# Nushell 0.44 - the calm before the storm

Nushell, or Nu for short, is a new shell that takes a modern, structured approach to your commandline. It works seamlessly with the data from your filesystem, operating system, and a growing number of file formats to make it easy to build powerful commandline pipelines.

Today, we're releasing 0.44 of Nu. This is the last release before engine-q becomes the new engine.

# Where to get it

Nu 0.44 is available as pre-built binaries (opens new window) or from crates.io (opens new window). If you have Rust installed you can install it using cargo install nu.

If you want all the goodies, you can install cargo install nu --features=extra.

As part of this release, we also publish a set of plugins you can install and use with Nu. To install, use cargo install nu_plugin_<plugin name>.

# What's New

The drop nth command can now also take a range, allowing you to drop a range of rows as well.

# It's time

Here we are. The last release before engine-q merges into Nushell main. There are an enormous amount of changes coming (opens new window), including many breaking changes (opens new window). We encourage you to take a look at the breaking changes ahead of the engine-q releases so that you're familiar with the differences in commands.

# Looking forward

A few things are coming up:

  • After this release, engine-q will land into Nushell main. At this point, we'll work to polish it and prepare it for its first release.
  • If, as we approach time for the coming release, we feel that it's close but not yet ready, we'll instead release a one-off set of binaries that you can download. This won't be a full release, but instead a beta release geared towards getting more feedback from early adopters.
  • When it's ready, we'll release the first full Nushell release with engine-q. We'll likely number this by skipping versions, jumping to 0.60 to show how much has changed and also letting folks know to look for breaking changes as well.
  • From there we'll keep building on the new engine, improving it for 1.0 and beyond.