Aliases (xonsh.aliases)

Aliases for the xonsh shell.

class xonsh.aliases.AWitchAWitch(option_strings, version=None, dest='==SUPPRESS==', default='==SUPPRESS==', **kwargs)[source]
class xonsh.aliases.Aliases(*args, **kwargs)[source]

Represents a location to hold and look up aliases.

clear() → None. Remove all items from D.
eval_alias(value, seen_tokens=frozenset(), acc_args=())[source]

“Evaluates” the alias value, by recursively looking up the leftmost token and “expanding” if it’s also an alias.

A value like [“cmd”, “arg”] might transform like this: > [“cmd”, “arg”] -> [“ls”, “-al”, “arg”] -> callable() where cmd=ls -al and ls is an alias with its value being a callable. The resulting callable will be “partially applied” with [“-al”, “arg”].


Expands any aliases present in line if alias does not point to a builtin function and if alias is only a single command.

get(key, default=None)[source]

Returns the (possibly modified) value. If the key is not present, then default is returned. If the value is callable, it is returned without modification. If it is an iterable of strings it will be evaluated recursively to expand other aliases, resulting in a new list or a “partially applied” callable.

items() → a set-like object providing a view on D's items
keys() → a set-like object providing a view on D's keys
pop(k[, d]) → v, remove specified key and return the corresponding value.

If key is not found, d is returned if given, otherwise KeyError is raised.

popitem() → (k, v), remove and return some (key, value) pair

as a 2-tuple; but raise KeyError if D is empty.

setdefault(k[, d]) → D.get(k,d), also set D[k]=d if k not in D
update(*args, **kwargs)[source]
values() → an object providing a view on D's values

Determines the correct invokation to get xonsh’s pip


Creates a new default aliases dictionary.

xonsh.aliases.showcmd(args, stdin=None)[source]

usage: showcmd [-h|–help|cmd args]

Displays the command and arguments as a list of strings that xonsh would run in subprocess mode. This is useful for determining how xonsh evaluates your commands and arguments prior to running these commands.

optional arguments:
-h, --help show this help message and exit
>>> showcmd echo $USER can't hear "the sea"
['echo', 'I', "can't", 'hear', 'the sea']
xonsh.aliases.source_alias(args, stdin=None)[source]

Executes the contents of the provided files in the current context. If sourced file isn’t found in cwd, search for file along $PATH to source instead.

xonsh.aliases.source_cmd(args, stdin=None)[source]

Simple cmd.exe-specific wrapper around source-foreign.

xonsh.aliases.source_foreign(args, stdin=None)[source]

Sources a file written in a foreign shell language.

xonsh.aliases.trace(args, stdin=None)[source]

Runs the xonsh tracer utility.

xonsh.aliases.xexec(args, stdin=None)[source]

exec [-h|–help] command [args...]

exec (also aliased as xexec) uses the os.execvpe() function to replace the xonsh process with the specified program. This provides the functionality of the bash ‘exec’ builtin:

>>> exec bash -l -i
bash $

The ‘-h’ and ‘–help’ options print this message and exit.


This command is not the same as the Python builtin function exec(). That function is for running Python code. This command, which shares the same name as the sh-lang statement, is for launching a command directly in the same process. In the event of a name conflict, please use the xexec command directly or dive into subprocess mode explicitly with ![exec command]. For more details, please see

xonsh.aliases.xonfig(args, stdin=None)[source]

Runs the xonsh configuration utility.

xonsh.aliases.xonsh_exit(args, stdin=None)[source]

Sends signal to exit shell.