.BASHRC File Recovery

Have files been deleted due to a user’s error or software error? Have you formatted a disk by accident and need to know how to recover the files? Read our .BASHRC file recovery guide for Windows, MacOS, Android and IOS in 2024.

BASHRC File Recovery

What is a .BASHRC file?

Shell file used by Linux and Mac OS X terminal applications; contains setup instructions for the shell, such as declarations for environment variables and default scripts to run; often used for setting user command prompt preferences as well as paths for common directories and program executables.

What Are Common Causes of ".BASHRC" Files Lost or Failure?

There can be several common causes for .bashrc files being lost or failing:

  1. Accidental deletion: Users may accidentally delete the .bashrc file while cleaning up their system or removing unnecessary files.
  2. System updates: During system updates or upgrades, the .bashrc file may get overwritten or replaced with a default version, causing the loss of any custom configurations.
  3. User error: Modifying the .bashrc file without proper knowledge or making incorrect changes can lead to failure or corruption of the file.
  4. Disk or file system errors: If there are issues with the disk or file system where the .bashrc file is located, it may become inaccessible or get corrupted.
  5. Malware or viruses: Malicious software or viruses can infect and damage system files, including the .bashrc file.
  6. User account issues: If there are issues with the user account, such as permissions or ownership problems, it may result in the .bashrc file not being loaded or working correctly.
  7. Configuration conflicts: Conflicts with other configuration files or programs can cause the .bashrc file to fail or not be executed properly.

It is always recommended to have backups of important files like .bashrc to prevent data loss and to be cautious while making changes to the file.

How to recover lost ".BASHRC" files?

Sometimes while working with a computer, laptop or other stationary or mobile devices, you may encounter various bugs, freezes, hardware or software failures, even in spite of regular updates and junk cleaning. As a result, an important ".BASHRC" file may be deleted.

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By no means should you think that the only way to recover a ".BASHRC" file is always to create it once more.

Use programs for recovering ".BASHRC" files if a file was lost after accidental or deliberate deleting, formatting the memory card or the internal storage, cleaning the storage device, after a virus attack or a system failure.

Programs to recover ".BASHRC" files

Looking for a way to get files back? In cases when files were deleted and they cannot be restored by using standard operating system tools, use Hetman Partition Recovery.

The tool recovers data from any devices, regardless of the cause of data loss.

Follow the directions below:

  1. Download Hetman Partition Recovery, install and start the program.

  2. The program will automatically scan the computer and display all hard disks and removable drives connected to it, as well as physical and local disks.

    File Recovery Software
  3. Double-click on the disk from which you need to recover ".BASHRC" files, and select analysis type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Analysis Type
  4. When the scanning is over, you will be shown the files for recovery.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Files that Can be Restored
  5. To find a file you need, use the program’s interface to open the folder it was deleted from, or go to the folder "Content-Aware Analysis" and select the required file type.

    Hetman Partition Recovery - Deep Scan
  6. Select the files you have been looking for and click "Recovery".

    File Recovery Software - Files List for Recovery
  7. Choose one of the methods for saving the files and recover them.

    Saving recovered files in Hetman Partition Recovery

How to open file with ".BASHRC" extension?

Looking for how to open a stereo bash Non-Interactive Login Shell File image file file?

Programs that open ".BASHRC" files

Apple Terminal Apple Terminal
MacroMates TextMate MacroMates TextMate
GNU Bash GNU Bash
GNU Bash GNU Bash

Additional Information

  • File type: Bash Non-Interactive Login Shell File

  • File extension: .BASHRC

  • Developer: The GNU Project

  • Category: System Files

  • Format: Text


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Vladimir Artiukh

Author: Vladimir Artiukh, Technical Writer

Vladimir Artiukh is a technical writer for Hetman Software, as well as the voice and face of their English-speaking YouTube channel, Hetman Software: Data Recovery for Windows. He handles tutorials, how-tos, and detailed reviews on how the company’s tools work with all kinds of data storage devices.

Oleg Afonin

Editor: Oleg Afonin, Technical Writer

Oleg Afonin is an expert in mobile forensics, data recovery and computer systems. He often attends large data security conferences, and writes several blogs for such resources as xaker.ru, Elcomsoft and Habr. In addition to his online activities, Oleg’s articles are also published in professional magazines. Also, Oleg Afonin is the co-author of a well-known book, Mobile Forensics - Advanced Investigative Strategies.


Questions and answers

  • How can I recover a lost or corrupted .bashrc file?

    If you have lost or corrupted your .bashrc file, you can try the following steps to recover it:

    1. Check the Trash/Recycle Bin: If you recently deleted the .bashrc file, it might still be in your computer's trash or recycle bin. Open the trash/recycle bin and search for the file. If you find it, restore it to its original location.
    2. Backup or System Restore: If you have a backup of your system or use version control software like Git, you can try restoring the .bashrc file from a previous backup or commit. Look for the file in your backup storage or use the appropriate commands to restore it.
    3. Generate a new .bashrc file: If you cannot recover the original .bashrc file, you can generate a new one. Open a text editor and create a new file named .bashrc in your home directory. You can use the following command to create the file:


    touch ~/.bashrc


    Copy default .bashrc: If you don't want to create a new .bashrc file from scratch, you can copy the default .bashrc file from the system. Run the following command to copy the default .bashrc file to your home directory:


    cp /etc/skel/.bashrc ~/


    1. Customize the .bashrc file: After generating or copying the .bashrc file, you can open it in a text editor and customize it according to your preferences. Add any aliases, environment variables, or commands that you need.
    2. Source the .bashrc file: Once you have created or copied the .bashrc file, you need to source it to apply the changes. Run the following command to source the file:


    source ~/.bashrc


    Alternatively, you can also restart your terminal for the changes to take effect.

    By following these steps, you should be able to recover or recreate your .bashrc file and restore its functionality.

  • What are the steps to restore the default .bashrc file in Linux?

    To restore the default .bashrc file in Linux, you can follow these steps:

    1. Open a terminal or command prompt.
    2. Navigate to your home directory by running the command: `cd ~`
    3. Check if a backup of the original .bashrc file exists by running the command: `ls -a | grep .bashrc`
    • If you see a file named ".bashrc.bak" or something similar, it means a backup exists.

    Rename the current .bashrc file to create a backup by running the command: `mv .bashrc .bashrc.bak`

    • This step is optional but recommended to keep a backup of your current .bashrc file.

    Copy the default .bashrc file from the /etc/skel directory to your home directory by running the command: `cp /etc/skel/.bashrc ~/`

    • The /etc/skel directory contains the default files that are copied to a new user's home directory.

    Verify that the default .bashrc file has been copied successfully by running the command: `ls -a | grep .bashrc`

    • You should see a file named ".bashrc" in the output.

    If you made any changes to the .bashrc file before, you may need to merge your customizations from the backup file (.bashrc.bak) to the new default .bashrc file.

    • Open both files in a text editor and manually copy the customizations from the backup file to the new file.
    1. Save the changes and exit the text editor.
    2. Restart your terminal or run the command: `source ~/.bashrc` to apply the changes.

    By following these steps, you should be able to restore the default .bashrc file in Linux.

  • Are there any tools or commands available to recover a deleted .bashrc file on macOS?

    Yes, there are a few options to recover a deleted .bashrc file on macOS:

    1. Time Machine: If you have Time Machine enabled, you can use it to restore a previous version of your .bashrc file. Open the Finder, navigate to your home directory, right-click on the .bashrc file, and select "Enter Time Machine." Browse through the snapshots and select the version of .bashrc you want to restore.
    2. Trash: Check your Trash folder to see if the .bashrc file is still there. If it is, simply drag it back to your home directory and rename it to ".bashrc".
    3. File Recovery Software: You can use file recovery software like Disk Drill, Data Rescue, or EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to scan your system for deleted files and potentially recover the .bashrc file. Install one of these tools, follow the instructions to scan your system, and look for the deleted .bashrc file in the results.

    Remember to back up your important files regularly to prevent data loss in the future.

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