Tutorials, Bash

Creating an alias in terminal

I often run local sites from a projects folder that is stored in a dropbox folder the full path is long, so instead of using the full path I create an alias in temrinal which is a shortcut to that path. This means instead of typing:

cd ~/"Dropbox (Personal)/projects

I can type:


To do this open your bash profile:

nano ~/.bash_profile

Then create the alias:

alias projects='cd ~/"Dropbox (Personal)/projects"'

Restart terminal then type your shortcut and press enter to be taken to the alisd location.

Aliases are really useful and simple to setup.

David Carr

David Carr

For the past 12 years, I’ve been developing applications for the web using mostly PHP. I do this for a living and love what I do as every day there is something new and exciting to learn.

In my spare time, the web development community is a big part of my life. Whether managing online programming groups and blogs or attending a conference, I find keeping involved helps me stay up to date. This is also my chance to give back to the community that helped me get started, a place I am proud to be apart of.

Besides programming I love spending time with friends and family and can often be found together going out catching the latest movie, staying in playing games on the sofa or planning a trip to someplace I’ve never been before.