cd - change directory




cd changes the current working directory.

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

If DIRECTORY is a relative path, all the paths in the CDPATH will be tried as prefixes for it, in addition to PWD. It is recommended to keep . as the first element of CDPATH, or PWD will be tried last.

Fish will also try to change directory if given a command that looks like a directory (starting with ., / or ~, or ending with /), without explicitly requiring cd.

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.

The --help or -h option displays help about using this command, and does not change the directory.


# 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