​fish is a non-POSIX commplient shell which I find to be really good for day to day use.

Managing fish plugins

  • fisher - plugin manager

Miscellaneous tips

  • Directory variables
    # Useful directories
    set -x Dropbox $HOME/Dropbox
    set -x Projects $Dropbox/Projects
    This makes it pretty easy to run commands regardless of the current working directory. Example, to search for all files with __main__ in projects directory,
    rg '__main__' $Projects
  • Alt+Back - to go back in directory history and Alt+Right to forward.
  • Alt+v - to edit command with shell's default editor. This is looked up via the $EDITOR environment variable.
  • Alt+f, Alt+b - to go forward adn backward in currently editing command. These are Emacs readline keys which fish prompt support out of the box.

Useful functions

  • Run in directory
    # Mnemonic - Run in Directory
    function rd --description "run given commands in directory without changing current directory"
    set dir $argv[1]
    set --erase argv[1]
    if test -n "$dir"
    # Run in a sub shell so that we do not change directory stack
    fish -c "
    pushd $dir
    eval $argv
    This is pretty useful to run a command in a different directory from the one you are currently working in. For example, I use this frequently to check the git status of the notes directory with - rd $Notes git status, where $Notes is a directory alias to the Notes directory. Since the subcommands run in a fish shell, you can use usual conviniences such a abbreviations and aliases. Thus above command can be shortened to, rd $Notes gs in my configuration.
  • Create directory and cd into it,
    # From -
    function mkcd --argument-names 'path'
    if test -n "$path"
    mkdir -p -- "$path"; and cd "$path"
  • Find out the ID of the running container for given search term
    function container-id
    set search $argv[1]
    set --erase argv[1]
    if test -n "$search"
    docker ps | grep "$search" | cut -f1 -d' '
    Usage example: To find out currently running Postgres instance - container-id postgres.