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A smarter cd command


zoxide is a blazing fast replacement for your cd command, inspired by z and z.lua. It keeps track of the directories you use most frequently, and uses a ranking algorithm to navigate to the best match.



z foo        # cd into highest ranked directory matching foo
z foo bar    # cd into highest ranked directory matching foo and bar

z ~/foo      # z also works like a regular cd command
z foo/       # cd into relative path
z ..         # cd one level up
z -          # cd into previous directory

zi foo       # cd with interactive selection (using fzf)

Read more about the matching algorithm here.

Getting started

Step 1: Install zoxide

zoxide works across all major platforms. If your distribution isn't included in the list below, you can download the binary from the Releases page and copy it to your $PATH.

On Linux

Distribution Repository Instructions
Any crates.io cargo install zoxide
Any Linuxbrew brew install zoxide
Alpine Linux 3.13+ Alpine Linux Packages apk add zoxide
Arch Linux AUR yay -Sy zoxide-bin
CentOS 7+ Copr dnf copr enable atim/zoxide
dnf install zoxide
Debian Testing Debian Packages apt install zoxide
Devuan 4.0+ Devuan Packages apt install zoxide
Fedora 32+ Fedora Packages dnf install zoxide
NixOS nixpkgs nix-env -iA nixpkgs.zoxide
Parrot OS apt install zoxide
Ubuntu 21.04+ Ubuntu Packages apt install zoxide
Void Linux Void Linux Packages xbps-install -S zoxide

On macOS

Repository Instructions
crates.io cargo install zoxide
Homebrew brew install zoxide
MacPorts port install zoxide

On Windows

Repository Instructions
crates.io cargo install zoxide
Scoop scoop install zoxide


Distribution Repository Instructions
Any crates.io cargo install zoxide
DragonFly BSD DPorts pkg install zoxide
FreeBSD FreshPorts pkg install zoxide
NetBSD pkgsrc pkgin install zoxide

On Android

Repository Instructions
Termux pkg install zoxide

Step 2: Install fzf (optional)

fzf is a command-line fuzzy finder, used by zoxide for interactive selection. Installation instructions can be found here.

Step 3: Add zoxide to your shell

If you currently use z, z.lua, or zsh-z, you may want to first import your existing entries into zoxide:

zoxide import --from z path/to/db

Alternatively, for autojump (note that scores are not imported):

zoxide import --from autojump path/to/db


Add this to your configuration (usually ~/.bashrc):

eval "$(zoxide init bash)"


Add this to your configuration (usually ~/.elvish/rc.elv):

eval $(zoxide init elvish | slurp)


Add this to your configuration (usually ~/.config/fish/config.fish):

zoxide init fish | source


Initialize zoxide's Nushell script:

zoxide init nushell --hook prompt | save ~/.zoxide.nu

Add this to your configuration (usually ~/.config/nu/config.toml):

prompt = "__zoxide_hook;__zoxide_prompt"
startup = ["zoxide init nushell --hook prompt | save ~/.zoxide.nu", "source ~/.zoxide.nu"]

You can replace __zoxide_prompt with a custom prompt.


Add this to your configuration (the location is stored in $profile):

Invoke-Expression (& {
    $hook = if ($PSVersionTable.PSVersion.Major -lt 6) { 'prompt' } else { 'pwd' }
    (zoxide init --hook $hook powershell) -join "`n"


Add this to your configuration (usually ~/.xonshrc):

execx($(zoxide init xonsh), 'exec', __xonsh__.ctx, filename='zoxide')


Add this to your configuration (usually ~/.zshrc):

eval "$(zoxide init zsh)"

Any POSIX shell

Add this to your configuration:

eval "$(zoxide init posix --hook prompt)"


init flags

  • --cmd: changes the prefix of predefined aliases (z, zi).
    • e.g. --cmd j would change the aliases to j and ji respectively.
  • --hook <HOOK>: change how often zoxide increments a directory's score:
    • none: never automatically add directories to zoxide.
    • prompt: add the current directory to zoxide at every shell prompt.
    • pwd: whenever the user changes directories, add the new directory to zoxide.
  • --no-aliases: don't define extra aliases (z, zi).
    • These functions will still be available in your shell as __zoxide_z and __zoxide_zi, should you choose to use them elsewhere.

Environment variables

Be sure to set these before calling zoxide init.

    • Specifies the directory in which zoxide should store its database.
    • The default value varies across OSes: | OS | Path | Example | | ----------- | ---------------------------------------- | ------------------------------------------ | | Linux / BSD | $XDG_DATA_HOME or $HOME/.local/share | /home/alice/.local/share | | macOS | $HOME/Library/Application Support | /Users/Alice/Library/Application Support | | Windows | {FOLDERID_RoamingAppData} | C:\Users\Alice\AppData\Roaming |
  • _ZO_ECHO
    • When set to 1, z will print the matched directory before navigating to it.
    • Excludes the specified directories from the database.
    • This is provided as a list of globs, separated by OS-specific characters: | OS | Separator | Example | | ------------------- | --------- | ----------------------- | | Linux / macOS / BSD | : | $HOME:$HOME/private/* | | Windows | ; | $HOME;$HOME/private/* |
    • By default, this is set to "$HOME".
    • Custom options to pass to fzf. See man fzf for the list of options.
    • Configures the aging algorithm, which limits the maximum number of entries in the database.
    • By default, this is set to 10000.
    • When set to 1, z will resolve symlinks before adding directories to the database.

Third-party integrations


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