A minimalist package manager for fish shell
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A minimalist package manager for fish inspired by Vundle.

All plugins are installed/updated using git, so the only requirement is to have git installed and on the path (and well, fish, obviously).

This package manager is compatible with oh-my-fish plugins. If you need the core functions of oh-my-fish, you can use the tuvistavie/oh-my-fish-core plugin.


You can use the installer:

curl -sfL https://git.io/fundle-install | fish

Or if you don't like to pipe to a shell, just drop fundle.fish in your ~/.config/fish/functions directory and you are done.

mkdir -p ~/.config/fish/functions
wget https://git.io/fundle -O ~/.config/fish/functions/fundle.fish

Automatic install

If you want to automatically install fundle when it is not present, you can add the following at the top of your ~/.config/fish/config.fish.

if not functions -q fundle; eval (curl -sfL https://git.io/fundle-install); end


fundle is available on the AUR, so you can install it system wide with

yaourt -S fundle-git


From fundle 0.2.0 and onwards, you can use fundle self-update to update fundle.


Sample config.fish

fundle plugin 'edc/bass'
fundle plugin 'oh-my-fish/plugin-php'
fundle plugin 'tuvistavie/fish-fastdir'
fundle plugin 'tuvistavie/fish-theme-afowler'

fundle init

This will source the four plugins listed and load all the functions and completions found.

After editing config.fish,

  1. Reload your shell (you can run exec fish for example)
  2. Run fundle install
  3. That's it!

In depth

To add a plugin, you simply need to add

fundle plugin 'repo_owner/repo_name'

somewhere in your configuration.

For example:

fundle plugin 'tuvistavie/fish-fastdir'

will install the repository at https://github.com/tuvistavie/fish-fastdir.

If you need to change the repository, you can pass it with --url and it will be passed directly to git clone:

fundle plugin 'tuvistavie/fish-fastdir' --url 'git@github.com:tuvistavie/fish-fastdir.git'

You can also use a branch, tag or any commit-ish by appending #commit-ish to the URL. For example:

fundle plugin 'tuvistavie/fish-fastdir' --url 'git@github.com:tuvistavie/fish-fastdir.git#my-branch'

will use my-branch. If no commit-ish is passed, it will default to master.

If the fish functions or completions are in a subdirectory of the repository, you can use --path to choose the path to load.

fundle plugin 'tmuxnator/tmuxinator' --path 'completion'

After having made all the calls to fundle plugin, you need to add

fundle init

in your configuration file for the plugins to be loaded.

IMPORTANT: When you add new plugins, you must restart your shell before running fundle install. The simplest way to do this is probably to run exec fish in the running shell.

You can then run

fundle install

for fundle to download them.

You can also use

fundle update

to update the plugins.


  • fundle init: Initialize fundle, loading all the available plugins
  • fundle install: Install all plugins
  • fundle update: Update all plugins (deprecates: fundle install -u)
  • fundle plugin PLUGIN [--url PLUGIN_URL] [--path PATH]: Add a plugin to fundle.
    • --url set the URL to clone the plugin.
    • --path set the plugin path (relative to the repository root)
  • fundle list [-s]: List the currently installed plugins, including dependencies (-s gives a shorter version)
  • fundle clean: Cleans unused plugins
  • fundle self-update: Updates fundle to the latest version
  • fundle version: Displays the current version of fundle
  • fundle help: Displays available commands

Completions are available in the completions/fundle.fish. Note that you will need to install fish-completion-helpers to use them.

Plugin structure

A plugin basically has the following structure.

├── completions
│   └── my_command.fish
├── functions
│   ├── __plugin_namespace_my_function.fish
│   └── my_public_function.fish
├── init.fish
└── README.md
  • init.fish will be sourced directly, so it should not do anything that takes too long to avoid slowing down the shell startup. It is a good place to put aliases, for example.
  • functions is the directory containing the plugin functions. This directory will be added to fish_function_path, and will therefore be auto loaded. I suggest you prefix your functions with __plugin_name if the user will not be using them explicitly.
  • completions is the directory containing the plugin completions. This directory will be added to fish_complete_path.

NOTE: if no init.fish file is found, all the files with a .fish extensions in the top directory of the plugin will be loaded. This is to make the plugins compatible with oh-my-fish plugins.

Managing dependencies

fundle can manage dependencies for you very easily. You just have to add

fundle plugin 'my/dependency'

in your plugin init.fish and fundle will automatically fetch and install the missing dependencies when installing the plugin.

I created a minimal example in fish-nvm, which depends on edc/bass.


Obviously, adding plugins makes the shell startup slower. It should usually be short enough, but if you feel your shell is becoming to slow, fundle has a very basic profiling mode to help you.

All you need to do is to change

fundle init


fundle init --profile

in your config.fish and fundle will print the time it took to load each plugin.


  • You will need the gdate command on OSX. You can install it with brew install coreutils.
  • This functionality simply uses the date command, so it prints the real time, not the CPU time, but it should usually be enough to detect if something is wrong.
  • When a plugin include dependencies, the load time for each dependency is added to the parent plugin load time.

Compatible plugins

Most oh-my-fish plugins should work out of the box or with tuvistavie/oh-my-fish-core installed.

Please feel free to edit the wiki and add your plugins, or plugins you know work with fundle.


Contributions are very appreciated. Please open an issue or create a PR if you want to contribute.

If you created a package compatible with fundle, feel free to add it to the Wiki.


I know that oh-my-fish has a utility to install packages, but I wanted the simplest tool possible, not a whole framework.


  • 2016-04-06 (v0.5.1): Fix fundle help to show clean command.
  • 2016-04-06 (v0.5.0): Add fundle clean. Deprecate fundle install -u and add fundle update thanks to @enricobacis.
  • 2015-12-22 (v0.4.0): Add --path option, thanks to @Perlence.
  • 2015-12-16 (v0.3.2): Fix profiling in OSX.
  • 2015-12-14 (v0.3.1): Fix incompatibility with oh-my-fish. Rename plugins to list.
  • 2015-12-14 (v0.3.0): Fix dependency load order. Add profiling mode.
  • 2015-12-14 (v0.2.2): Emit plugin initialization event
  • 2015-12-07 (v0.2.1): Use curl instead of wget for self-update
  • 2015-12-07 (v0.2.0): Add self-update command
  • 2015-12-07 (v0.1.0): Fix bug with dependency loading in fundle init
  • 2015-11-24: Allow the use of #commit-ish when using plugin repo. Checkout repository commit-ish instead of using master branch.