dutree is a free open-source, fast command-line tool for analyzing disk usage, written in Rust programming language. It is developed from durep (disk usage reporter) and tree (list directory content in tree-like format) command line tools. dutree, therefore, reports disk usage in a tree-like format.


It displays coloured output, depending on values configured in the GNU LS_COLORS environment variable. This env variable enables for setting the colours of files based on extension, permissions as well as the file type.


dutree Features:

  • Show the file system tree.
  • Supports aggregating of small files.
  • Allows for comparing different directories.
  • Supports excluding of files or directories.


How to Install dutree in Linux Systems


To install dutree in Linux distributions, you must have rust programming language installed on your system as shown.

$ sudo curl https://sh.rustup.rs -sSf | sh


Once rust installed, you can run the following command to install strong>dutree in Linux distributions as shown.

$ cargo install --git https://github.com/nachoparker/dutree.git


After installing dutree, it uses environment colors according to the variable LS_COLORS, it has the same colors  ls --color command that our distro has configured.

$ ls --color


The simplest way of running dutree is without arguments, this way it shows a filesystem tree.

$ dutree


To display real disk usage instead of file size, use the -u flag.

$ dutree -u 


Show Directories in Depth


You can show directories up to a given depth (default 1), using the -d flag. The command below will show directories up to a depth of 3, under the current working directory.


For example if the current working directory (~/), then display size of ~/*/*/* as shown in the following sample screenshot.

$ dutree -d 3


Exclude Files or Directories in Output


To exclude matching a file or directory name, use the -x flag.

$ dutree -x CentOS-7.0-1406-x86_64-DVD.iso


You can also get a quick local overview by skipping directories, using the -f option, like so.

$ dutree -f


A full summary/overview can be generated using the -s flag as shown.

$ dutree -s


Aggregate Small Files


It is possible to aggregate files smaller than a certain size, default is 1M as shown.

$ dutree -a 


Exclude Hidden Files


The -H switch allows for excluding hidden files in the output.

$ dutree -H


The -b option is used to print sizes in bytes, instead of kilobytes (default).

$ dutree -b


To turn off colors, and only display ASCII characters, use the -A flag like so.

$ dutree -A


You can view the dutree help message using the -h option.

$ dutree -h

Usage: dutree [options]  [..]
    -d, --depth [DEPTH] show directories up to depth N (def 1)
    -a, --aggr [N[KMG]] aggregate smaller than N B/KiB/MiB/GiB (def 1M)
    -s, --summary       equivalent to -da, or -d1 -a1M
    -u, --usage         report real disk usage instead of file size
    -b, --bytes         print sizes in bytes
    -x, --exclude NAME  exclude matching files or directories
    -H, --no-hidden     exclude hidden files
    -A, --ascii         ASCII characters only, no colors
    -h, --help          show help
    -v, --version       print version number


dutree is a simple yet powerful command-line tool to show file size and analyze disk usage in tree-like format, on Linux systems.


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