just some time ago i installed the OS X Server app on my mac and since this day it always appears server as the chosen directory in my terminal.

But because i dont really like the Server application i just removed it but the server in my terminal is still left. So i wonder now how i can get the default back like users/...

I am running mountain lion on my mac.

I am a real newby to both mac and usage of terminal but i need it know for some work and i just get errors every time i am trying to enter something.

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    what does echo $HOME returns ? Or maybe you have something in you .profile or your .bashrc_profile that changes the Default Working Directory. May 14, 2013 at 23:17
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    If the full prompt is like server:~ username$, you can change the hostname. If it's just server or something, check your ~/.bash_profile.
    – Lri
    May 15, 2013 at 9:21
  • echo home returns /Users/username
    – Bohrnsen
    May 15, 2013 at 10:19
  • What does running pwd show?
    – mmmmmm
    May 15, 2013 at 10:53
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    pwd returns the same /Users/username
    – Bohrnsen
    May 16, 2013 at 22:25

3 Answers 3


Goto your HomeFolder -> Library -> Preferences and delete the file : com.apple.terminal.plist

That should reset the settings on your Terminal

  • I can not find the terminal.plist i.e. it does not exist in my preferences libary
    – Bohrnsen
    May 15, 2013 at 10:22
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    From the Finder menu bar, select Go ▹ Go to Folder and copy the following line into the text box that opens: ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Terminal.plist
    – Jash Jacob
    May 15, 2013 at 15:01
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    I removed it but it does not change anything. Tried to even reboot after removing and install+uninstall the server app but nothing changes.
    – Bohrnsen
    May 16, 2013 at 22:27
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    The file is com.apple.Terminal.plist. Nov 30, 2013 at 20:15

Since you have mentioned that running pwd shows a path not mentioning server, I believe you are mistaking server for being the directory when it is actually the hostname.

OS X Server will change your hostname (by default) to server.<name>.private, so Terminal will show server:~ username$ (in Bash with the default prompt).

To change the hostname, you can use the following command:

sudo scutil --set HostName yourhostname

Replace yourhostname with your preferred hostname

  • This is a way better solution, tried everything delete plist, ps1 but this did the trick. Thankyou!!
    – Ali Sajid
    Apr 9, 2019 at 8:19

System terminal:

defaults delete com.apple.Terminal


defaults delete com.googlecode.iterm2

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