How to Reset Shell on Your Mac?

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Are you having trouble resetting the shell on your Mac? Don’t worry, it’s a relatively simple process. In this blog post, we’ll explain how to reset the shell on your Mac and provide some helpful tips along the way.

First of all, what is a shell? A shell is a program that acts as an interface between the user and the underlying operating system. On Mac OS X, the default shell is zsh.

Now let’s get into resetting the shell on your Mac. The first step is to open up Terminal in your Applications folder. Once you’ve opened Terminal, you’ll see a menu bar at the top of your screen. From this menu bar, tap on “Shells open with” and select “Command (complete path)”.

Next, enter the complete path to the shell you want to use. You can find this information by typing “echo $SHELL” into Terminal and press Enter. This will output something like “/bin/bash” which is what you need to enter into “Command (complete path)” in order to reset your shell.

Once you have entered this information, simply restart Terminal and it should be using your new shell! If for some reason it isn’t working correctly, try doing a factory reset of the Terminal by holding down Option+Command+R together until it restarts itself successfully.

We hope that this blog post has helped explain how to reset your shell on Mac OS X! If you have any questions or run into any issues with this process please feel free to reach out for help!

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Factory Resetting a Mac Terminal

To factory reset your Mac Terminal, first, open the Terminal application by searching for it in Spotlight or by finding it in the Applications folder. Once the application is open, select Shell from the menu bar and then press ‘Reset’. Alternatively, you can type in Option+Command+R on your Mac keyboard. This will reset all settings to their default values and will also clear any previous command lines or text. After performing this action, you can start using your Mac Terminal as if it was just newly installed.

Default Shell on Mac

The default shell on Mac is Zsh (Z Shell). Zsh is a Unix shell that provides a wide range of features, including command line editing, completion, spelling correction, and more. It is the default login shell for macOS and can also be used with other Unix-like operating systems. To change the default shell on Mac, open the Terminal app and select Terminal > Settings. Then click General and under “Shells open with,” select “Command (complete path)” and enter the complete path to the shell you want to use.

Does Mac Use Bash or Shell?

Mac OS X comes with the Bourne Again SHell (bash) as the default user shell, making it the most widely used shell on Mac systems. Bash is a member of the sh family of shells, which also includes the TENEX C shell (tcsh), the Korn shell (ksh), and the Z shell (zsh). All of these shells are compatible with sh, the original Bourne shell.


In conclusion, resetting the shell on Mac is a simple and straightforward process. By accessing the Terminal application, tapping on the Shell option in the menu bar, and then selecting “Reset”, you can restore your Mac’s default shell settings. If you want to switch to a different shell for new Terminal windows and tabs, you can do so by accessing the Terminal > Settings menu and selecting “Command (complete path)” next to “Shells open with”. With these steps, you can easily reset your Mac’s shell settings and customize them to your liking.

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Sanjeev Singh

Sanjeev is the tech editor at DeviceMAG. He has a keen interest in all things technology, and loves to write about the latest developments in the industry. He has a passion for quality-focused journalism and believes in using technology to make people's lives better. He has worked in the tech industry for over 15 years, and has written for some of the biggest tech blogs in the world. Sanjeev is also an avid photographer and loves spending time with his family.