Linux Tip: Here’s how to hide Computer name and Username in Terminal Command Prompt


  • This article shares you the guide how to remove username and computer name from Terminal screen.
  • Although this article is made based on Ubuntu, however the same steps should work for other Linux distros.
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Each time you open Terminal, by default you would see your username and your computer name appear on the Terminal screen. While showing the username and computer name are good so that you know exactly which computer you are logging into and which username you are using to log into the computer, but if you plan to make something like tutorial where you will share your Terminal screen to the whole world, having both your computer and user ID on the Terminal screen are not really a good idea. Now, let me show you the simple way if you want to get rid of the username and computer name from the Terminal screen.

Linux Terminal Showing Username and Computer name
Linux Terminal Showing Username and Computer name

Here’s how you can hide your Computer Name and Username in Terminal Window

Tested on following Linux distro, so if you are using different distros / version, your steps may be slightly different. But fret not, in case you have any questions, I’ll try my best to answer and assist.

OS: Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish)
Kernel: Linux 5.15.0-46-generic.

Follow these simple steps to hide your computer name and username in Terminal screen.

Step 1) Open bashrc

Type in the following command and press Enter:

nano  ~/.bashrc 

This will open bashrc file in edit mode.

Step 2) Alter the PS1 variable

Scroll to the bottom of .bashrc file, then at the very bottom, press Enter to create a new line then add:

export PS1=”\W \$”

Linux Terminal bashrc edit
Linux Bashrc – adding export PS1 statement to remove username and computer name from Terminal screen

Step 3) Save bashrc

Using nano editor, press Ctrl+X then press “Y” to save the file.

When asked for saving into which file name confirmation, press Enter to save to the same bashrc file.

Step 4) Restart Terminal

Simply close your current Terminal window and reopen a new Terminal window.

Linux Terminal remove username and computer name
Linux Terminal is no longer showing username and computer name

You should now see the Terminal screen will no longer showing your username and computer name on it.

Bring it all together

Another day another Linux tips, this time is about removing your username and computer name from the Terminal screen. The steps are pretty simple and easy to be done, so if you plan to share some screenshot to anyone else, ensure you have done the steps mentioned above. In case you have queries or are facing difficulties, don’t hesitate to put your issues or thoughts down below on the comment section. I’ll be happy to assist!

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3 thoughts on “Linux Tip: Here’s how to hide Computer name and Username in Terminal Command Prompt

  • January 23, 2023 at 11:45 am

    after i did this, the git branch stop appearing in the terminal too =/

  • June 13, 2023 at 6:24 pm

    It work. Thankyou!


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