How to find application's path from command line?

For example, I have git installed on my system.
But I don’t remember where I installed it, so which command is fit to find this out?

Asked By: Anders Lind


whereis git and you get the path to the command.

that is just if the git is in you PATH variable, in case you have installed it not through you package manager, it is more complex and you should use the find or locate commands.

Answered By: Hanan N.

To get the path to the installed program you either use whereis or which. If you happen to forget it’s name, you can useapropos with a synonym or description of your utility, e.g. apropos "version control" will find git. Following that is of course the whatis command to briefly summarize the function of a program. This does however not apply to all programs and functions on your system. Try for instance whatis "the meaning of life, universe and everything".

Answered By: user13742

If it is in your path, then you can run either type git or which git. The which command has had problems getting the proper path (confusion between environment and dot files). For type, you can get just the path with the -p argument.

If it is not in your path, then it’s best to look for it with locate -b git It will find anything named ‘git’. It’ll be a long list, so might be good to qualify it with locate -b git | fgrep -w bin.

Answered By: Arcege

The other answers here seem to be largely geared towards modern versions of Linux, so if you happen to use git on an OS that doesn’t have locate, whereis, which, or apropos (like Solaris, HPUX, etc), then there is always the old standby find.

find / -name git 

One some older versions of the systems listed above, you may need a -print option supplied to find.

find / -name git -print

And if you do use locate, make sure you run updatedb periodically. (locate.updatedb on some BSD derivatives)

Answered By: Tim Kennedy

The POSIX standard way to do this is command -v git. All UNIX-like systems should support this.

Answered By: Richard Hansen
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