I’ve tried editing /etc/bashrc_Apple_Terminal as well as adding files such as .bash_profiles, etc to my home folder but my session history keeps showing - when I open terminal, it will open 3 windows with its history. What to do? Thanks!

Edit: SHELL_SESSION_HISTORY=0 does not work as well

  • Adding SHELL_SESSION_HISTORY=0 to ~/bash_profile, (note there's no s on the end of profile as shown in your question), works for me with macOS High Sierra. You do have to either source the ~/bash_profile or close and reopen Terminal for the change to take. What version of macOS are you running? – user3439894 Dec 30 '18 at 16:31

If you want to discard your Terminal state, you have to quit with holding the Alt key. The menu will change from "Quit Terminal" to "Quit and close all windows".

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You can also make it effective with the "normal" quit Cmd + Q, this way:

  1. Open your terminal
  2. Delete the content of the saved state folder: rm -rf ~/Library/Saved\ Application\ State/com.apple.Terminal.savedState/*
  3. Lock the folder: chflags uchg ~/Library/Saved\ Application\ State/com.apple.Terminal.savedState/
  4. Now, every time you quit your terminal, it won't be saved

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