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'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 guide available in HTML format from


Download version 1.23.0 (stable)
released on 13 January 2008


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Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to build curses *or* ncurses
Required to build Doxygen

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 25 January 2008.


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