nnn: much more intuitive CLI file management


nnn It is not a new program, but maybe you did not know it, since it is not talked about too much. Despite that, it is a very practical tool for administrators and users who work a lot with the command console, especially when browsing through files. Something that common commands do, but perhaps not in the most intuitive and comfortable way possible ...

With nnn you will have a very light, fast program with which to work browsing through the files. With it you will also have an analyzer of the use of your storage unit, app indicator, with the ability to rename files in batches, and many more functions super practical ...

As a move through directories using the mouse although you are in the terminal, read the files with default programs, etc. It also has several modes to choose from, such as detail mode, disk usage analyzer, or file selector. Supports sorting results by name, modified date, size, searching for files using certain filters, etc.

The name of nnn comes from Noice is Not Noice, one of those recursive acronyms so popular in some projects. Also, this file manager for CLI is available for various platforms, such as GNU / Linux, macOS, BSD, Cygwin, and WSL for Windows 10, and on Android with Termux.

It is written in C using the famous curses library and is distributed under a BSD license. If you want to install it, it is in the repos of most known records. You will only have to use the application manager of your distro for it. For example, for Debian and Ubuntu (and derivatives) you would only have to execute the following command:

sudo apt-get install nnn

Once installed you can start using it to make your life easier. More information:

man nnn

By the way, in case you didn't know it either, you should know that it also existsfff, another "brother" of nnn. Its acronyms belong to Fucking Fast File ManagerI mean, a damn fast file manager ...

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  1.   Manual said

    Interesting software thanks for the tip, I'll test it on my Linux distro.