autojump man page


autojump - a faster way to navigate your filesystem


autojump is a faster way to navigate your filesystem. It works by maintaining a database of the directories you use the most from the command line.

Directories must be visited first before they can be jumped to.


j is a convenience wrapper function around autojump. Any option that can be used with autojump can be used with j and vice versa.


Jump To A Directory That Contains foo:

j foo

Jump To A Child Directory:

Sometimes it's convenient to jump to a child directory (sub-directory of current directory) rather than typing out the full name.

jc bar

Open File Manager To Directories (instead of jumping):

Instead of jumping to a directory, you can open a file explorer window (Mac Finder, Windows Explorer, GNOME Nautilus, etc.)
to the directory instead.

jo music

Opening a file manager to a child directory is also supported:

jco images

Using Multiple Arguments:

Let's assume the following database:

30   /home/user/mail/inbox
10   /home/user/work/inbox

j in would jump into /home/user/mail/inbox as the higher weighted entry. However you can pass multiple arguments to autojump to prefer a different entry. In the above example, j w in would then change directory to /home/user/work/inbox.

For more options refer to help:

autojump --help


autojump does not support directories that begin with -.

For bash users, autojump keeps track of directories by modifying $PROMPT_COMMAND. Do not overwrite $PROMPT_COMMAND:

export PROMPT_COMMAND="history -a"

Instead append to the end of the existing $PROMPT_COMMAND:



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autojump was originally written by Joël Schaerer, and currently maintained by William Ting. More contributors can be found in AUTHORS.


Copyright © 2012 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>. This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.


release-v22 10 April 2012