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Scotty uses full text search techniques to rapidly go to directories in your shell that you have visited previously. It is implemented in rust, because I wanted to learn the language, but also to minize any latency so that your shell remains snappy.



scotty can be installed in a few different ways. More will be added in the future if it gains any traction.

  1. Install the binary

    Using Cargo

    If you have a working rust toolchain installed, scotty can easily be installed using cargo.

    cargo install scotty

    Download from github

    Download the latest release from and extract it to a place on your path

  2. Add the init script to your shell's config file:


    Add the following to the end of your ~/.zshrc file

    source <(scotty init zsh)


    Add the following to the end of your ~/.bashrc file

    source <(scotty init bash)


The following projects have been an inspiration for various components in this project:

  • Autojump: Provides similar functionality, implemented in python
  • Starship: A shell prompt implemented in rust
  • Meilisearch: A full text search server implemented in rust
  • SublimeText Fuzzy Match: A reverse engineering of Sublime Text's fuzzy match on files and directories


All the code in this repository is released under the Mozilla Public License v2.0, for more information take a look at the LICENSE file.

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