Create Aliases in .bash_profile for Common Bash Commands

Cameron Nokes
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.bash_profile is a file that bash invokes (or more technically sources) before the start of a new bash session. In .bash_profile, we have the opportunity to add variables, functions, and aliases to customize our bash environment and provide reusable functionality.

In this lesson, we’ll look at adding a git_sync alias as well as a ll alias. Aliases act like shortcuts and save us time and typing at the terminal. .bash_profile is a good spot for smaller functions and aliases.

Note that on most linux distributions you'll use .bashrc instead of .bash_profile.

Cameron Nokes
Cameron Nokesinstructor
~ a year ago

Starting with Catalina, macOS now uses zsh as the default shell instead of bash. zsh and bash are very similar, but zsh looks for a .zshrc and .zprofile instead. See for more info on the differences between the two.