How-to Edit/Amend/Set the User PATH on Debian Linux Easy Guide for Beginners

January 19th, 2016 by thelinuxevangelist

PATH Set-Up on Debian Linux

The Linux Tutorial Shows You Step-by-Step How-to Edit/Amend/Configure/Set-Up/Append-to the User PATH Environment Variable for Debian 6-Squeeze/7-Wheezy/8-Jessie/9-Stretch GNU/Linux.

The PATH environment variable tells Linux where to look for binary files and executable programs in the system.

How-to Edit/Amend/Set-Up/Configure PATH for Debian Linux - Featured

  1. Open a Shell Terminal emulator window
    (Press “Enter” to Execute Commands)

    How-to Edit/Amend/Set-Up/Configure PATH for Debian Linux - Debian Gnome3 Open Terminal
  2. Now there are 2 Ways for Including into the PATH

    • First to Insert quickly a Single Binary into the PATH You can simply Make a Symlink to it with

      sudo ln -s /[path/2/myBinary] /usr/local/bin/

      If Got “User is Not in Sudoers file” then Look: Solution

      sudo ln -s /opt/eclipse/eclipse /usr/local/bin/

      Then Try if Linux Found it with:

      which [myBinary]

      But if You Do Not have SuperUser Privileges First Append to the PATH a Target inside Your Home following the Step Below and then for each New Entry:

      ln -s /[path/2/myBinary] ~/bin/
    • Else to Append Multiples Binaries from a Directory into the PATH then Edit the Variable on the Bash Configuration File
      nano ~/.bashrc

      Append something like:

      export PATH=$PATH:[/path/2/myNewBinaries]

      Or if they are somewere Preminents include its on Top of the queue with:

      export PATH=[/path/2/myNewBinaries]:$PATH

      For Example:

      export PATH=/home/bob/Android/Sdk/tools:$PATH

      To Save the Changes and Exit Hit Ctrl+x ;)
      Then to Load the New PATH simply:


      Check it’s Working:

      which [myBinary]
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