status - query fish runtime information


status is-login
status is-interactive
status is-block
status is-breakpoint
status is-command-substitution
status is-no-job-control
status is-full-job-control
status is-interactive-job-control
status current-command
status filename
status basename
status dirname
status fish-path
status function
status line-number
status stack-trace
status job-control CONTROL_TYPE
status features
status test-feature FEATURE


With no arguments, status displays a summary of the current login and job control status of the shell.

The following operations (sub-commands) are available:

  • is-command-substitution returns 0 if fish is currently executing a command substitution. Also -c or --is-command-substitution.

  • is-block returns 0 if fish is currently executing a block of code. Also -b or --is-block.

  • is-breakpoint returns 0 if fish is currently showing a prompt in the context of a breakpoint command. See also the fish_breakpoint_prompt function.

  • is-interactive returns 0 if fish is interactive - that is, connected to a keyboard. Also -i or --is-interactive.

  • is-login returns 0 if fish is a login shell - that is, if fish should perform login tasks such as setting up the PATH. Also -l or --is-login.

  • is-full-job-control returns 0 if full job control is enabled. Also --is-full-job-control (no short flag).

  • is-interactive-job-control returns 0 if interactive job control is enabled. Also, --is-interactive-job-control (no short flag).

  • is-no-job-control returns 0 if no job control is enabled. Also --is-no-job-control (no short flag).

  • current-command prints the name of the currently-running function or command, like the deprecated _ variable.

  • filename prints the filename of the currently running script. Also current-filename, -f or --current-filename. This depends on how the script was called - if it was called via a symlink, the symlink will be returned, and if the current script was received via source it will be -.

  • basename prints just the filename of the running script, without any path-components before.

  • dirname prints just the path to the running script, without the actual filename itself. This can be relative to $PWD (including just "."), depending on how the script was called. This is the same as passing the filename to dirname(3). It's useful if you want to use other files in the current script's directory or similar.

  • fish-path prints the absolute path to the currently executing instance of fish.

  • function prints the name of the currently called function if able, when missing displays "Not a function" (or equivalent translated string). Also current-function, -u or --current-function.

  • line-number prints the line number of the currently running script. Also current-line-number, -n or --current-line-number.

  • stack-trace prints a stack trace of all function calls on the call stack. Also print-stack-trace, -t or --print-stack-trace.

  • job-control CONTROL_TYPE sets the job control type, which can be none, full, or interactive. Also -j CONTROL_TYPE or --job-control CONTROL_TYPE.

  • features lists all available feature flags.

  • test-feature FEATURE returns 0 when FEATURE is enabled, 1 if it is disabled, and 2 if it is not recognized.


For backwards compatibility each subcommand can also be specified as a long or short option. For example, rather than status is-login you can type status --is-login. The flag forms are deprecated and may be removed in a future release (but not before fish 3.0).

You can only specify one subcommand per invocation even if you use the flag form of the subcommand.