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HomeSetup is a bundle of scripts and dotfiles that will elevate your bash shell experience to another level. There are many improvements and facilities, especially for developers that will ease the usage and highly improve your productivity. Currently we support Bash (v3.4+) for Darwin (MacOS) and Linux. We have plans to add support for Zsh as well.




HomeSetup was created to help users with the command line. The purpose was to create useful and easy-to-use features that speedup daily tasks such as, punching the clock, searching for strings and files, change directories, using git, gradle, docker, etc...

  • Setup most common used configurations automatically.
  • New <tab+shift> complete (using menu-complete) that will cycle though options.
  • Prompt with a mono-spaced font that supports Font-Awesome icons.
  • Package manager helper to help installing application using recipes (not only brew installs).
  • Save your custom dotfiles on a Firebase and download it wherever you go.
  • New visual way to select, choose and input data for your scripts (pure bash code).
  • Dozens of functions to help you configure your terminal and deal with your daily tasks.
  • Highly customizable aliases, so, you dictate what mnemonics you want to use (use your own syntax).
  • All code is licensed under The MIT License, so, you can modify and use freely.
  • Small learning curve and a complete User's Handbook.
  • NEW HomeSetup now works on Linux as well.
  • NEW Try HomeSetup on a docker container before installing on your machine.

Catalina moved from bash to zsh

Latest version of MacOS comes with zsh as the default shell, but you can change it at any time with the following command:

$ sudo chsh -s /bin/bash

If apple decides to remove from next MacOS releases, you can always use Home-Brew's version. In this case, the path is different:

$ brew install bash
$ sudo chsh -s /usr/local/bin/bash

Table of contents



Operating Systems

  • Darwin
    • High Sierra and higher
  • Linux
    • Ubuntu 16 and higher
    • CentOS 7 and higher
    • Fedora 31 and higher

You may want to install HomeSetup on other linux distributions and it will probably work, but there are no guarantees that it WILL ACTUALLY WORK .

Supported Shells

  • Bash: Everything from 3.2.57(1) and higher.
  • Zsh: Zsh is not supported yet.

Required software

The following software are required either to clone the repository, execute the tests and install packages:

Darwin and Linux
  • git v2.20+ : To clone and maintain the code.
  • curl v7.64+ : To make http(s) requests.
  • python v2.7+ or v3.0+ : To run python based scripts.
  • gpg v2.2+: : To enable encryption based functions.
Darwin only
  • brew v2.0+ : To install the required tools.
  • xcode-select v2373+: To install command line tools.

Recommended software

HomeSetup depends on a series of tools. To use some of the features of HomeSetup, the following packages are required:

  • bats v0.4+ : To run the automated tests.
  • perl v5.0+ : To enable perl based functions.
  • dig v9.10+ : To enable networking functions.
  • tree v1.8+ : To enable directory visualization functions.
  • ifconfig v8.43+ : To enable networking functions.

Optional software

There are some tools that are also good to have if you are a developer, HomeSetup provides features to improve using the following tools:

  • docker 19.03+ : To enable docker functions.
  • gradle 4+ : To enable gradle functions.

Terminal setup

HomeSetup requires a font that supports Font-Awesome icons. We suggest you to use the one we provide:

You need to install it on your machine before installing or trying HomeSetup, otherwise, you will see a question mark icon instead of the real icons.

Mac users: We suggest a terminal profile to use (see the below topics).

Linux users: We have checked that some terminals already support icons, if not, you can install it manually.

Terminal App (Darwin)
  • Import the HomeSetup-(14|15)-inch.terminal from "$HHS_HOME/misc" to your Terminal App.
  • Set HomeSetup as the default profile.
iTerm2 App (Darwin)
  • Import the iterm2-terminal-(14|15)-inch.json from "$HHS_HOME/misc" to your iTerm2 App.
  • Set HomeSetup as the default profile.

Try-it first

You can run HomeSetup from a docker container and then decide whether to install it on your machine. To do that, you need to pull the image you want to try:

$ docker run --rm -it yorevs/hhs-centos


$ docker run --rm -it yorevs/hhs-ubuntu


$ docker run --rm -it yorevs/hhs-fedora

Remote installation

This is the recommended installation type. You can install HomeSetup directly from GitHub. To do that use the following command to clone and install:

$ curl -o- | bash


$ wget -qO- | bash

Local installation

Clone the repository using the following command:

$ git clone ~/HomeSetup

And then install dotfiles using the following command:

$ cd ~/HomeSetup && ./install.bash => To install all files


$ cd ~/HomeSetup && ./install.bash -i => To install one by one

Your old dotfiles (.bash*) will be backed up using '.orig' suffix and sent to ~/.hhs folder.

Firebase setup

HomeSetup allows you to use your Firebase account to upload and download your custom files (dotfiles files synchronization) to your Real-time Database. To be able to use this feature, you need first to configure your Google Firebase account.

Create new account

If you have a Google account but do not have a Firebase one, you can do that using your Google credentials.


  1. Create a new Project (HomeSetup).
  2. Create Database (as production mode).
    • Click on Develop -> Database -> Create Database
    • Click on Real-time Database
    • Click on the Rules tab.
      • Change the line from: ".read": false, to ".read": true,.
      • Change the line from: ".write": false, to ".write": true,.
      • Click on the Publish button and accept changes.

Configure account

In order to use your Firebase account with HomeSetup, you will need to configure the read and write permissions as showed on topic 1.3.1..

Access your account from:

Grab you Project ID from the settings Settings menu.

Type in a shell: $ dotfiles --setup

Fill in the information required. You are now ready to use the Firebase features of HomeSetup. Type: $ dotfiles.bash help fb for further information about using it.


If you decide to, you can uninstall all HomeSetup files and restore your old dotfiles. To do that issue the command in a shell: # HomeSetup> ./uninstall.bash

The uninstaller will remove all files and folders related to HomeSetup for good. The only folder that will stay is the ~/.hhs where your configurations were stored. It's safe to delete this folder after the uninstallation of HomeSetup.


HomeSetup provides a User Handbook with all commands and examples of usage. There will also be a video about how to install, configure and all available features demo.

Dotfiles in this project

The following files will be added when installing this project:

~/.bashrc # Bash resources init
~/.bash_profile # Profile bash init
~/.bash_aliases # All defined aliases
~/.bash_prompt # Enhanced shell prompt
~/.bash_env # Environment variables
~/.bash_colors # All defined color related stuff
~/.bash_functions # Scripting functions

The following directory will be linked to your HOME folder:

~/bin # Includes all useful script provided by the project

If this folder already exists, the install script will copy all files into it.

To override or add customized stuff, you need to create a custom file as follows:

~/.colors           : To customize your colors
~/.env              : To customize your environment variables
~/.aliases          : To customize your aliases
~/.prompt           : To customize your prompt
~/.functions        : To customize your functions
~/.profile          : To customize your profile
~/.path             : To customize your paths
~/.aliasdef         : To customize your alias definitions


HomeSetup will provide many useful aliases (shortcuts) to your terminal:


ALIAS Equivalent Description
... cd ... Change-back two previous directories
.... cd .... Change-back three previous directories
..... cd ..... Change-back four previous directories
~ cd ~ Change the current directory to HOME dir
- cd - Change the current directory to the previous dir
? pwd Display the current directory path


ALIAS Description
q Short for `exit 0' from terminal
sudo Enable aliases to be sudo’ed
ls Always use color output for ls
l List all files colorized in long format
lsd List all directories in long format
ll List all files colorized in long format, including dot files
lll List all .dotfiles colorized in long format
lld List all .dotfolders colorized in long format
grep Always enable colored grep output
egrep Always enable colored fgrep output
fgrep Always enable colored egrep output
rm By default rm will prompt for confirmation and will be verbose
cp By default cp will prompt for confirmation and will be verbose
mv By default mv will prompt for confirmation and will be verbose
df Make df command output pretty and human readable format
du Make du command output pretty and human readable format
psg Make ps command output pretty and human readable format
vi Use vim instead of vi if installed
more more will interpret escape sequences
less less will interpret escape sequences
mount Make `mount' command output pretty and human readable format
cpu top shortcut ordered by cpu
mem top shortcut ordered by Memory
week Date&Time - Display current week number
now Date&Time - Display current date and time
ts Date&Time - Display current timestamp
time-ms Date&Time - Display current time in millis
wget If wget is not available, use curl instead
ps1 Make PS1 prompt active
ps2 Make PS2 prompt active

HomeSetup (HHS)

ALIAS Description
__hhs_vault Shortcut for hhs vault plug-in
__hhs_hspm Shortcut for hhs hspm plug-in
__hhs_firebase Shortcut for hhs firebase plug-in
__hhs_hhu Shortcut for hhs updater plug-in
__hhs_reload Reload HomeSetup
__hhs_clear Clear and reset all cursor attributes and IFS
__hhs_reset Clear the screen and reset the terminal
__hhs_open Use the assigned app to open a file

Tool aliases

ALIAS Description
jenv_set_java_home Jenv - Set JAVA_HOME using jenv
cleanup-db Dropbox - Recursively delete Dropbox conflicted files from the current directory
encode Shortcut for base64 encode

OS Specific aliases


ALIAS Description
cpu `top' shortcut ordered by CPU%
mem `top' shortcut ordered by MEM%
ised Same as sed -i'' -r
esed Same as sed -r
decode Shortcut for base64 decode
apt Same as apt-get


ALIAS Description
cpu `top' shortcut ordered by CPU%
mem `top' shortcut ordered by MEM%
ised Same as sed -i '' -E
esed Same as sed -E
decode Shortcut for base64 decode
cleanup-ds Delete all .DS_store files recursively
flush Flush Directory Service cache
cleanup-reg Clean up LaunchServices to remove duplicates in the "Open With" menu
show-files Show hidden files in Finder
hide-files Hide hidden files in Finder
show-deskicons Show all desktop icons
hide-deskicons Hide all desktop icons
hd Canonical hex dump; some systems have this symlinked
md5sum If md5sum is not available, use md5 instead`
sha1 If sha1 is not available, use shasum instead`

Handy Terminal Shortcuts

ALIAS Description
show-cursor Make terminal cursor visible
hide-cursor Make terminal cursor invisible
save-cursor-pos Save terminal cursor position
restore-cursor-pos Restore terminal cursor position
enable-line-wrap Enable terminal line wrap
disable-line-wrap Disable terminal line wrap
enable-echo Enable terminal echo
disable-echo Disable terminal echo
reset-cursor-attrs Reset all terminal cursor attributes
save-screen Save the current terminal screen
restore-screen Restore the saved terminal screen

Python aliases

ALIAS Description
calc Evaluate mathematical expressions
urle URL-encode strings
urld URL-decode strings
uuid Generate a random UUID

Perl aliases

ALIAS Description
clean_escapes Remove escape (\EscXX) codes from text
clipboard Copy to clipboard pbcopy required

Git aliases

ALIAS Description
__hhs_git_status Git - Enhancement for git status
__hhs_git_fetch Git - Shortcut for git fetch
__hhs_git_history Git - Shortcut for git log
__hhs_git_branch Git - Shortcut for git branch
__hhs_git_diff Git - Shortcut for git diff
__hhs_git_pull Git - Shortcut for git pull
__hhs_git_log Git - Enhancement for git log
__hhs_git_checkout Git - Shortcut for git checkout
__hhs_git_add Git - Shortcut for git add
__hhs_git_commit Git - Shortcut for git commit
__hhs_git_amend Git - Shortcut for git commit amend
__hhs_git_pull_rebase Git - Shortcut for git pull rebase
__hhs_git_push Git - Shortcut for git push
__hhs_git_show Git - Enhancement for git diff-tree
__hhs_git_difftool Git - Enhancement for git difftool

Gradle aliases

ALIAS Description
__hhs_gradle_build Gradle - Enhancement for gradle build
__hhs_gradle_run Gradle - Enhancement for gradle bootRun
__hhs_gradle_test Gradle - Shortcut for gradle Test
__hhs_gradle_init Gradle - Shortcut for gradle init
__hhs_gradle_quiet Gradle - Shortcut for gradle -q
__hhs_gradle_wrapper Gradle - Shortcut for gradle wrapper
__hhs_gradle_projects Gradle - Displays all available gradle projects
__hhs_gradle_tasks Gradle - Displays all available gradle project tasks

Docker aliases

ALIAS Description
__hhs_docker_images Docker - Enhancement for docker images
__hhs_docker_service Docker - Shortcut for docker service
__hhs_docker_remove Docker - Shortcut for docker container rm
__hhs_docker_remove_image Docker - Shortcut for docker rmi
__hhs_docker_ps Docker - Enhancement for docker ps
__hhs_docker_top Docker - Enhancement for docker stats
__hhs_docker_ls Docker - Enhancement for docker container ls
__hhs_docker_up Enhancement for `docker compose up
__hhs_docker_down Shortcut for `docker compose stop


HomeSetup provides many functions for the shell. All functions includes a help using the options -h or --help.

Standard tools

The complete handbook of standard tools can be found on the functions handbook

File Function Purpose
bash_aliases.bash __hhs_has Check if a command is available on the current shell session.
__hhs_alias Check if an alias does not exists and create it, otherwise ignore it
hhs-aliases.bash __hhs_aliases Manipulate custom aliases (add/remove/edit/list)
hhs-built-ins.bash __hhs_random_number Generate a random number int the range (all limits included)
__hhs_ascof Display the decimal ASCII representation of a character
__hhs_utoh Convert unicode to hexadecimal
hhs-command.bash __hhs_command Add/Remove/List/Execute saved bash commands
hhs-dirs.bash __hhs_change_dir Replace the build-in 'cd' with a more flexible one.
__hhs_changeback_ndirs Change back the shell working directory by N directories
__hhs_dirs Replace the build-in 'dirs' with a more flexible one
__hhs_list_tree List all directories recursively (Nth level depth) as a tree
__hhs_save_dir Save the one directory to be loaded by load
__hhs_load_dir Pushd into a saved directory previously issued by save
__hhs_godir Search and pushd into the first match of the specified directory name
__hhs_mkcd Create all folders using a dot notation path and immediately change into it
hhs-files.bash __hhs_ls_sorted List files and sort by the specified column
__hhs_del_tree Move files recursively to the Trash
hhs-mchoose.bash __hhs_mchoose Choose options from a list using a navigable menu
hhs-minput.bash __hhs_minput_curpos Retrieve the current cursor position on screen
__hhs_minput Provide a terminal form input with validation checking
hhs-mselect.bash __hhs_mselect Select an option from a list using a navigable menu
hhs-network.bash __hhs_active_ifaces Display a list of active network interfaces
__hhs_ip Display the associated machine IP of the given kind
__hhs_ip_info Get information about the specified IP
__hhs_ip_lookup Lookup DNS entries to determine the IP address
__hhs_ip_resolve Resolve domain names associated with the specified IP
__hhs_port_check Check the state of local port(s)
hhs-paths.bash __hhs_paths Print each PATH entry on a separate line
hhs-profile-tools.bash __hhs_activate_nvm Lazy load helper to activate NVM for the terminal
__hhs_activate_rvm Lazy load helper to activate RVM for the terminal
__hhs_activate_jenv Lazy load helper to activate Jenv for the terminal
__hhs_activate_docker Lazy load helper to start Docker-Daemon for the terminal
hhs-punch.bash __hhs_punch Punch the Clock. Add/Remove/Edit/List clock punches
hhs-search.bash __hhs_search_file Search for files and links to files recursively
__hhs_search_dir Search for directories and links to directories recursively
__hhs_search_string Search for strings matching the specified criteria in files recursively
hhs-security.bash __hhs_encrypt_file Encrypt file using GPG
__hhs_decrypt_file Decrypt file using GPG
hhs-shell-utils.bash __hhs_history Search for previous issued commands from history using filters
__hhs_envs Display all environment variables using filters
__hhs_shell_select Select a shell from the existing shell list
__hhs_color_palette Terminal color palette test
hhs-sys-utils.bash __hhs_sysinfo Display relevant system information
__hhs_process_list Display a process list matching the process name/expression
__hhs_process_kill Kills ALL processes specified by name
__hhs_partitions Exhibit a Human readable summary about all partitions
hhs-taylor.bash __hhs_tailor Tail a log using colors and patterns specified on .tailor file
hhs-text.bash __hhs_errcho Echo a message in red color and to stderr
__hhs_highlight Highlight words from the piped stream
__hhs_json_print Pretty print (format) JSON string
__hhs_edit Create and/or open a file using the default editor or vi if not set
hhs-toolcheck.bash __hhs_toolcheck Check whether a tool is installed on the system
__hhs_version Check the version of the app using the most common ways
__hhs_tools Check whether a list of development tools are installed or not
__hhs_about_command Display information about the given command

Development tools

The complete handbook of development tools can be found here

File Function Purpose
hhs-docker-tools.bash __hhs_docker_count Return the number of active docker containers
__hhs_docker_exec Run a command or bash in a running container
__hhs_docker_compose_exec This is the equivalent of docker exec, but for docker-compose
__hhs_docker_info Display information about the container
__hhs_docker_logs Fetch the logs of a container
__hhs_docker_remove_volumes Remove all docker volumes not referenced by any containers (dangling)
__hhs_docker_kill_all Stop, remove and remove dangling (active?) volumes of all docker containers
hhs-git-tools.bash __hhs_git_branch_previous Checkout the previous branch in history (skips branch-to-same-branch changes)
__hhs_git_branch_all Get the current branch name of all repositories from the base search path
__hhs_git_status_all Get the status of current branch of all repositories from the base search path
__hhs_git_show_file_diff Display a file diff comparing the version between the first and second commit IDs
__hhs_git_show_file_contents Display the contents of a file from specific commit ID
__hhs_git_show_changes List all changed files from a commit ID
__hhs_git_branch_select Select and checkout a local or remote branch
__hhs_git_pull_all Search and pull projects from the specified path using the given repository/branch
hhs-gradle-tools.bash __hhs_gradle Prefer using the wrapper instead of the command itself


HomeSetup provides useful applications that can be used directly from shell. It is also added to your PATH variable. The complete handbook of development tools can be found here

Bash apps

Application Purpose
app-commons.bash Commonly used bash code functions and variables that you may include it on your bash scripts.
check-ip.bash Validate and check information about a specified IP.
fetch.bash Fetch REST APIs data easily.
hhs.bash HomeSetup application.

Python apps

Function Purpose Report system memory usage. Find an object from the Json string or file. Pretty print (format) an xml file. Print a backslash (4 digits) unicode character E.g:. \uf118. IP Message Sender. Sends TCP/UDP messages (multi-threaded). Simple app to do mathematical calculations with time.

Alias definitions

You can customize most of HomeSetup aliases by editing your file ~/.aliasdef. When you first install HomeSetup, this file will be automatically generated for you. Further updates may require this file to be updated. We always keep a backup of this file, so, you can preserve your customizations, but this process has to be manual.

The original content and aliases are defined on the original aliasdef file.

HomeSetup Application

HomeSetup application is a bundle of scripts and functions to extend the terminal features. There are plug-able scripts and functions to be incorporated into the app.

HHS plugins

Plug-in Purpose
updater Update manager for HomeSetup.
firebase Manager for HomeSetup Firebase integration.
hspm Manage your development tools using installation/uninstallation recipes.
vault This application is a vault for secrets and passwords.

HHS functions

Function Purpose
help Provide a help for __hhs functions.
list List all HHS App Plug-ins and Functions.
tests Execute all HomeSetup automated tests.
funcs Search for all hhs functions describing it's containing file name and line number.
board Open the HomeSetup GitHub project board for the current version.
host-name Retrieve/Get/Set the current hostname.

Auto completions

In addition to the normal bash complete, HomeSetup comes with another <shift+tab> complete. With this, you can iterate over the options provided by the complete function instead of just displaying them.

Bash completions

File Purpose
brew-completion.bash Bash completion file for HomeBrew commands
docker-completion.bash Bash completion file for core docker commands.
docker-compose-completion.bash Bash completion for docker-compose commands.
docker-machine-completion.bash Bash completion file for docker-machine commands.
git-completion.bash Bash/zsh completion support for core Git.
gradle-completion.bash Bash and Zsh completion support for Gradle.
helm-completion.bash Bash completion for helm.
hhs-completion.bash Bash completion for HomeSetup.
kubectl-completion.bash Bash completion for kubectl.
pcf-completion.bash Bash completion for Cloud Foundry CLI.


You can contact us using our Gitter community or using our Reddit.

Support HomeSetup

You can support HomeSetup by donating or coding. Fell free to contact me for details. When contributing with code change please take a look at our guidelines and code of conduct.

Final notes

HomeSetup will fetch for update automatically every 7 days from the installation on.

To manually keep your HomeSetup updated, run $ hhs updater execute. This will install the latest HomeSetup version.


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