alias command in Linux platform is used to tell the shell to replace one string with another string value while running commands. Using this command, it helps users to create an alias to a long-named command which is required to run multiple times. Doing so, it creates actually a shortcut command which functions in the same way as the one for which alias is created.
Syntax to use alias command in Linux
Syntax to remove an alias in Linux
unalias [alias name]
Available options to use alias command in Linux
- -p : prints all defined aliases
- -help: displays help information regarding alias command
Examples to use alias command in Linux
1: creating an alias
alias CD="cd Desktop"
2: displaying help information
Creating permanent aliases in Linux
In order to create and keep aliases permanently saved, you can place the created aliases in shell configuration file which can be one of the following:
- Bash – ~/.bashrc
- ZSH – ~/.zshrc
- Fish – ~/.config/fish/config.fish