BASH_PROFILE file format description

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

1 filename extension(s) found in our database.

.bash_profile - Bash Shell User Profile

The BASH_PROFILE configuration files are related to Bash. The BASH_PROFILE file is a Bash Shell User Profile. 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.

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

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

Can't open a .bash_profile 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, Windows 10, CentOS, Debian GNU/Linux, Ubuntu Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, iOS, Android

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