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Atuin maintains two configuration files, stored in ~/.config/atuin/. We store data in ~/.local/share/atuin (unless overridden by XDG_*).

You can also change the path to the configuration directory by setting ATUIN_CONFIG_DIR. For example

export ATUIN_CONFIG_DIR = /home/ellie/.atuin

Client config


The client runs on a user's machine, and unless you're running a server, this is what you care about.

See config.toml for an example


This configures how the stats command parses dates. It has two possible values

dialect = "uk"


dialect = "us"

and defaults to "us".


Configures whether or not to automatically sync, when logged in. Defaults to true

auto_sync = true/false


Configures whether or not to automatically check for updates. Defaults to true.

update_check = true/false


The address of the server to sync with! Defaults to

sync_address = ""


How often to automatically sync with the server. This can be given in a "human-readable" format. For example, 10s, 20m, 1h, etc. Defaults to 1h.

If set to 0, Atuin will sync after every command. Some servers may potentially rate limit, which won't cause any issues.

sync_frequency = "1h"


The path to the Atuin SQlite database. Defaults to ~/.local/share/atuin/history.db.

db_path = "~/.history.db"


The path to the Atuin encryption key. Defaults to ~/.local/share/atuin/key.

key = "~/.atuin-key"


The path to the Atuin server session file. Defaults to ~/.local/share/atuin/session. This is essentially just an API token

key = "~/.atuin-session"


Which search mode to use. Atuin supports "prefix", fulltext and "fuzzy" search modes. The prefix searches for "query*", fulltext "*query*", and fuzzy applies the search syntax described below.

Defaults to "fuzzy"


Which style to use. Possible values: auto, full and compact.

  • compact:


  • full:


Defaults to auto.


The default filter to use when searching

global (default)Search history from all hosts, all sessions, all directories
hostSearch history just from this host
sessionSearch history just from the current session
directorySearch history just from the current directory

Filter modes can still be toggled via ctrl-r

filter_mode = "host"


The default filter to use when searching and being invoked from a shell up-key binding.

Accepts exactly the same options as filter_mode above

filter_mode_shell_up_key_binding = "session"

Defaults to the value specified for filter_mode.


What to do when the escape key is pressed when searching

return-original (default)Set the command-line to the value it had before starting search
return-querySet the command-line to the search query you have entered so far

Pressing ctrl+c or ctrl+d will always return the original command-line value.

exit_mode = "return-query"

fuzzy search syntax

The "fuzzy" search syntax is based on the fzf search syntax.

TokenMatch typeDescription
sbtrktfuzzy-matchItems that match sbtrkt
'wildexact-match (quoted)Items that include wild
^musicprefix-exact-matchItems that start with music
.mp3$suffix-exact-matchItems that end with .mp3
!fireinverse-exact-matchItems that do not include fire
!^musicinverse-prefix-exact-matchItems that do not start with music
!.mp3$inverse-suffix-exact-matchItems that do not end with .mp3

A single bar character term acts as an OR operator. For example, the following query matches entries that start with core and end with either go, rb, or py.

^core go$ | rb$ | py$


The history filter allows you to exclude commands from history tracking - maybe you want to keep ALL of your curl commands totally out of your shell history, or maybe just some matching a pattern.

This supports regular expressions, so you can hide pretty much whatever you want!

## Note that these regular expressions are unanchored, i.e. if they don't start
## with ^ or end with $, they'll match anywhere in the command.
history_filter = [
"^innocuous-cmd .*--secret=.+"