fish - the friendly interactive shell¶
fish [OPTIONS] [FILE [ARG ...]] fish [OPTIONS] [-c COMMAND [ARG ...]]
fish is a command-line shell written mainly with interactive use in mind.
This page briefly describes the options for invoking fish.
The full manual is available in HTML by using the help command from inside fish, and in the fish-doc(1) man page.
The tutorial is available as HTML via
help tutorial or in man fish-tutorial.
The following options are available:
- -c or --command=COMMAND
Evaluate the specified commands instead of reading from the commandline, passing additional positional arguments through
- -C or --init-command=COMMANDS
Evaluate specified commands after reading the configuration but before executing command specified by -c or reading interactive input.
- -d or --debug=DEBUG_CATEGORIES
Enables debug output and specify a pattern for matching debug categories. See Debugging below for details.
- -o or --debug-output=DEBUG_FILE
Specifies a file path to receive the debug output, including categories and
fish_trace. The default is stderr.
- -i or --interactive
The shell is interactive.
- -l or --login
Act as if invoked as a login shell.
- -N or --no-config
Do not read configuration files.
- -n or --no-execute
Do not execute any commands, only perform syntax checking.
- -p or --profile=PROFILE_FILE
when fish exits, output timing information on all executed commands to the specified file. This excludes time spent starting up and reading the configuration.
Will write timing for
fishstartup to specified file.
- -P or --private
Enables private mode: fish will not access old or store new history.
When fish exits, output stats from getrusage.
Print all debug categories, and then exit.
- -v or --version
Print version and exit.
- -f or --features=FEATURES
Enables one or more comma-separated feature flags.
fish exit status is generally the exit status of the last foreground command.
While fish provides extensive support for debugging fish scripts, it is also possible to debug and instrument its internals. Debugging can be enabled by passing the --debug option. For example, the following command turns on debugging for background IO thread events, in addition to the default categories, i.e. debug, error, warning, and warning-path:
> fish --debug=iothread
Available categories are listed by
fish --print-debug-categories. The --debug option accepts a comma-separated list of categories, and supports glob syntax.
The following command turns on debugging for complete, history, history-file, and profile-history, as well as the default categories:
> fish --debug='complete,*history*'
Debug messages output to stderr by default. Note that if
fish_trace is set, execution tracing also outputs to stderr by default. You can output to a file using the --debug-output option:
> fish --debug='complete,*history*' --debug-output=/tmp/fish.log --init-command='set fish_trace on'
These options can also be changed via the
The categories enabled via --debug are added to the ones enabled by $FISH_DEBUG, so they can be disabled by prefixing them with - (reader-*,-ast* enables reader debugging and disables ast debugging).
The file given in --debug-output takes precedence over the file in