Nu has a small, but growing, number of internal variables you can set to change how it looks and how it operates. Below is a list of the current variables, their types, and a description of how they’re used
|completion_mode||“list” or “circular”||the style of autocompletion to use|
|ctrlc_exit||boolean||whether or not to exit Nu after multiple ctrl-c presses|
|disable_table_indexes||boolean||removes the table index column|
|edit_mode||“vi” or “emacs”||changes line editing to “vi” or “emacs” mode|
|env||row||the environment variables to pass to external commands|
|header_align||“center”, “right”, or other||aligns table headers center-, right-, or left-aligned|
|key_timeout||integer||the timeout used to switch between edit modes|
|nonzero_exit_errors||boolean||whether to print errors for non-zero exit codes for externals|
|path||list of strings||PATH to use to find binaries|
|startup||list of strings||commands, like
|table_mode||“light” or other||enable lightweight or normal tables|
|no_auto_pivot||boolean||whether or not to automatically pivot single-row results|
|skip_welcome_message||boolean||whether or not to skip displaying the welcome message when nushell starts|
To set one of these variables, you can use
config set. For example:
> config set edit_mode "vi"
There’s an additional way to set a variable, and that is to use the contents of the pipeline as the value you want to use for the variable. For this, use the
> echo "bar" | config set_into foo
This is helpful when working with the
config command without any arguments will show a table of the current configuration settings:
> config ─────────────────┬────────────────── completion_mode │ circular env │ [row 51 columns] path │ [table 9 rows] startup │ [table 1 rows] ─────────────────┴──────────────────
Note: if you haven’t set any configuration variables, yet, this may be empty.
get flag, you can retrieve the value for a given variable:
> config get edit_mode
To remove a variable from the configuration, use the
> config remove edit_mode
If you want to clear the whole configuration and start fresh, you can use the
clear flag. Of course, be careful with this as once you run it, the configuration file is also cleared.
> config clear
The configuration file is loaded from a default location. To find what this location is on your system, you can ask for it using the
> config path /home/jonathant/.config/nu/config.toml
You may wish to load the configuration from a different file than the default. To do so, use the
> config load myconfiguration.toml
To use Nu as a login shell, you’ll need to configure the
env configuration variables. With these, you’ll have enough support to run external commands as a login shell.
Before switching, run Nu inside of another shell, like Bash. Then, take the environment and PATH from that shell with the following commands:
> config set path $nu.path > config set env $nu.env
Versions before 0.7.2 used:
> config --set [path $nu:path] > config --set [env $nu:env]
$nu.env values are set to the current PATH and environment variables, respectively. Once you set these into the configuration, they’ll be available later when using Nu as a login shell.
Next, on some distros you’ll also need to ensure Nu is in the /etc/shells list:
> cat /etc/shells # /etc/shells: valid login shells /bin/sh /bin/dash /bin/bash /bin/rbash /usr/bin/screen /usr/bin/fish /home/jonathan/.cargo/bin/nu
With this, you should be able to
chsh and set Nu to be your login shell. After a logout, on your next login you should be greeted with a shiny Nu prompt.
Prompt configuration is handled by setting the value of
For example, to use Starship, download it and enter the following command (0.18.2 and later):
config set prompt `echo $(starship prompt)`
Now restart Nu.
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