Mathias’s dotfiles

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    Warning: If you want to give these dotfiles a try, you should first fork this repository, review the code, and remove things you don’t want or need. Don’t blindly use my settings unless you know what that entails. Use at your own risk!

    Using Git and the bootstrap script

    You can clone the repository wherever you want. (I like to keep it in ~/Projects/dotfiles, with ~/dotfiles as a symlink.) The bootstrapper script will pull in the latest version and copy the files to your home folder.

    git clone && cd dotfiles && source

    To update, cd into your local dotfiles repository and then:


    Alternatively, to update while avoiding the confirmation prompt:

    set -- -f; source

    Git-free install

    To install these dotfiles without Git:

    cd; curl -#L | tar -xzv --strip-components 1 --exclude={,,.osx,LICENSE-MIT.txt}

    To update later on, just run that command again.

    Specify the $PATH

    If ~/.path exists, it will be sourced along with the other files, before any feature testing (such as detecting which version of ls is being used) takes place.

    Here’s an example ~/.path file that adds /usr/local/bin to the $PATH:

    export PATH="/usr/local/bin:$PATH"

    Add custom commands without creating a new fork

    If ~/.extra exists, it will be sourced along with the other files. You can use this to add a few custom commands without the need to fork this entire repository, or to add commands you don’t want to commit to a public repository.

    My ~/.extra looks something like this:

    # Git credentials
    # Not in the repository, to prevent people from accidentally committing under my name
    GIT_AUTHOR_NAME="Mathias Bynens"
    git config --global "$GIT_AUTHOR_NAME"
    git config --global "$GIT_AUTHOR_EMAIL"

    You could also use ~/.extra to override settings, functions and aliases from my dotfiles repository. It’s probably better to fork this repository instead, though.

    Sensible macOS defaults

    When setting up a new Mac, you may want to set some sensible macOS defaults:


    Install Homebrew formulae

    When setting up a new Mac, you may want to install some common Homebrew formulae (after installing Homebrew, of course):


    Some of the functionality of these dotfiles depends on formulae installed by If you don’t plan to run, you should look carefully through the script and manually install any particularly important ones. A good example is Bash/Git completion: the dotfiles use a special version from Homebrew.


    Suggestions/improvements welcome!


    Mathias Bynens

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