Atuin replaces your existing shell history with a SQLite database

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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


exit code, duration, time and command shown

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 ctrl-r and up (configurable) to 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-
  • switch filter modes via ctrl-r; search history just from the current session, directory, or globally


Supported Shells

  • zsh
  • bash
  • fish
  • nushell


Atuin has a community Discord, available here

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.

Then restart your shell!

Opt-in to activity graph

Alongside the hosted Atuin server, there is also a service which generates activity graphs for your shell history! These are inspired by the GitHub graph.

For example, here is mine:

Activity Graph Example

If you wish to get your own, after signing up for the sync server, run this

curl -d $(cat ~/.local/share/atuin/session)

The response includes the URL to your graph. Feel free to share and/or embed this URL, the token is not a secret, and simply prevents user enumeration.

Offline only (no sync)

bash <(curl
atuin import auto

Then restart your shell!


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

And then follow the shell setup

With cargo

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

And then follow the shell setup


And then follow the shell setup


Atuin is also available in MacPorts

And then follow the shell setup


This repository is a flake, and can be installed using nix profile:

nix profile install "github:ellie/atuin"

Atuin is also available in nixpkgs:

nix-env -f '' -iA atuin

And then follow the shell setup


Atuin is available in the Arch Linux community repository:

And then follow the shell setup


Atuin is available in the Termux package repository:

And then follow the shell setup

From source

git clone
cd atuin/atuin
cargo install --path .

And then follow the shell setup

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! After installing, remember to restart your shell.


> ~/.zshrc">

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



antigen bundle ellie/atuin@main


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

curl -o ~/
echo '[[ -f ~/ ]] && source ~/' >> ~/.bashrc

Then setup Atuin

> ~/.bashrc">

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



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


Install atuin shell plugin in zsh, bash, or fish with Fig in one click.


Run in Nushell:

mkdir ~/.local/share/atuin/
atuin init nu | save ~/.local/share/atuin/

Add to

source ~/.local/share/atuin/

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