Ján Vorčák Ján Vorčák - 5 months ago 17x
Linux Question

Execute command without keeping it in history

I want to execute some commands but don't want to store them in the command history. So that nobody will be able to search it in the


Is there any way how to execute bash commands this way?


Start your command with a space and it won't be included in the history.

Be aware that this does require the environment variable $HISTCONTROL to be set.

  • Check that the following command returns ignorespace or ignoreboth

    #> echo $HISTCONTROL
  • To add the environment variable if missing, the following line can be added to the bash profile. E.g. %HOME/.bashrc

    export HISTCONTROL=ignorespace

After sourcing the profile again space prefixed commands will not be written to $HISTFILE