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Create Symlink in Linux Terminal

Symlinks (also known as ‘symbolic’ or ‘soft’ links) are special type of files which reference to another folder or file.

Here is how to create a symlink from Linux terminal:

Open Linux Terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and run the following command:

$ ln -s original_file_path new_symlink_file_path

Then you can verify the create soft link by running the following command:

$ ls -l original_file_path new_symlink_file_path

Here is an example:

Assume we have a git repository for a WordPress Plugin (/home/tishonator/tishonator_git/plugins/fancy-slider) where we store its files and we have a local WordPress installation.

In order to be able to use the plugin on local WordPress site, we need to upload plugins files to /var/www/html/wp-content/plugins/fancy-slider

Instead of copy-paste files, we can create a softlink on WordPress plugins folder which is a reference to the git repository folder:

$ ln -s /home/tishonator/tishonator_git/plugins/fancy-slider /var/www/html/wp-content/plugins/fancy-slider

About the Author

Tihomir Ivanov is a WordPress and Salesforce Commerce Cloud (SFCC) developer, founder of tishonator.com, a fan of Linux and Open Source, Minimalism (in Design and Life), Sci-fi, Fantasy, Classic and History books :)

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