Linux: View Directory as Tree

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

The command tree prints a dir in a visual tree format, similar to pstree for processes.

to install:

sudo apt-get install tree

For example, here's a tree view of /etc/X11 dir.

linux tree x11 dir screenshot 2013-05-24
screenshot of Linux 「tree」 command.

Tree view is useful, for example:

Useful Options

Here's some of the most useful options.

See man tree for more options.

Another useful command is du. See: Linux: Show Directory Size: du.

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Linux Shell Basics

  1. Get System Info
  2. Shell Basics
  3. grep, cat, awk, uniq
  4. sort
  5. find, xargs
  6. diff Files/Dir
  7. dir size: du
  8. dir tree
  9. tar gzip bzip2 xz 7zip rar zip
  10. wget, curl
  11. rsync
  12. Install Packages

Sys Admin

  1. Job Control
  2. ps
  3. top
  4. htop
  5. RAM stat
  6. Users and Groups
  7. File Permission
  8. Opened Files: lsof
  9. shutdown, sleep

Bash/Terminal

  1. Bash/Terminal Keys
  2. Man Page Keys
  3. Bash Prompt Setup
  4. Bash Color Prompt
  5. .bashrc, .profile, .bash_profile
  6. Virtual Console
  7. Terminal Control Sequence Keys
  8. Ctrl+s Freeze vim
  9. Reset Terminal
  10. tmux
  11. Bash Manual in Chapters
  12. Bash Misc Tips
  13. Log Terminal Session

Linux Desktop

  1. Useful GUI App Names
  2. Set Default App
  3. Commands for GUI Apps
  4. Image Viewers
  5. Music Players
  6. Move to Trash Command
  7. X11 Selection and Clipboard
  8. Switch to LXDE/Xfce
  9. LXDE Keys
  10. LXDE/Openbox, Change Keys
  11. LXDE Set Key Repeat Rate
  12. LXDE/OpenBox, Disable Mouse Scroll Wheel Hide Window
  13. Xfce Keys
  14. Xfce Good Themes
  15. xmonad Keybinding
  16. How to Restart X11
  17. Why Tiling Window Manager Sucks
  18. Standard Fonts
  19. How to Install Font