In the process of setting up a new Mac, I installed node.js. After the node.js installer finished, it recommended to add /usr/local/share/npm/bin to my path. It turns out there is a very neat way to do this in OS X, the /etc/paths file! The file contains a list (one per line) of paths that are added to the $PATH variable in the shell. Here are some quick directions to add to the path:
Open up Terminal.
Run the following command:
sudo nano /etc/paths
- Enter your password, when prompted.
- Go to the bottom of the file, and enter the path you wish to add.
- Hit control-x to quit.
- Enter “Y” to save the modified buffer.
- That’s it! To test it, in new terminal window, type:
You should see something similar to this (including the path you’ve added!):
MacMini:~ user$ echo $PATH
Here is a screenshot of what my file looks like: