PATH is an environment variable, available on most platforms. It contains a list of directories to search for executable programs invoked on the command line. Trying to invoke a program or command from the command line and getting "Command not found", is an indication that your PATH variable doesn't contain the path to the command in question.
Adding a directory to your PATH
- Search for "environment variable" and choose "Edit the system environment variables"
- Click "Environment variables"
- In the new window ("Environment variables") mark the row "Path" in the lower part of the window (see picture below) and click "Edit"
- Press "New" and fill in the PATH you wish to add to your PATH variable. In the picture below we've added
C:\ Program Files\gedit\binwhich is the directory where the Gedit editor is installed.
- Click OK
Note: if you'reusing cygwin the changes in PATH will have effect when cygwin is started. This means that you may have to restart cygwin
MacOS and GNU/Linux
Open up the file
~/.bashrc and add the following line at the end of the file
The example above will add the directory
/new/dir/to/add to your PATH. The change will occur next time you start bash.
Note: there are other better ways of doing this but this will work on both MacOS and GNU/Linux and requires no logout/login.