Alternative command for coloured viewing the size of all files and folders

Is there a nice alternative for this? I always use

du -shc *

to check the size of all files and folders in the current directory. But it would be nice to have a colored and nicely formatted view (for example like dfc for viewing the sizes of partitions).

Asked By: rubo77


I see the below information from here.

cdu (for Color du) is a perl script which call du and display a pretty
histogram with optional colors which allow to imediatly see the
directories which take disk space.

With no arguments, cdu reports the disk space for all subdirectories
of the current directory. With only one directory argument, cdu
reports the disk space for all subdirectories of the given directory.
You can also call du with no predefined options. For more
documentation about available options, see the manpage below.

Answered By: Ramesh

This is not coloured, but also really nicely ordered by size and visualized:

ncdu – NCurses Disk Usage

apt-get install ncdu

ncdu [options] dir

ncdu (NCurses Disk Usage) is a curses-based version of the well-known ‘du’, and provides a fast way to see
what directories are using your disk space.

Output looks like this:

ncdu 1.10 ~ Use the arrow keys to navigate, press ? for help                       
--- /var/www/freifunk -------------------------------------------------------------
  470,7MiB [##########] /firmware                                                  
  240,8MiB [#####     ] /ffki-firmware
  157,9MiB [###       ] /gluon-alfred-vis
  102,6MiB [##        ]  chaosradio_162.mp3
  100,2MiB [##        ] /ffki-startseite
   99,6MiB [##        ] /ffki-startseite-origin
   72,3MiB [#         ] /startseite
   66,2MiB [#         ] /metameute-startseite
   35,2MiB [          ] /startseite_site
   11,9MiB [          ] /jungebuehne

ncdu is nice, cause you can install it via apt on debian. Only colors would be cool and an export function that does not use the whole screen.

gt5 – a diff-capable ‘du-browser’

gt5 looks quite the same, and there are some colors, but they have no meaning (only all files and folders are green). gt5 is also available via apt:

sudo apt-get install gt5
Answered By: rubo77

Thanks to Ramesh for the cdu link

I’ve created an oneliner to run cdu without installing it:

export CDUVER=$(curl -s | grep -Po '(?<=cdu-)d+.d+' | head -1); curl -s$CDUVER.tar.gz | gunzip | tar x -O cdu-$CDUVER/ | perl


  • curl -s | grep -Po '(?<=cdu-)d+.d+' | head -1

returns current cdu version from the official website

  • export CDUVER=$(curl -s | grep -Po '(?<=cdu-)d+.d+' | head -1); curl -s$CDUVER.tar.gz | gunzip | tar x -O cdu-$CDUVER/ | perl

declares an actual cdu version in CDUVER variable

  • curl -s$CDUVER.tar.gz

downloads tar.gz package from the official website

  • curl -s$CDUVER.tar.gz | gunzip | tar x -O cdu-$CDUVER/

extracts only to stdout to send it to perl

  • curl -s$CDUVER.tar.gz | gunzip | tar x -O cdu-$CDUVER/ | perl

runs extracted script with perl

Answered By: Yasen



  • User-friendly, colorful output
  • Adjusts to your terminal’s width
  • Sort the results according to your needs
  • Groups & filters devices
  • Can conveniently output JSON



  • Arch Linux: duf
  • macOS:
    • with Homebrew: brew install muesli/homebrew-tap/duf
    • with MacPorts: sudo port selfupdate && sudo port install duf
  • Nix: nix-env -iA nixpkgs.duf
  • Packages in Debian & RPM formats


Answered By: Vahid Nameni


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tl;dr Similar interface and functionality with ncdu, but much faster.

Gdu is a pretty fast disk usage analyzer written in Go. Gdu is intended primarily for SSD disks where it can fully utilize parallel processing. However HDDs work as well, but the performance gain is not so huge.

There are static linked binaries for all major operating systems and packages for ArchLinux, Debian, RedHat/Fedora, Mac OSX (brew) available as well.

Answered By: Daniel Milde
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