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HowTo: Display / Echo Path Settings In Linux / UNIX / *BSD

How do I display my current path settings under Linux / FreeBSD / OpenBSD / NetBSD / Apple OS X / UNIX like operating systems using bash or ksh or csh / tcsh shell?

The PATH variable holds the list of directories which are searched when you type a program name. To check your PATH setting use the following command. Open a command-line terminal (select Applications > Accessories > Terminal), and then type the following commands to see $PATH

echo $PATH

Sample outputs:


How Can I Change the $PATH under Linux / UNIX?

See our faq "changing the path settings under Linux" for more information.

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  • Kenneth McCarthy April 26, 2012, 1:39 pm

    Hi, I typed in $echo $path under USS in MVS and it did nothing.

  • Tenzin September 27, 2012, 8:01 pm

    I know its been a while.. still..for others : )

    echo $PATH (path must be in caps)

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