0alias(1) create quick scripts to run 0launch




Having to keep typing the full URI for a program each time you want to run it with 0launch is annoying. 0alias will create a little script in your PATH to do it for you.

Note: the newer "0install add" command provides a more efficient alternative to using aliases.


A program can be invoked using 0launch:

0launch http://rox.sourceforge.net/2005/interfaces/Edit

To avoid having to keep entering the URI, create an alias:

0alias rox-edit http://rox.sourceforge.net/2005/interfaces/Edit

To run Edit now:


To select a different version, or check for updates:

0alias rox-edit

If an interface provides more than one program, you can specify which one to use instead of the default. e.g.

0alias svn http://example.com/subversion

0alias svnadmin http://example.com/subversion svnadmin

(this is for older programs that use MAIN; for newer programs you may need to use --command instead)


-c=COMMAND, --command=COMMAND
The generated script will execute COMMAND rather than the default ("run").

-d=DIR, --dir=DIR
Install the script into directory DIR, rather than searching for a suitable directory in $PATH.

-h, --help
Show the built-in help text.

-m, --manpage
Display the manpage for the alias script given as the single argument. The alias can be an absolute pathname, or the name of a script in $PATH. If the argument isn't an alias script, or if multiple arguments are given, then all arguments are passed to the system 'man' command. This allows you to alias your man command like this:

alias man='0alias --manpage'

-r, --resolve
Print the interface URI for the given alias script to stdout.

-V, --version
Display version information.


Copyright (C) 2012 Thomas Leonard.

You may redistribute copies of this program under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License.


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The Zero Install Injector was created by Thomas Leonard.