BASH_HISTORY file format description

Many people share .bash_history files without attaching instructions on how to use it. Yet it isn’t evident for everyone which program a .bash_history file can be edited, converted or printed with. On this page, we try to provide assistance for handling .bash_history files.

1 filename extension(s) found in our database.

.bash_history - Bash History Data

The BASH_HISTORY data files are related to Bash. The BASH_HISTORY file is a Bash History Data. Bash (Bourne Again SHell) is a Unix shell and command language written by Brian Fox for the GNU Project as a free software replacement for the Bourne shell.

Data files
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Bash History Data related extensions:
Bash Configuration
Bash Login Script
Bash Logout Script
Bash Shell User Profile
Bash Shell Profile
Unix Shell Script

Naturally, other applications may also use the .bash_history file extension. Even harmful programs can create .bash_history files. Be especially cautious with .bash_history files coming from an unknown source!

Can't open a .bash_history file?

When you double-click a file to open it, Windows examines the filename extension. If Windows recognizes the filename extension, it opens the file in the program that is associated with that filename extension. When Windows does not recognize a filename extension, you receive the following message:

Windows can't open this file:


To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it. Windows can go online to look it up automatically, or you can manually select one from a list of programs that are installed on your computer.

To avoid this error, you need to set the file association correctly.

Operating systems currently supports the following operating systems:

Windows XP/Vista, Windows 7/8/10, Windows 11, CentOS, Debian GNU/Linux, Ubuntu Linux, FreeBSD, macOS, Mac OS X, iOS, Android

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