noice is a minimal file browser for those who don’t like to type
cd ... to reach a file, then open it; or one who doesn’t like to open a file browser and keep clicking to find and open a file. noice reduces the effort to pressing the arrow keys. Originally noice is written as a utility having minimal interactions with X. For example, image files are opened with
feh. Considering most people use X and love to use to GUI apps when it makes sense, I have forked a branch with some changes of my own.
For example, instead of opening unrecognized files with
less, it makes more sense to open files with
xdg-open on Ubuntu or
gnome-open in the Gnome environment. Let’s face it, when you select a file, you want it to be opened or played in the player of your choice. That’s what
xdg-open and its friends do for you.
In its current status, noice is mostly about fast navigation and opening files. So I made it more mime friendly by introducing the option to use
xdg-open and family. However, note that you can open the shell anytime within the current directory for advanced operations.
- Browse current or specified directory
- Navigate to parent or child directories
- Jump to first or last entry
- Open files with default-associated programs
- Jump to home directory
- Filter contents in current directory
- Show/hide hidden files
- Sort entries by time modified
- Spawn a shell in current directory
- Open a file with
You can find the original development of branch here.
- Case-insensitive alphabetic content listing instead of upper case first.
- File associations
- Environment variable
NOICE_OPENERto override all associations and open all files with your desktop environments default file opener. Examples:
export NOICE_OPENER=xdg-open export NOICE_OPENER=gnome-open export NOICE_OPENER=gvfs-open
All the following associations are ignored if
- Associate plain text files with vim (using
- Remove video file associations (to each his own favourite video player)
- Associate common audio file types with lightweight fmedia
- Associate PDF files with zathura
- Removed less
- Use environment variable
NOICE_FALLBACK_OPENERto open other non-associated files
- Environment variable
-O3for compilation, fixed warnings
- Added compilation flag
-march=native(compile only, no plans to package).
- Remove generated config.h on
To install my fork of noice, either clone the branch:
$ git clone https://github.com/jarun/noice
or download the latest zip package.
You must compile it on the machine you want to run it on. There are certain optimizations that wouldn’t work otherwise. I don’t have any plans to release any generic packages either. You need gcc and the development package of libncurses.
To compile and install noice, run:
$ make $ make install
Start with the man page for shortcuts:
$ man noice
As you’ll notice, you’ll need only the arrow keys for navigation and opening files. The current item is preceded by
Export any of the following environment variables to set a generic mime handler as you need:
To open the current directory in noice, run:
To open a directory in noice, run:
$ noice path_to_dir
To quit, press
q, to search for contents in the current directory matching a string, press
noice is extremely hackable, refer to the project readme on how to set your own custom file type associations.
On GitHub: noice