GNU Utils on MacOS

Install newer bash on MacOS

$ brew install bash
$ which -a bash

Append this line to /etc/shells:


Change default shell to new installed bash, for your user and the root user:

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

At this point, we have:

  • /bin/bash

  • /usr/local/bin/bash

That is, the old bash is still there. If you start shell scripts with this shebang line, you’ll be using the old bash:

old bash shebang


But don’t use the shebang of #!/usr/local/bin/bash, as this would fail on other unix machines (Linux, BSD, etc.) Instead, use this:

recommended shebang
#!/usr/bin/env bash