Linux: View Directory as Tree

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you can view directory as a tree. It 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.