How to create .bash_profile file on Mac OS X

Published on April 9, 2016 by Daniel Lanza


By default, your system does not have the .bash_profile file for your user. Therefore you will need to create it to set environment variables for your current user when starting new session.

In this tutorial, we are going to create a .bash_profile to set $JAVA_HOME environment variable.

$ ls ~/.bash_profile
The file /Users/dalanz/.bash_profile does not exist.
cd ~
vim .bash_profile
export JAVA_HOME=$(/usr/libexec/java_home)
source .bash_profile
$ echo $JAVA_HOME
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