#cli #parallel #disk #directory #default #fast #tool #disk-usage #disk-space

bin+lib dua-cli

A tool to conveniently learn about the disk usage of directories, fast!

19 stable releases

✓ Uses Rust 2018 edition

2.1.11 Jul 26, 2019
2.1.10 Jul 25, 2019
2.1.3 Jun 16, 2019
1.2.2 Jun 5, 2019
Download history 184/week @ 2019-05-30 102/week @ 2019-06-06 399/week @ 2019-06-13 105/week @ 2019-06-20 279/week @ 2019-06-27 169/week @ 2019-07-04 98/week @ 2019-07-11 95/week @ 2019-07-18

483 downloads per month

MIT license


dua (-> Disk Usage Analyzer) is a tool to conveniently learn about the usage of disk space of a given directory. It's parallel by default and will max out your SSD, providing relevant information as fast as possible.




Via cargo, which can be obtained using rustup

cargo install dua-cli


Via xbps on your VoidLinux system.

xbps-install dua-cli


# count the space used in the current working directory
# count the space used in all directories that are not hidden
dua *
# learn about additional functionality
dua aggregate --help

Interactive Mode

Launch into interactive mode with the i or interactive subcommand. Get help on keyboard shortcuts with ?. Use this mode to explore, and/or to delete files and directories to release disk space.

Please note that great care has been taken to prevent accidential deletions due to a multi-stage process, which makes this mode viable for exploration.

dua i
dua interactive


🚧v2.2 - Various features and fixes as they come up while people are using it

Other Features
  • Evaluate unit coloring - can we highlight different units better, make them stick out?

✅ v2.1.11 - Finally fix symlink handling

dua will not follow symbolic links when deleting directories. Thank a ton, @vks!

Technical Notes: Handling symbolic links properly is impossible without usage of symlink_metadata().

✅ v2.1.10 - compatibility with light terminals

  • the TUI is now usable on light terminals, and highlighting is more consistent. Thank you, @vks!
  • Fixes misaligned columns when displaying '100.00%' alongside other rows by displaying 100.0% instead. Thanks, @vks, for pointing it out.

✅ v2.1.9 - improved handling of broken symlinks

  • during symlink deletion, now broken symlinks will be deleted as expected.
  • always return to the previous terminal screen so the TUI doesn't stick to the current one.
  • display broken symlinks on the first level of iteration.

✅ v2.1.8 - don't follow symbolic links when deleting directories

A critical bug was discovered which would lead to deletion of unwanted directories as dua would follow symbolic links during traversal during deletion.

Please note that symbolic links to files would be treated correctly, only removing the symbolic link.

This is now fixed.

✅ v2.1.7 - use latest version of open-rs

That way, pressing shift + O to open the currently selected file won't possibly spam the terminal with messages caused by the program used to find the system program to open the file.

Fixes #14

✅ v2.1.5 - re-release with Cargo.lock

✅ v2.1.2 bug fixes and improvements

  • Performance fix when showing folders with large amounts of files
  • Display of amount of entries per directory

✅ v2.1.1 bug fixes and improvements

  • Better information about deletion progress
  • removal of windows support

✅ v2.1.0- bug fixes and improvements

  • windows support (never actually worked), usage of crossterm is difficult thanks to completely different input handling.
  • additional key-bindings
  • auto-restore previous selection in each visited directory

✅ v2.0.1- bug fixes and improvements

  • fix typo in title
  • better display of IO-Errors in aggregate mode

✅ v2.0.0 - interactive visualization of directory sizes with an option to queue their deletion

A sub-command bringing up a terminal user interface to allow drilling into directories, and clearing them out, all using the keyboard exclusively.

Other Features
  • Single Unit Mode, see reddit

✅v1.2 (released) - - the first usable, read-only interactive terminal user interface

That's that. We also use tui-react, something that makes it much more pleasant to handle the application and GUI state.

✅v1.0 (released) - aggregate directories, fast

Simple CLI to list top-level directories similar to sn-sort, but faster and more tailored to getting an idea of where most space is used.


Run tests

make tests

Learn about other targets



Thanks to jwalk, all there was left to do is to write a command-line interface. As jwalk matures, dua should benefit instantly.


  • Interactive mode only looks good in dark terminals (see this issue)
  • Hard links are not understood, thus hard-linked files will possibly be counted multiple times.
  • Symlinks are followed and we obtain the logical size of the file they point to. Ideally, we only count their actual size.
  • logical filesize is used instead of computed or estimating actual size on disk.
  • easy fix: file names in main window are not truncated if too large. They are cut off on the right.
  • There are plenty of examples in tests/fixtures which don't render correctly in interactive mode. This can be due to graphemes not interpreted correctly. With Chinese characters for instance, column sizes are not correctly computed, leading to certain columns not being shown. In other cases, the terminal gets things wrong - I use alacritty, and with certain characaters it performs worse than, say iTerm3. See https://github.com/minimaxir/big-list-of-naughty-strings/blob/master/blns.txt for the source.
  • One cannot abort the filesystem traversal
  • as we are in raw terminal mode, signals will not be sent to us. As as we are single-threaded in the GUI, we can not listen to input events while traversing the filesystem. This can be solved, of course, and I would love the solution to use async :).
  • In interactive mode, you will need about 60MB of memory for 1 million entries in the graph.
  • In interactive mode, the maximum amount of files is limited to 2^32 - 1 (u32::max_value() - 1) entries.
    • One node is used as to 'virtual' root
    • The actual amount of nodes stored might be lower, as there might be more edges than nodes, which are also limited by a u32 (I guess)
    • The limitation is imposed by the underlying petgraph crate, which declares it as unsafe to use u64 for instance.
    • It's possibly UB when that limit is reached, however, it was never observed either.
  • Dedication to termion
    • we use termion exlusively, and even though tui supports multiple backends, we only support its termion backend. Reason: tui is only used for parts of the program, and in all other parts termion is used for coloring the output. Thus we wouldn't support changing to a different backend anyway unless everything is done with TUI, which is really not what it is made for.


~100K SLoC