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User-friendly interactive shell

fish (friendly interactive shell) is a shell focused on interactive use, discoverability, and friendliness.

fish has very user-friendly and powerful tab-completion, including descriptions of every completion, completion of strings with wildcards, and many completions for specific commands. It also has extensive and discoverable help. A special help command gives access to all the fish documentation in your Web browser. Other features include smart terminal handling based on terminfo, an easy to search, no duplicates history, and syntax highlighting.


* User documentation:


Download version 2.1.0 (stable)
released on 26 September 2014

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Related Projects


LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2Deborah Nicholson25 January 2008
LGPLDeborah Nicholson25 January 2008
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Leaders and contributors

ridiculousfish Maintainer

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Support Mailing List
Issues Bug Tracking

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to build g++ / clang
Required to build autoconf
Required to build curses / ncurses
Weak prerequisite gettext
Weak prerequisite Doxygen

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 31 October 2014.


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