Hello, friends. In this post, you will learn how to create and remove Linux Symlinks. It’s simple, and it’s a post oriented to newbies, although you could also serve to the not so newbies to refresh their knowledge.
On Linux, a symlink or a symbolic link is a reference to another file that we use to better organize files and as a shortcut to complicated locations. If you come from Windows, then the direct reference is to say that symlinks are similar to shortcuts.
So, as you can see, it’s simple and let’s go for it.
Creating Linux symlinks
The basic syntax for creating symbolic links on Linux is this
ln -s [target] [symlink]
The reason the
-s option is used is that symlinks on Linux are considered soft-links rather than hard-links. By target, we mean the file or directory to which we want to make the symbolic link.
An example would be
ln -s /home/angelo/Documents/sample.txt sym-sample
This way, everything that we do on
sym-sample.txt will be reflected also in the base file that is
Remember that in this case, I have used an absolute path to define the link target, but you can also use relative paths. This also applies to the
Another very frequent use of symbolic links is to make them to point directly to some directory
ln -s [reference-directory] [link-directory]
ln -s /var ~/Documents/folder
In this case,
~/Documents/folder refers directly to
Remove Linux symlinks
The process of removing symbolic links on Linux is simple since it is a common system file. This means that we can remove them using the rm command.
You can also use the unlink command
unlink [symlink] command
The difference between the two is that
rm is more flexible and allows the use of wildcards and so on.
Thanks to this post, you learned how to create and delete symlinks on Linux in a simple way. I hope you liked it.