I have create few new aliases in ~/.bashrc then run source ~/.bashrc and it worked. But after restart terminal it does not work. I looked back and found the advice: create ~/.bash_aliases and in ~/.bashrc append string:

if [ -f ~/.bash_aliases ]; then
    . ~/.bash_aliases

But the problem remains unsolved. Any suggestions?

  • Type "alias" to see the list of all your assigned alias. Do you see your alias in the command output?
    – Flint
    Commented Jul 7, 2012 at 9:59

1 Answer 1


Possibly your terminal starts a login shell. In this case not .bashrc is read, but bash looks for ~/.bash_profile, ~/.bash_login, and ~/.profile, in that order.

try man bash and search for INVOCATION to read more.

It may be useful to source .bashrc in your .bash_login.


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