Bat Extras

Bash scripts that integrate bat with various command line tools.
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Bash scripts that integrate bat with various command line tools.




Quickly search through and highlight files using ripgrep. Requirements: ripgrep


Read system manual pages (man) using bat as the manual page formatter.


A less (and soon bat) preprocessor for viewing more types of files in the terminal.


Watch for changes in one or more files, and print them with bat. Requirements: entr (optional)


Diff a file against the current git index, or display the diff between two files. Requirements: bat, delta (optional)


Pretty-print source code and highlight it with bat. Requirements: (see doc/


Installation via Package Manager


All of the bat-extras scripts can be installed with brew install bat-extras.

If you would prefer to only install the specific scripts you need, you can use the eth-p/software tap to install individual scripts: brew install eth-p/software/bat-extras-[SCRIPT]


bat-extras is officially available on the Arch community repository!

If you have the community repository enabled, you can install bat-extras by running:

pacman -S bat-extras


bat-extras is available on Gentoo's Guru Overlay as sys-apps/bat-extras.

To install, first make sure you've added the Gentoo Guru Overlay to your local repositories, then emerge accordingly...

emerge sys-apps/bat-extras

Fedora (Unofficial)

bat-extras is available in an unofficial Fedora Copr repository. Note: this package does not contain prettybat since prettier is not yet packaged for Fedora.

Install the Copr plugin, enable the repository, and then install the package by running:

dnf install dnf-plugins-core 
dnf copr enable awood/bat-extras
dnf install bat-extras




The scripts in this repository are designed to run as-is, provided that they aren't moved around. This means that you're free to just symlink src/[script].sh to your local bin folder.

If you would rather have faster, self-contained scripts that you can place and run anywhere, you can use the script to create (and optionally install) them.



./ [OPTIONS...]

This will combine and preprocess each script under the src directory, and create corresponding self-contained scripts in the bin folder. Any library scripts that are sourced using source "${LIB}/[NAME].sh" will be embedded automatically.



There are three different options for minification:

Option Description
--minify=none Nothing will be minified.
--minify=lib Embedded library scripts will be minified. [default]
--minify=all Everything will be minified.

This uses shfmt to perform minification.



You can also specify --install and --prefix=PATH to have the build script automatically install the scripts for all users on the system. You may need to run the build script as root.

If you only want to install a single script, you can run the build process and copy the script directly out of the newly-created bin folder.


The build script will automatically generate a man page for each of the markdown documentation files. This is a beta feature that uses a non-compliant Markdown "parser" written in Bash, and there is no guarantee towards the quality of the generated manual pages. If you do not want to generate manual files, you can provide the --no-manuals option to disable manual file generation.

Alternate Executable:

Depending on the distribution, bat may have been renamed to avoid package conflicts. If you wish to use these scripts on a distribution where this is the case, there is an --alternate-executable=NAME option which will build the scripts to use an alternate executable name.

You may also specify alternate executables for ripgrep, delta, fzf, or git with --alternate-executable:PROGRAM NAME where PROGRAM is one the aforementioned programs. Note that doing so may cause verification to fail.


The build script will attempt to verify the correctness of the "bin" scripts by comparing their output with their source counterparts. It is recommended to let it do this, but you can disable verification with the --no-verify option.



If you would like to contribute to bat-extras, please feel free to open an issue on GitHub, or make a pull request. If you do the latter, please keep our contributing guidelines in mind.

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