Check if program exists

Last update in 2/2020

To check if program exist you can use this simple command:

command -v nvim

It will return path to executable, but it won't be needed for this purpose. What we actually want from that command is its status code so we can pipe unwanted output to /dev/null.

Following example is in bash, but zsh and fish will work the same way, just with different syntax for if statement.

if command -v nvim >/dev/null; then
# do something
fi

But which command can already do all this. Why not use it?

which is external binary and might not be present on machine while command -v is built in shell.