autojump(1) a faster way to navigate your filesystem


autojump is a faster way to navigate your filesystem. It works by maintaining a database of the directories you use the most from the command line.

autojump must be loaded before it can be used.

Directories must be visited first before they can be jumped to.


j is a convenience wrapper function around autojump. Any option that can be used with autojump can be used with j and vice versa.

Load autojump
. /usr/share/autojump/
Jump To A Directory That Contains foo:
j foo
Jump To A Child Directory:

Sometimes it's convenient to jump to a child directory (sub-directory of current directory) rather than typing out the full name.

jc bar
Open File Manager To Directories (instead of jumping):

Instead of jumping to a directory, you can open a file explorer window (Mac Finder, Windows Explorer, GNOME Nautilus, etc.)
 to the directory instead.

jo music

Opening a file manager to a child directory is also supported:

jco images
Using Multiple Arguments:

Let's assume the following database:

30   /home/user/mail/inbox
10   /home/user/work/inbox

j in would jump into /home/user/mail/inbox as the higher weighted entry. However you can pass multiple arguments to autojump to prefer a different entry. In the above example, j w in would then change directory to /home/user/work/inbox.

For more options refer to help:

autojump --help


autojump does not support directories that begin with -.
For bash users, autojump keeps track of directories by modifying $PROMPT_COMMAND. Do not overwrite $PROMPT_COMMAND:
export PROMPT_COMMAND="history -a"

Instead append to the end of the existing $PROMPT_COMMAND:



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autojump was originally written by Joël Schaerer, and currently maintained by William Ting. More contributors can be found in AUTHORS.


Copyright © 2012 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>. This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.