Where do I find the bashrc file on Mac?

Hello I am following this page.. I'm installing Python onto my mac so that I can set up a Django / Eclipse development environment. However I am not too sure how to go about executing this step:

  • The script will explain what changes it will make and prompt you before the installation begins.
  • Once you’ve installed Homebrew, insert the Homebrew directory at the top of your PATH environment variable.
  • You can do this by adding the following line at the bottom of your ~/.bashrc file
  • export PATH=/usr/local/bin:$PATH

Where do I find the bashrc file on my mac and where do I find the homebrew directory?

I am running a macbook pro with OS 10.8.5.


  • The .bashrc file is in your home directory.

    So from command line do:

    ls -a

    This will show all the hidden files in your home directory. "cd" will get you home and ls -a will "list all".

    In general when you see ~/ the tilda slash refers to your home directory. So ~/.bashrc is your home directory with the .bashrc file.

    And the standard path to homebrew is in /usr/local/ so if you:

    cd /usr/local
    ls | grep -i homebrew

    you should see the homebrew directory (/usr/local/homebrew). Source

    Yes sometimes you may have to create this file and the typical format of a .bashrc file is:

    # .bashrc
    # User specific aliases and functions
    . .alias
    alias ducks='du -cks * | sort -rn | head -15'
    # Source global definitions
    if [ -f /etc/bashrc ]; then
        . /etc/bashrc
    export PATH

    If you create your own .bashrc file make sure that the following line is in your ~/.bash_profile

    # Get the aliases and functions
    if [ -f ~/.bashrc ]; then
        . ~/.bashrc