I installed oh-my-zsh to make terminal use a bit easier. One thing that bugs me though is the prolific aliases added by it, like "ga", "gap", "gcmsg", "_", which are harder to remember than the original command, and pollutes the command hash table.

So is there a way to disable aliases altogether? Or a way to clear all aliases so that I can put it in my .zshrc?


If you don't want any of oh-my-zsh's aliases, but you want to keep other aliases, you can save the aliases before loading oh-my-zsh

save_aliases=$(alias -L)

and restore them afterwards.

eval $save_aliases; unset save_aliases

If you want to remove all aliases at some point, you can use unalias -m '*' (remove all aliases matching *, i.e. all of them).

If you absolutely hate aliases and don't want to ever see one, you can make the alias builtin inoperative: unalias -m '*'; alias () { : }. Or you can simply turn off alias expansion with setopt no_aliases.


You can use unalias with -m option:

unalias -m '*'

to delete all defined aliases

  • When I append this line to .zshrc, there is still one alias globurl='noglob urlglobber ' left. Any idea why? – Siyuan Ren Oct 14 '14 at 8:46
  • Maybe it's loaded after unalias ran. ,Maybe you should put the unalias command at the end of your .zshrc – cuonglm Oct 14 '14 at 8:47
  • I did put it at the end. That is why it is so confusing. – Siyuan Ren Oct 14 '14 at 8:55
  • What is output of zstyle? – cuonglm Oct 14 '14 at 9:09
  • See gist.github.com/netheril96/70be43f8627eea5603f1 for the zstyle output. – Siyuan Ren Oct 14 '14 at 9:16

If you only want to remove the git aliases, I recommend one of the following two choices:

  1. Change ~/.oh-my-zsh/plugins/git/git.plugin.zsh by removing all the aliases at the bottom

  2. Make a copy of that plugin (recommended location: ~/.oh-my-zsh/custom/plugins/git-noalias/git-noalias.plugin.zsh), edit that copy to not have the aliases, and then change your ~/.zshrc to do plugins=(git-noalias) instead of plugins=(git).

This will give you all the benefits of the plugin (I'm not sure what they are but they may be related to the automatic Git status/branch information displayed within Git folders) without the aliases.

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