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Create a directory and change into it at the same time

Terminal - Create a directory and change into it at the same time
md () { mkdir -p "$@" && cd "$@"; }
2009-09-24 16:09:19
User: drewk
Functions: cd mkdir
Create a directory and change into it at the same time

How often do you make a directory (or series of directories) and then change into it to do whatever? 99% of the time that is what I do.

This BASH function 'md' will make the directory path then immediately change to the new directory. By using the 'mkdir -p' switch, the intermediate directories are created as well if they do not exist.


There is 1 alternative - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
mkdir /home/foo/doc/bar && cd $_
2011-08-12 11:29:19
User: kzh
Functions: cd mkdir

The biggest advantage of this over the functions is that it is portable.

function mcd() { [ -n "$1" ] && mkdir -p "$@" && cd "$1"; }
2009-05-20 16:41:48
Functions: cd mkdir

I find that I create a directory and then cd into that directory quite often. I found this little function on the internets somewhere and thought I'd share it. Just copy-paste it into you ~/.bash_profile and then `source ~/.bash_profile`.

alias md='mkdir -p'; alias rd='rmdir'; mcd () { mkdir "$@" && cd "$_"; }
2012-08-12 12:54:51
User: expelledboy
Functions: alias cd mcd mkdir

I realise that this is just a reiteration of another entry (regardless of whether I came up with all this all by myself), but I would like present my additional alias' in context as a method of managing your directories. Rather convenient.

echo 'mkcd() { mkdir -p "$@" && cd "$_"; }' >> ~/.bashrc
2010-01-13 09:37:56
User: phaidros
Functions: cd echo mkdir

combines mkdir and cd

added quotes around $_, thanx to flatcap!

function mkdcd () { mkdir "$1" && cd "$1" }

Know a better way?

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What others think

This command does not work if the directory has embedded space:

mcd "foo bar"

To fix:

function md () { mkdir -p "$@" && cd "$@"; }

Comment by haivu 314 weeks and 5 days ago


you are correct and I fixed it...

Comment by drewk 314 weeks and 5 days ago

I would remove the redundant and bash specific "function" keyword. I use this in my .bashrc which I've commented on here:


Comment by pixelbeat 314 weeks and 4 days ago


I usually like to use "function" because it aids interpreting what a function is. I don't have to notice the parens. But it is BASH specific... Liked your web site.

Comment by drewk 314 weeks and 4 days ago

You may want to switch the second one to $_ instead of $@

md() { mkdir "$@" && cd "$_"; }

That way if you want to add some options to mkdir, such as -p to make parents or -m to set mode, they'll get passed to mkdir without blowing up cd.

Comment by splante 213 weeks and 4 days ago

Your point of view

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