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What is the command that can be used to draw the directory tree inside the terminal emulator?

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You can use tree to print the directory tree in terminal. Install tree from terminal,

sudo apt-get install tree

To see the directory tree, use

tree /path/to/folder

Or navigate to a directory and just use


It has some advanced options too. You can see owner's username, groupname, date of last modification of a file/folder and so on using tree. It supports directory colors of ls so you can see colourized outputs.

See man tree for more.

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+1 Great option buddy –  Ask Mar 8 '14 at 9:14
If you wish to tree only directories use -d switch. –  souravc Mar 8 '14 at 9:21
clean and easy tool –  zhihong Feb 16 at 15:57

You can do it easily with the following command:

find . -type d | sed -e "s/[^-][^\/]*\//  |/g" -e "s/|\([^ ]\)/|-\1/"

This command will search recursively for directories inside the parent directory and then draw the tree of the founded directories.

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Please split and explain the above command for me. –  Avinash Raj Mar 8 '14 at 9:08
@AvinashRaj Buddy the overall of the command is clear if you wan to learn more about sed please refer to some tutorials or google it. It's really hard to explain all sed here! –  Ask Mar 8 '14 at 9:23

There is a program called "tree" which lists directory content in a tree structure. I think it's in the repositories (or even installed)

sudo apt-get install tree

tree -d /path/to/directory

Check this link for more:


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