Magical shell history

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magical shell history


exit code, duration, time and command shown

Atuin replaces your existing shell history with a SQLite database, and records additional context for your commands. Additionally, it provides optional and fully encrypted synchronisation of your history between machines, via an Atuin server.

As well as the search UI, it can do things like this:

# search for all successful `make` commands, recorded after 3pm yesterday
atuin search --exit 0 --after "yesterday 3pm" make

You may use either the server I host, or host your own! Or just don't use sync at all. As all history sync is encrypted, I couldn't access your data even if I wanted to. And I really don't want to.


  • rebind up and ctrl-r with a full screen history search UI
  • store shell history in a sqlite database
  • backup and sync encrypted shell history
  • the same history across terminals, across sessions, and across machines
  • log exit code, cwd, hostname, session, command duration, etc
  • calculate statistics such as "most used command"
  • old history file is not replaced
  • quick-jump to previous items with Alt-\


Supported Shells

  • zsh
  • bash
  • fish


With the default sync server

This will sign you up for the default sync server, hosted by me. Everything is end-to-end encrypted, so your secrets are safe!

Read more below for offline-only usage, or for hosting your own server.

bash <(curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/ellie/atuin/main/install.sh)

atuin register -u <USERNAME> -e <EMAIL> -p <PASSWORD>
atuin import auto
atuin sync

Offline only (no sync)

bash <(curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/ellie/atuin/main/install.sh)

atuin import auto


Script (recommended)

The install script will help you through the setup, ensuring your shell is properly configured. It will also use one of the below methods, preferring the system package manager where possible (pacman, homebrew, etc etc).

# do not run this as root, root will be asked for if required
bash <(curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/ellie/atuin/main/install.sh)

With cargo

It's best to use rustup to get setup with a Rust toolchain, then you can run:

cargo install atuin


brew install atuin


Atuin is available in the Arch Linux community repository:

pacman -S atuin

From source

git clone https://github.com/ellie/atuin.git
cd atuin
cargo install --path .

Shell plugin

Once the binary is installed, the shell plugin requires installing. If you use the install script, this should all be done for you!


echo 'eval "$(atuin init zsh)"' >> ~/.zshrc

Or using a plugin manager:

zinit load ellie/atuin


We need to setup some hooks, so first install bash-preexec:

curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/rcaloras/bash-preexec/master/bash-preexec.sh -o ~/.bash-preexec.sh
echo '[[ -f ~/.bash-preexec.sh ]] && source ~/.bash-preexec.sh' >> ~/.bashrc

Then setup Atuin

echo 'eval "$(atuin init bash)"' >> ~/.bashrc



atuin init fish | source

to your is-interactive block in your ~/.config/fish/config.fish file

…what's with the name?

Atuin is named after "The Great A'Tuin", a giant turtle from Terry Pratchett's Discworld series of books.