Programming Tutorials

bash in Mac OS X

By: Strauss K in macos Tutorials on 2011-02-03  

Bash (Bourne-Again SHell) is the default shell in Mac OS X, as well as in most Linux distributions. It is a command-line shell and scripting language that provides a powerful interface to the operating system. Bash includes a wide range of features, including command history, job control, command-line editing, and support for shell scripts.

Bash is used in many system administration tasks, such as managing files, controlling processes, and automating repetitive tasks. It is also commonly used by programmers for writing shell scripts, which are used to automate tasks and perform system maintenance.

Bash is a powerful tool for working with the command line interface of Mac OS X, and it is an essential tool for anyone working in system administration or programming on the Mac platform.

To Exit bash type exit

Default shell

Your default shell can be accessed from System Preferences > Accounts, Right click (or control-click) on an account and choose Advanced Options.

You can also set a default shell for the terminal:
Open the Terminal app (Applications > Utilities > Terminal) then open Terminal Preferences

Whatever the default, you can always switch shells on the fly by just typing the name of new shell - bash, csh, tcsh or zsh.

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