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Taylor Bryant

Create a Bash alias for a Terminal command

Do you find yourself frequently typing out the same command in Terminal? One simple way to make your workflow more efficient is to create a Bash alias.

Follow these simple steps

Open your terminal emulator of choice. I use the macOS default Terminal.

Step 1

Type in the command bash sudo nano .bash_profile then press Enter. This command will open .bash_profile in the Nano text editor. You may be prompted for your password.

Step 2

Once .bash_profile is open, type in alias followed by the alias name you would like to use. Now, add an = sign and place the desired command between two ' characters. In the example below, I created an alias called youraliasname and assigned it cd cats/tabbies.

Step 3

Press CTRL+X to exit Nano and save your changes to .bash_profile. If everything looks right, press Y.

Step 4

Nano will ask you to confirm the file name to write the changes to. Press Enter to overwrite the previous version of .bash_profile.

Step 5

Close and reopen Terminal (or your chosen emulator) to use your new alias. Test out your new alias by typing the alias name and pressing Enter.

Step 6

You're all set! 🚀