A fast, lightweight, and concurrent plugin manager for the fish shell, written in Haskell
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A plugin manager for fish.


  • (supposed to be) Fast. Compiled to the native machine code. Parallel installation/upgrade of plugins.
  • Minimally invasive to your config.fish: Adding one line is sufficient.
  • Minimum overhead to the fish shell itself. The amount of fish script to be loaded for chips to work is extremely little.
  • Minimum installation cost: No dependency except git and curl. chips is a single statically-compiled binary executable file.
  • Uninstallation is easy: Remove chips, ~/.config/chips, and the line in config.fish, and you're clean as if you never installed chips at all.


Current version: chips 1.1.2 (2017-01-16)

GNU/Linux (x64)

Assuming ~/.local/bin is in your $PATH:

curl -Lo ~/.local/bin/chips --create-dirs \
    https://github.com/xtendo-org/chips/releases/download/1.1.2/chips_gnulinux \
    ; and chmod +x ~/.local/bin/chips

OS X (or macOS)

Assuming ~/.local/bin is in your $PATH:

curl -Lo ~/.local/bin/chips --create-dirs \
    https://github.com/xtendo-org/chips/releases/download/1.1.2/chips_osx \
    ; and chmod +x ~/.local/bin/chips

Installation the hard way: Build from source

Use Stack.

git clone --depth=1 https://github.com/xtendo-org/chips
cd chips
stack install


  1. Run chips. This will create ~/.config/chips/plugin.yaml with the default template.
  2. Edit plugin.yaml to include your desired plugins. For example, consider fish-sensible or shellder.
  3. Run chips; exec fish.

After this, any time you make changes to plugin.yaml or want to update plugins, run chips again.

Supported features

  • Sourcing init.fish of plugins
  • Installing themes: Plugins that contain fish_prompt.fish or fish_right_prompt.fish
  • functions provided by plugins

To do

  • Completely purging unused plugins
  • Files under completions

Officially recommended plugins


This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see https://www.gnu.org/licenses/.


Why not fisherman?

chips is not written by someone who abuses DMCA takedown to bully other free software projects. In fact, OMF getting shot down was the first motivation to write chips.