In zsh, when I enter which git it shows:

git: aliased to noglob git

How do I find out which git binary it actually invokes? (eg: /usr/bin/git vs ~/bin/git). Basically I want to bypass the aliases when I use which.

  • Have you tried whereis?
    – VaTo
    Jun 22, 2015 at 4:56
  • @SaulOrtega Didn't know about whereis before. Looks like whereis -b git lists all the git binaries in $PATH.
    – thameera
    Jun 22, 2015 at 8:53

2 Answers 2


For zsh, which is shorthand for whence -c, and supports other whence options. In particular:

-p   Do a path search for name even if it is an alias, 
     reserved word, shell function or builtin.


$ which  git  
git: aliased to noglob git
$ which -p git


 /usr/bin/which git

it should give you some file path, probably /usr/bin/git

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