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.vim Use `.gitkeep` to track empty directories May 10, 2017
bin Automate switch to brew-installed Bash May 16, 2016
init .macos: Move Spectacle settings to their own file Aug 14, 2017
.aliases .aliases: Make `mergepdf` preserve hyperlinks Aug 23, 2019
.bash_profile .bash_profile: Update bash-completion sourcing (#864) Apr 25, 2019
.bash_prompt .bash_prompt: Exit early for Chromium/Blink repo Oct 1, 2019
.bashrc Remove some things that I don’t use Jun 7, 2014
.curlrc .curlrc: Add back `connect-timeout` Jan 5, 2015
.editorconfig Add `.editorconfig` Jun 16, 2014
.exports .exports: Add `GPG_TTY` Jun 4, 2017
.functions Normalize `open` across Linux, macOS, and Windows Aug 14, 2018
.gdbinit Add .gdbinit Nov 14, 2014
.gitattributes .gitattributes: Disable normalizing line endings globally Jul 4, 2013
.gitconfig .gitconfig: Simplify `git p` alias Aug 23, 2019
.gitignore Use newlines at EOF consistently Mar 10, 2013
.gvimrc .gvimrc: Don’t blink cursor in normal mode Mar 25, 2015
.hgignore Use newlines at EOF consistently Mar 10, 2013
.hushlogin Use newlines at EOF consistently Mar 10, 2013
.inputrc Use newlines at EOF consistently Mar 10, 2013
.macos .macos: Also disable Java for local domains in Safari (#769) Aug 23, 2019
.osx Rename .osx to .macos Jun 14, 2016
.screenrc .screenrc: Add some more settings Jun 7, 2014
.tmux.conf .tmux.conf: Use Ctrl+A as the prefix key Oct 5, 2018
.vimrc .vimrc: Enable `g:solarized_termtrans` Oct 31, 2014
.wgetrc Use newlines at EOF consistently Mar 10, 2013
LICENSE-MIT.txt Update URLs Aug 22, 2014 README: Update URLs Aug 17, 2017 Rename .osx to .macos Jun 14, 2016 .aliases: Make `mergepdf` preserve hyperlinks Aug 23, 2019

Mathias’s dotfiles

Screenshot of my shell prompt


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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