Fix Python – Where do I find the bashrc file on Mac?


Asked By – pencilVester

Hello I am following this page.. I’m installing Python onto my mac so that I can set up a Django / Eclipse development environment. However I am not too sure how to go about executing this step:

  • The script will explain what changes it will make and prompt you
    before the installation begins.
  • Once you’ve installed Homebrew,
    insert the Homebrew directory at the top of your PATH environment variable.
  • You can do this by adding the following line at the bottom of your
    ~/.bashrc file
  • export PATH=/usr/local/bin:$PATH

Where do I find the bashrc file on my mac and where do I find the homebrew directory?

I am running a macbook pro with OS 10.8.5.

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The .bashrc file is in your home directory.

So from command line do:

ls -a

This will show all the hidden files in your home directory. “cd” will get you home and ls -a will “list all”.

In general when you see ~/ the tilda slash refers to your home directory. So ~/.bashrc is your home directory with the .bashrc file.

And the standard path to homebrew is in /usr/local/ so if you:

cd /usr/local
ls | grep -i homebrew

you should see the homebrew directory (/usr/local/homebrew). Source

Yes sometimes you may have to create this file and the typical format of a .bashrc file is:

# .bashrc

# User specific aliases and functions
. .alias
alias ducks='du -cks * | sort -rn | head -15'

# Source global definitions
if [ -f /etc/bashrc ]; then
    . /etc/bashrc

export PATH

If you create your own .bashrc file make sure that the following line is in your ~/.bash_profile

# Get the aliases and functions
if [ -f ~/.bashrc ]; then
    . ~/.bashrc

This question is answered By – Peter Party Bus

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