Linux/Unix: Bash Set Shell Variable Command

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How do I set or create variables within my shell script or at command line under Linux and Unix like operating systems?

You can easily create and set variables within a script using the following syntax:


value is assigned to given variable and value must be on right side of = (equal) sign. If value is not given, the variable is assigned the null string. In this example set shell variable called dest to /nas05/backup/full, enter:


To display the value of a variable called dest, enter:

echo "$dest"


echo "${dest}"


printf "%s\n" dest

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Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

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