the xonsh shell

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Xonsh is a Python-powered, cross-platform, Unix-gazing shell language and command prompt. The language is a superset of Python 3.5+ with additional shell primitives that you are used to from Bash and IPython. It works on all major systems including Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows. Xonsh is meant for the daily use of experts and novices alike.


Xonsh is significantly different from most other shells or shell tools. The following table lists built in features and capabilities that various tools may or may not share.







Sane language

Easily scriptable

Native cross-platform support

Meant as a shell

Tab completion

Completion from man-page parsing

Large standard library

Typed variables

Syntax highlighting

in notebook

w/ prompt-toolkit

Pun in name

Rich history



Xonsh can be installed and run with various package managers, by using appimage, or from a docker container:


On Windows 10, the separately-installable Windows Terminal app is recommended.

News & Media


We highly encourage contributions to xonsh! If you would like to contribute, it is as easy as forking the repository on GitHub, making your changes, and issuing a pull request. If you have any questions about this process don’t hesitate to ask the mailing list ( or the Gitter channel.

See the Developer’s Guide for more information about contributing.

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