cd - change directory




cd changes the current working directory.

If DIRECTORY is supplied, it will become the new directory. If no parameter is given, the contents of the HOME environment variable will be used.

If DIRECTORY is a relative path, the paths found in the CDPATH list will be tried as prefixes for the specified path, in addition to $PWD.

Note that the shell will attempt to change directory without requiring cd if the name of a directory is provided (starting with ., / or ~, or ending with /).

Fish also ships a wrapper function around the builtin cd that understands cd - as changing to the previous directory. See also prevd. This wrapper function maintains a history of the 25 most recently visited directories in the $dirprev and $dirnext global variables. If you make those universal variables your cd history is shared among all fish instances.

As a special case, cd . is equivalent to cd $PWD, which is useful in cases where a mountpoint has been recycled or a directory has been removed and recreated.


# changes the working directory to your home directory.

cd /usr/src/fish-shell
# changes the working directory to /usr/src/fish-shell

See Also

Navigate directories using the directory history or the directory stack