Jump-Location: autojump for Windows
A while ago I discovered autojump and quickly realized that it could
change how I use a console. Autojump listens when you change directories
and keeps an index of the directories where you spend the most time. The
command lets you search the index and
cd to the most relevant search
result. It’s best if you just watch this video:
Introducing Autojump for Windows (via Powershell)
Jump-Location is a Powershell implementation of autojump that I’ve been working on. It does most everything that autojump does, but better.
For instance, after using the
j Powershell cmdlet for a while, I
quickly realized that I wanted to use it for more than a
I like using
popd, so I made a
pushj alias that uses
Push-Location) instead of
I also realized that as a Windows user, you inevitably have to use Windows
Explorer for things like TortoiseSVN checkins. But mousing through the
folder tree is a pain, so I made the
xj alias to query
and open up
explorer to the result.
You can now use
Jump-Location in conjunction with any command. I can
getj alias to open a file in notepad:
PS> notepad "$(getj ju)\Readme.md"
Enhancements to jumpstat
Autojump provides a
jumpstat command to display the index (and debug
why you didn’t get the directory you expected).
provides this command (as the
Get-JumpStatus cmdlet alias).
Since Powershell deals in actual objects instead of text, the design of
jumpstat is a lot different from the original. This really comes out
when changing the weights in the index. The documentation for the
original instructs you to edit
~/autojump.txt. While we still store
the index in a text file, you can just set the weight and save from
For instance, setting a weight to a negative number will remove it from search results:
Go Try It!
I highly recommend installing
Jump-Location. Head on over to the
downloads area and grab the latest zip file. Running
Jump-Location in all future Powershell sessions.