Sometimes you just need to add a few numbers when you’re working on a task. Nu offers a set of basic math operations that you can use:

To get into “math mode”, you start the command with an =. This lets Nu know what you’re about to write will use operators. Some commands, like where will do this for you so that you don’t have to.

Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide

> = 1 + 3

In Nu, you can do the usual add, subtract, multiply and divide with the operators +, -, *, and / respectively. Operator precedence is respected, so 1 + 2 * 3 will be treated as 1 + (2 * 3). Which leads us to parentheses.


You can use parentheses to group math expression in math mode. This allows you to write (1 + 2) * 3 if you want the addition to have higher precedence.

in: and not-in:

You can check if a value is in a set of values or not using the in: and not-in: operators.

> = 1 in: [1 2 3]
> = 1 not-in: [1 2 3]

=~ and !~

You can check to see if a string is inside of another string, or not inside of another string, using =~ and !~.

> = "foobar" =~ "foo"
> = "foobar" !~ "baz"


The following comparisons are also available:

Compound operators

Nushell also supports && and || to join two operations that return boolean values, using ‘and’ and ‘or’ respectively. For example: ls | where name in: ["one" "two" "three"] && size > 10kb