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type is a bash built-in that searches your environment (files in $PATH, keywords, aliases, built-ins, and functions) for executable commands that you pass to it as arguments.
$ type which which is a shell builtin
which is very similar, and widely used, but it only searches the files in $PATH and provides slightly different output:
$ which which which: shell built-in command
Yes, but where are the files?
To find the location of executables with these commands, you can also pass the
-a flag to either of them:
$ type -a which which is a shell builtin which is /usr/bin/which which is /usr/bin/which
Or use the builtin
$ whereis heroku /usr/bin/heroku