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Gum Image

Latest Release Go Docs Build Status

A tool for glamorous shell scripts. Leverage the power of Bubbles and Lip Gloss in your scripts and aliases without writing any Go code!

Shell running the ./demo.sh script

The above example is running from a single shell script (source).


Gum provides highly configurable, ready-to-use utilities to help you write useful shell scripts and dotfiles aliases with just a few lines of code. Let's build a simple script to help you write Conventional Commits for your dotfiles.

Ask for the commit type with gum choose:

gum choose "fix" "feat" "docs" "style" "refactor" "test" "chore" "revert"

[!NOTE] This command itself will print to stdout which is not all that useful. To make use of the command later on you can save the stdout to a $VARIABLE or file.txt.

Prompt for the scope of these changes:

gum input --placeholder "scope"

Prompt for the summary and description of changes:

gum input --value "$TYPE$SCOPE: " --placeholder "Summary of this change"
gum write --placeholder "Details of this change"

Confirm before committing:

gum confirm "Commit changes?" && git commit -m "$SUMMARY" -m "$DESCRIPTION"

Check out the complete example for combining these commands in a single script.

Running the ./examples/commit.sh script to commit to git


Use a package manager:

# macOS or Linux
brew install gum

# Arch Linux (btw)
pacman -S gum

# Nix
nix-env -iA nixpkgs.gum

# Windows (via WinGet or Scoop)
scoop install charm-gum

Or download it:

  • Packages are available in Debian, RPM, and Alpine formats
  • Binaries are available for Linux, macOS, Windows, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and NetBSD

Or just install it with go:

go install github.com/charmbracelet/gum@latest


  • choose: Choose an option from a list of choices
  • confirm: Ask a user to confirm an action
  • file: Pick a file from a folder
  • filter: Filter items from a list
  • format: Format a string using a template
  • input: Prompt for some input
  • join: Join text vertically or horizontally
  • pager: Scroll through a file
  • spin: Display spinner while running a command
  • style: Apply coloring, borders, spacing to text
  • table: Render a table of data
  • write: Prompt for long-form text
  • log: Log messages to output


You can customize gum options and styles with --flags and $ENVIRONMENT_VARIABLES. See gum <command> --help for a full view of each command's customization and configuration options.

Customize with --flags:

gum input --cursor.foreground "#FF0" \
          --prompt.foreground "#0FF" \
          --placeholder "What's up?" \
          --prompt "* " \
          --width 80 \
          --value "Not much, hby?"


export GUM_INPUT_PLACEHOLDER="What's up?"
export GUM_INPUT_PROMPT="* "

# --flags can override values set with environment
gum input
Gum input displaying most customization options


Prompt for input with a simple command.

gum input > answer.txt
gum input --password > password.txt
Shell running gum input typing Not much, you?


Prompt for some multi-line text (ctrl+d to complete text entry).

gum write > story.txt
Shell running gum write typing a story


Filter a list of values with fuzzy matching:

echo Strawberry >> flavors.txt
echo Banana >> flavors.txt
echo Cherry >> flavors.txt
gum filter < flavors.txt > selection.txt
Shell running gum filter on different bubble gum flavors

Select multiple options with the --limit flag or --no-limit flag. Use tab or ctrl+space to select, enter to confirm.

cat flavors.txt | gum filter --limit 2
cat flavors.txt | gum filter --no-limit


Choose an option from a list of choices.

echo "Pick a card, any card..."
CARD=$(gum choose --height 15 {{A,K,Q,J},{10..2}}" "{♠,♥,♣,♦})
echo "Was your card the $CARD?"

You can also select multiple items with the --limit or --no-limit flag, which determines the maximum of items that can be chosen.

cat songs.txt | gum choose --limit 5
cat foods.txt | gum choose --no-limit --header "Grocery Shopping"
Shell running gum choose with numbers and gum flavors


Confirm whether to perform an action. Exits with code 0 (affirmative) or 1 (negative) depending on selection.

gum confirm && rm file.txt || echo "File not removed"
Shell running gum confirm


Prompt the user to select a file from the file tree.

EDITOR $(gum file $HOME)
Shell running gum file


Scroll through a long document with line numbers and a fully customizable viewport.

gum pager < README.md
Shell running gum pager


Display a spinner while running a script or command. The spinner will automatically stop after the given command exits.

To view or pipe the command's output, use the --show-output flag.

gum spin --spinner dot --title "Buying Bubble Gum..." -- sleep 5
Shell running gum spin while sleeping for 5 seconds

Available spinner types include: line, dot, minidot, jump, pulse, points, globe, moon, monkey, meter, hamburger.


Select a row from some tabular data.

gum table < flavors.csv | cut -d ',' -f 1


Pretty print any string with any layout with one command.

gum style \
	--foreground 212 --border-foreground 212 --border double \
	--align center --width 50 --margin "1 2" --padding "2 4" \
	'Bubble Gum (1¢)' 'So sweet and so fresh!'
Bubble Gum, So sweet and so fresh!


Combine text vertically or horizontally. Use this command with gum style to build layouts and pretty output.

Tip: Always wrap the output of gum style in quotes to preserve newlines (\n) when using it as an argument in the join command.

I=$(gum style --padding "1 5" --border double --border-foreground 212 "I")
LOVE=$(gum style --padding "1 4" --border double --border-foreground 57 "LOVE")
BUBBLE=$(gum style --padding "1 8" --border double --border-foreground 255 "Bubble")
GUM=$(gum style --padding "1 5" --border double --border-foreground 240 "Gum")

I_LOVE=$(gum join "$I" "$LOVE")
BUBBLE_GUM=$(gum join "$BUBBLE" "$GUM")
gum join --align center --vertical "$I_LOVE" "$BUBBLE_GUM"
I LOVE Bubble Gum written out in four boxes with double borders around them.


format processes and formats bodies of text. gum format can parse markdown, template strings, and named emojis.

# Format some markdown
gum format -- "# Gum Formats" "- Markdown" "- Code" "- Template" "- Emoji"
echo "# Gum Formats\n- Markdown\n- Code\n- Template\n- Emoji" | gum format

# Syntax highlight some code
cat main.go | gum format -t code

# Render text any way you want with templates
echo '{{ Bold "Tasty" }} {{ Italic "Bubble" }} {{ Color "99" "0" " Gum " }}' \
    | gum format -t template

# Display your favorite emojis!
echo 'I :heart: Bubble Gum :candy:' | gum format -t emoji

For more information on template helpers, see the Termenv docs. For a full list of named emojis see the GitHub API.

Running gum format for different types of formats


log logs messages to the terminal at using different levels and styling using the charmbracelet/log library.

# Log some debug information.
gum log --structured --level debug "Creating file..." name file.txt
# DEBUG Unable to create file. name=temp.txt

# Log some error.
gum log --structured --level error "Unable to create file." name file.txt
# ERROR Unable to create file. name=temp.txt

# Include a timestamp.
gum log --time rfc822 --level error "Unable to create file."

See the Go time package for acceptable --time formats.

See charmbracelet/log for more usage.

Running gum log with debug and error levels


How to use gum in your daily workflows:

See the examples directory for more real world use cases.

  • Write a commit message:
git commit -m "$(gum input --width 50 --placeholder "Summary of changes")" \
           -m "$(gum write --width 80 --placeholder "Details of changes")"
  • Open files in your $EDITOR
$EDITOR $(gum filter)
  • Connect to a tmux session
SESSION=$(tmux list-sessions -F \#S | gum filter --placeholder "Pick session...")
tmux switch-client -t $SESSION || tmux attach -t $SESSION
  • Pick a commit hash from git history
git log --oneline | gum filter | cut -d' ' -f1 # | copy
  • Simple skate password selector.
skate list -k | gum filter | xargs skate get
  • Uninstall packages
brew list | gum choose --no-limit | xargs brew uninstall
  • Clean up git branches
git branch | cut -c 3- | gum choose --no-limit | xargs git branch -D
  • Checkout GitHub pull requests with gh
gh pr list | cut -f1,2 | gum choose | cut -f1 | xargs gh pr checkout
  • Copy command from shell history
gum filter < $HISTFILE --height 20
  • sudo replacement
alias please="gum input --password | sudo -nS"


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