIX"/bin
rm -rf ani-cli

For players you can use the apk (playstore/fdroid) versions of mpv and vlc. Note that these cannot be checked from termux so a warning is generated when checking dependencies.


Install iSH and VLC from the app store.

Make sure apk is updated using apk update; apk upgrade then run this:

apk add grep sed curl fzf git aria2 alpine-sdk ncurses
git clone ~/ffmpeg
cd ~/ffmpeg
cat fmp.?? > ffmpeg.tar.gz
tar -xvf ffmpeg.tar.gz
cd FFmpeg
make install
rm -rf ffmpeg
apk add ffmpeg
git clone ~/.ani-cli
cp ~/.ani-cli/ani-cli /usr/local/bin/ani-cli
chmod +x /usr/local/bin/ani-cli
rm -rf ~/.ani-cli

note that downloading is going to be very slow. This is an iSH issue, not an ani-cli issue.

Steam Deck

Copypaste script:

  • Switch to Desktop mode (STEAM Button > Power > Switch to Desktop)
  • Open Konsole (Steam Deck Icon in bottom left corner > System > Konsole)
  • Copy the script, paste it in the CLI and press Enter("A" button on Steam Deck)
[ ! -d ~/.local/bin ] && mkdir ~/.local/bin && echo "export $PATH=$HOME/.local/bin:$PATH" >> ".$(echo $SHELL | sed -nE "s|.*/(.*)\$|\1|p")rc"

git clone --depth 1 ~/.fzf

mkdir ~/.aria2c
curl -o ~/.aria2c/aria2-1.36.0.tar.bz2
tar xvf ~/.aria2c/aria2-1.36.0.tar.bz2 -C ~/.aria2c/
cp ~/.aria2c/aria2-1.36.0-linux-gnu-64bit-build1/aria2c ~/.local/bin/
chmod +x ~/.local/bin/aria2c

git clone ~/.ani-cli
cp ~/.ani-cli/ani-cli ~/.local/bin/

flatpak install io.mpv.Mpv

press enter("A" button on Steam Deck) on questions

Installation in steps:

Install mpv (Flatpak version):
flatpak install io.mpv.Mpv

press enter("A" button on Steam Deck) on questions

Install fzf:
git clone --depth 1 ~/.fzf

press enter("A" button on Steam Deck) on questions

Make a ~/.local/bin folder if doesn't exist and add it to $PATH
[ ! -d ~/.local/bin ] && mkdir ~/.local/bin && echo "export $PATH=$HOME/.local/bin:$PATH" >> ".$(echo $SHELL | sed -nE "s|.*/(.*)\$|\1|p")rc"
Install aria2 (needed for download feature only):
mkdir ~/.aria2c
curl -o ~/.aria2c/aria2-1.36.0.tar.bz2
tar xvf ~/.aria2c/aria2-1.36.0.tar.bz2 -C ~/.aria2c/
cp ~/.aria2c/aria2-1.36.0-linux-gnu-64bit-build1/aria2c ~/.local/bin/
chmod +x ~/.local/bin/aria2c
Install ani-cli:
git clone ~/.ani-cli
cp ~/.ani-cli/ani-cli ~/.local/bin/
Optional: add desktop entry:
echo '[Desktop Entry]
Exec=konsole -e ani-cli
Name=ani-cli' > ~/.local/share/applications/ani-cli.desktop

The .desktop entry will allow to start ani-cli in Konsole directly from "Gaming Mode" In Steam Desktop app: Add game > Add a non-steam game > tick a box for ani-cli > Add selected programs Note: Konsole window size bugs out if launched from "Gaming Mode". Note: this is not working the way it should yet.


  • apt:
sudo apt remove ani-cli
# to remove the repository from apt
sudo rm -f /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/ani-cli.asc /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ani-cli-debian.list
  • dnf:
sudo dnf remove ani-cli      # for ani-cli
# disable the repo in dnf
dnf copr disable derisis13/ani-cli

You might want to uninstall RPM fusion if you don't use it otherwise

  • zypper:
zypper remove ani-cli
zypper removerepo ani-cli

You might want to remove packman-essentials if you don't need it otherwise

  • AUR:
yay -R ani-cli
  • Scoop:
scoop uninstall ani-cli
  • Linux:
sudo rm "/usr/local/bin/ani-cli"
  • Mac:
rm "$(brew --prefix)/bin/ani-cli"
  • Windows: In Git Bash run (as administrator):
rm "/usr/bin/ani-cli"
  • Termux package
pkg remove ani-cli
  • Android:
rm "$PREFIX/bin/ani-cli"
  • Steam Deck
rm "~/.local/bin/ani-cli"
rm -rf ~/.ani-cli

optionally: remove dependencies:

rm ~/.local/bin/aria2c
rm -rf "~/.aria2"
rm -rf "~/.fzf"
flatpak uninstall io.mpv.Mpv
  • iOS
rm -rf /usr/local/bin/ani-cli

To uninstall FFmpeg:

rm -rf /usr/local/lib/libavutil.a /usr/local/lib/libavcodec.a /usr/local/lib/libavformat.a /usr/local/lib/pkgconfig/libavutil.a /usr/local/lib/pkgconfig/libavcodec.a /usr/local/lib/pkgconfig/libavformat.a
apk del ffmpeg

To uninstall other dependencies:

apk del grep sed curl fzf git aria2 alpine-sdk ncurses


  • grep
  • sed
  • curl
  • mpv - Video Player
  • iina - mpv replacement for MacOS
  • aria2c - Download manager
  • ffmpeg - m3u8 Downloader
  • fzf - User interface


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