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I have the latest executable screenfetch-dev in /Users/gav/scripts/ folder. I can execute it fine by running /Users/gav/scripts/screenfetch-dev

But how do I make it a command, so I can just type screenfetch and make it run?

I'm using OS X 10.8 ML.

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Assuming that you're using the default shell in OS X (BASH), you can add the following to the .bash_profile in your home directory (so /Users/gav/.bash_profile - you may have to create this file yourself if you've never used it before):

alias screenfetch="/Users/gav/scripts/screenfetch-dev"

Alternatively, you could add your scripts folder to your PATH, by adding the following line to the same .bash_profile:

export PATH="/Users/gav/scripts:$PATH"

The first method (creating an alias) allows you to assign any name as a "shortcut" for anything else - when the command is run, the BASH shell simply substitutes the "shortcut" for the full command. In this case, you could run the script simply by typing screenfetch.

The second method (adding the folder to your PATH variable) allows you to use any of the contents of the scripts folder from anywhere inside the shell, although you still have to use the script's full name to access it - in this case it would be screenfetch-dev.

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This worked, thank you so much! – gavflynn Aug 28 '12 at 22:43

I have in .bash_profile lines:

# set PATH so it includes user's private bin if it exists
if [ -d "$HOME/bin" ] ; then

And always creating ~/bin folder with custom binaries I can use. And it is automatically added to path if exists. I'm taken this code from ubuntu's .bashrc

after this I can just pass command "screenfetch-dev" or if file is renamed to screenfetch then "screenfetch"

and command to make your "screenfetch-dev" file in "~/bin" executable(if it doesn't set as executable):

chmod +x ~/bin/screenfetch-dev
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Move screenfetch-dev to /usr/bin and then add screenfetch or screenfetch-dev to .bashrc


Add /Users/you/Downloads/screenfetch-dev to .bashrc

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