pysize: Somewhat unusual, somewhat unstable

Now here’s something that you don’t see everyday: A clever python application for exploring directories, by size.


That’s pysize, from the creator of iotop, in its curses variation. If you’re familiar with WinDirStat, an age-old Windows directory tool, this has a vaguely similar look and feel about it.


You can navigate between directories with the arrow and enter keys, and get a visual feel for what takes up what space. Very nifty, really.

Unfortunately I have run into more than one glitch with screen redraws, and occasionally it will crash … for example, if it tries to enter a directory without the proper permissions.

I can’t be sure it’s still under development, but it would be nice to see pysize work out its difficulties. For what I know, this is the only program of its kind to offer a visual representation of directory size, for the console.

I said unfortunately, and I meant that in all honesty. This is a cool toy, and would be cooler with a little coaching. šŸ˜

1 thought on “pysize: Somewhat unusual, somewhat unstable

  1. Kaleb Elwert

    I realize it’s not quite as ‘visual’, but I’ve found ncdu to be incredibly useful. It’s almost exactly what it sounds like: a curses version of du.

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