Using The Terminal

dBrowser ships with a built-in terminal environment. It is can be compared to the UNIX bash terminal but is only for use with dBrowser and the dWeb in-general.

Getting started

To open the terminal, press Ctrl+~.

dBrowser's terminal uses a command-line syntax that's very similar to bash in UNIX. For example:

command [-s|--switch {param}] {param1} param2}

At this stage, there is no piping or sub-invocations. All commands translate to JavaScript functions which can respond with HTML interfaces.

Included Commands

You can type help at any time to see a full list of available commands. Here are some useful commands that ship with dBrowser:

  • open. Navigate the terminal and the attached page to the given path or URL.
  • cd. Navigate the terminal to the given path or URL.
  • Filesystem
    • ls. List the files in a given location.
    • pwd. Get the current terminal location.
    • mv. Move a file or folder.
    • cp. Copy a file or folder.
    • mkdir. Create a folder.
    • mount. Create a mount-link
    • rm. Delete a file, folder or mount.
    • meta. View or edit the metadata of a file.
    • cat. View the contents of a file.
    • edit. Edit a file
  • Page Interactions
    • page exec. Execute JavaScript on the current page.
    • page inject. Inject CSS into the current page.
  • Command Management
    • commands ls. List installed command packages.
    • commands install. Install a new command package.
    • commands create. Create a new command package.

Environment Variables

dBrowser's builtin terminal environment, supports environment variables in its command invocations. These are words prefixed by a $.

Here is an example:

echo $pwd

To view and modify the environment variables, use the env command. By default, the terminal defines the following environment variables:

  • $@ The URL of the current page which the terminal is attached to.
  • $pwd The URL of the current location which the terminal is working in.

Creating & Installing New Commands

You can create your own custom commands within the terminal environment. Newly created commands are bundled into a newly created dDrive, known as a command package.

To create a new command, simply run commands create and it will guide you through the creation of your command package and provide a new drive with basic examples.


dBrowser's builtin terminal commands run with full access to dBrowser's internal APIs and can essentially alter anything.

Command invocations are automatically parsed and passed to the functions that your package's index.js file exports. You will need to include an index.json that provides help and some parsing guidelines for the options. An example index.json can be found below:

"type": "",
"title": "My Commands",
"commands": [
"name": "hello",
"help": "Says hello",
"usage": "hello [-u] [{who}]",
"options": [
"name": "uppercase",
"abbr": "u",
"help": "Output in all-uppercase",
"boolean": true,
"default": false

Here is an example of the index.js file that would go along with the above command:

export async function hello (opts = {}, who = 'world') {
var str = `hello ${who}`
if (opts.uppercase) str = str.toUpperCase()
return str

The commands section is an array of objects with the following attributes:

  • name. the name of the command.
  • help. An optional explanation of the command.
  • usage. An optional summary of the command's parameters.
  • options. An optional array of the switch-options which can be provided. Each object can have the following attributes:
    • name. The long name of the option.
    • abbr. An optional short name for the option.
    • help. An explanation of the option.
    • boolean. If true, the option does not accept a value.
    • default. The default value of the option if not specified by the invocation.
  • subcommands. An optional array of objects describing subcommands of this command. Use this when the command is actually a prefix to multiple commands.
    • The objects in this array use the same schema as the commands array.

Commands are invoked with a this object that is populated with some custom APIs:

  • env
    • getAll(). Returns an object containing all current env variables.
    • get(key). Returns the value of the given env variable.
    • set(key,value). Sets the given env variable's value.
    • goto(location). Sets the CWD.
    • focus(). Focuses the terminal prompt.
    • resolve(location. Resolves the given location against the CWD.
  • page
    • goto (location, {newTab}). Navigates the attached page to the given location. If newTab is true, creates a new tab.
    • refresh(). Refreshes the current page.
    • exec(js). Executes the given JavaScript in the current page.
    • inject(css). Injects the given styles in the current page. Returns an ID which can be used in the uninject.
    • uninject(id). Uninjects styles which had previously been injected.
  • out(...args). Outputs the arguments to the terminal console. Can be provided HTML elements.

Example Terminal Usage

this.out('Hello world!')'alert("pwned!")')

Page Commands

Pages can export their own commands, which they define using the dbrowser.terminal API. Page commands are prefixed with the @ symbol.

@open-issue 1
@login --user pfrazee --password hunter2

Unlike normal terminal commands, page commands run on the page and therefore have no special privileges. They also do not have access to the env, page, out, and other APIs attached to the this object.