Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Slang often used in computer Perl programming and other script files. The term shebang refers to the "#!" located at the top of many script files that points to the path of the associated program. For example, in a Perl script, the complete line may look like the following:


This line instructs the operating system running the Perl script on where the executable for Perl and its associated files are located. This line is commonly only required in Linux and Unix variants, users running Perl in Microsoft Windows do not need this line.

Bang, Perl, Programming terms