Based on @holman's dotfiles, but done in bash

jhubert does dotfiles


Heavily borrowed (stolen?) from holman and others, these are the dotfiles that use to configure my system. I’ve modified them all to use bash instead of zsh and added a few additional helpers and aliases that I enjoy.

Please feel free to fork them and use them however you’d like. :)


Run this:

git clone ~/.dotfiles
cd ~/.dotfiles

This will symlink the appropriate files in .dotfiles to your home directory. Everything is configured and tweaked within ~/.dotfiles.

The main file you’ll want to change right off the bat is bash/bash_rc.symlink, which sets up a few paths that’ll be different on your particular machine.

dot is a simple script that installs some dependencies, sets sane OS X defaults, and so on. Tweak this script, and occasionally run dot from time to time to keep your environment fresh and up-to-date. You can find this script in bin/.


Everything’s built around topic areas. If you’re adding a new area to your forked dotfiles — say, “Java” — you can simply add a java directory and put files in there. Anything with an extension of .zsh will get automatically included into your shell. Anything with an extension of .symlink will get symlinked without extension into $HOME when you run script/bootstrap.

what’s inside

A lot of stuff. Seriously, a lot of stuff. Check them out in the file browser above and see what components may mesh up with you. Fork it, remove what you don’t use, and build on what you do use.


There’s a few special files in the hierarchy.

  • bin/: Anything in bin/ will get added to your $PATH and be made available everywhere.
  • topic/*.sh: Any files ending in .sh get loaded into your environment.
  • topic/ Any file named is loaded first and is expected to setup $PATH or similar.
  • topic/ Any file named is loaded last and is expected to setup autocomplete.
  • topic/*.symlink: Any files ending in *.symlink get symlinked into your $HOME. This is so you can keep all of those versioned in your dotfiles but still keep those autoloaded files in your home directory. These get symlinked in when you run script/bootstrap.


I want this to work for everyone; that means when you clone it down it should work for you even though you may not have rbenv installed, for example. That said, I do use this as my dotfiles, so there’s a good chance I may break something if I forget to make a check for a dependency.

If you’re brand-new to the project and run into any blockers, please open an issue on this repository and I’d love to get it fixed for you!


I forked Ryan Bates’ excellent dotfiles for a couple years before the weight of my changes and tweaks inspired me to finally roll my own. But Ryan’s dotfiles were an easy way to get into bash customization, and then to jump ship to zsh a bit later. A decent amount of the code in these dotfiles stem or are inspired from Ryan’s original project.

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