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Hafiz Jaafar
Hafiz Jaafar

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Git Bash on Windows: adding a permanent alias

If you are using Git Bash on Windows and you're used to Linux bash commands, chances are that you'd like to add aliases that help making your jobs easier.

These two are my favorite aliases:

$ alias cll='clear; ls -lah'
$ alias countFiles='ls -1 | wc -l'
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How to add an alias permanently for the Git Bash

  1. To add an alias permanently, you'd need to edit the file
    /C/Program Files/Git/etc/profile.d/aliases.sh .

  2. Run your text editor as an administrator and open that file.

  3. Add your alias and save the file.

  4. Open the Git Bash. Execute 'alias', and you're done. Have fun.

$ alias
alias cll='clear; ls -lah'
alias countFiles='ls -1 | wc -l'
alias ll='ls -lah'
alias ls='ls -F --color=auto --show-control-chars'
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korey πŸ‡³πŸ‡¬ • Edited on

thanks for this.

a little thing to note is this works while navigating in bash

cd /c/'Program Files'/Git/etc/profile.d
not
cd /c/Program Files/Git/etc/profile.d as this one won't work in bash

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Sekti

I always use ll with

alias ll='ls -lash'
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natank

Note: place the equal sign ('=') immediately after the alias without any spaces.
Examples:

alias k = 'kubectl' // not working
alias k= 'kubectl' // working

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Cornea Florin

Exactly what I was looking for, thanks!!

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Ademir Diamente JΓΊnior

Tks, dude! It really helped me 😁

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cuneyter

Thank you. That is a great help :)

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Decent Coder

Aliases can be created using git config command as well, without actually opening the git files.

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Prateek Aher

Dude, you're a lifesaver.

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Roberto Bocio Melo

thanks for this, my workflow thanks you ❀️

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