What is a .BASH_HISTORY File And How To Open It – The GNU Project (Simple Steps)

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Have you downloaded a file with .bash_history extension, but you are not sure what it is? It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. That’s why you are here! We have made this guide for you to learn more about the .bash_history file extension and how to open it.

What is a .BASH_HISTORY file?

The .BASH_HISTORY file extension comes from Bash History File. The developer of this file extension is The GNU Project. The file has the text format, and it is a system related files.

What to know

There is currently 1 software that can open the .bash_history file on 1 platform.

How to open a .BASH_HISTORY file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .BASH_HISTORY file on your operating system/device.

How to open a .BASH_HISTORY file on Mac

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .bash_history file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Apple Terminal software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .BASH_HISTORY file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Apple Terminal software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

Still cannot open the .BASH_HISTORY file?

If you are still unable to open the .BASH_HISTORY file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .BASH_HISTORY file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .bash_profile – The GNU Project, .bashrc – The GNU Project, .bat – Microsoft, .bau – Sun Microsystems, .bav – RITLABS. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.


In this article you have learned how to open the .BASH_HISTORY file with the Apple Terminal program on Mac.