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 current-commandline
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 (subcommands) are available:

is-command-substitution, -c or --is-command-substitution

Returns 0 if fish is currently executing a command substitution.

is-block, -b or --is-block

Returns 0 if fish is currently executing a block of code.


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, -i or --is-interactive

Returns 0 if fish is interactive - that is, connected to a keyboard.

is-login, -l or --is-login

Returns 0 if fish is a login shell - that is, if fish should perform login tasks such as setting up PATH.

is-full-job-control or --is-full-job-control

Returns 0 if full job control is enabled.

is-interactive-job-control or --is-interactive-job-control

Returns 0 if interactive job control is enabled.

is-no-job-control or --is-no-job-control

Returns 0 if no job control is enabled.


Prints the name of the currently-running function or command, like the deprecated _ variable.


Prints the entirety of the currently-running commandline, inclusive of all jobs and operators.

filename, current-filename, -f or --current-filename

Prints the filename of the currently-running script. If the current script was called via a symlink, this will return the symlink. If the current script was received by piping into source, then this will return -.


Prints just the filename of the running script, without any path components before.


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.


Prints the absolute path to the currently executing instance of fish. This is a best-effort attempt and the exact output is down to what the platform gives fish. In some cases you might only get “fish”.

function or current-function

Prints the name of the currently called function if able, when missing displays “Not a function” (or equivalent translated string).

line-number, current-line-number, -n or --current-line-number

Prints the line number of the currently running script.

stack-trace, print-stack-trace, -t or --print-stack-trace

Prints a stack trace of all function calls on the call stack.

job-control, -j or --job-control CONTROL_TYPE

Sets the job control type to CONTROL_TYPE, which can be none, full, or interactive.


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 most subcommands 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 4.0).

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