rc file (dotfile) management
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This is a management suite for dotfiles. See the tutorial to get started quickly.

It assumes that you have a separate dotfiles directory, or are interested in creating one.

The programs provided are rcup(1), mkrc(1), rcdn(1), and lsrc(1). They are explained in the tutorial and configured using rcrc(5).


Arch Linux:



wget -qO - https://apt.thoughtbot.com/thoughtbot.gpg.key | sudo apt-key add -
echo "deb http://apt.thoughtbot.com/debian/ stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/thoughtbot.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install rcm


64-bit Korora 23:

sudo dnf copr enable seeitcoming/rcm fedora-23-x86_64
sudo dnf install rcm

Korora is similar to Fedora but with an additional version and architecture specification. Replace fedora-23-x86_64 as appropriate.

OpenBSD (-current):

doas pkg_add rcm

Fedora 22, 23, 24, 25:

sudo dnf copr enable seeitcoming/rcm
sudo dnf install rcm


sudo pkg install rcm

openSUSE/RHEL/CentOS: instructions

OS X with Homebrew:

brew tap thoughtbot/formulae
brew install rcm

OS X with MacPorts:

port install rcm


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:martin-frost/thoughtbot-rcm
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install rcm


This uses the standard GNU autotools, so it's the normal dance:

curl -LO https://thoughtbot.github.io/rcm/dist/rcm-1.3.1.tar.gz && \

sha=$(sha256 rcm-1.3.1.tar.gz | cut -f1 -d' ') && \
[ "$sha" = "9c8f92dba63ab9cb8a6b3d0ccf7ed8edf3f0fb388b044584d74778145fae7f8f" ] && \

tar -xvf rcm-1.3.1.tar.gz && \
cd rcm-1.3.1 && \

./configure && \
make && \
sudo make install

For more, see INSTALL.


  • rcup(1) is the main program. It is used to install and update dotfiles, with support for tags, host-specific files, and multiple source directories.
  • rcdn(1) is the opposite of rcup(1).
  • mkrc(1) is for introducing a dotfile into your dotfiles directory, with support for tags and multiple source directories.
  • lsrc(1) shows you all your dotfiles and where they would be symlinked to. It is used by rcup(1) but is provided for your own use, too.


Pull requests welcome; see CONTRIBUTING.md.


Copyright 2013 Mike Burns. BSD license. Copyright 2014-2015 thoughtbot. BSD license.

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