Learn How to Use the Command Line on OS X

You know when you see people typing text commands on computers in movies or TV shows? That’s the command line interface, which is available on most operating systems. On OS X, you can access the command line via Terminal, a utility in the /Applications/Utilities folder.

You can do many things from the command line that you can’t do from the GUI. The command line can be handy when it comes to troubleshooting your Mac, to turn on “hidden” settings, and to perform other advanced chores.


I’ve got a series of articles on Macworld to introduce Mac users to the command line. The first is about navigating files and folders, the second about copying and moving files, and the third tells you how to delete files and folders from the command line. Stay tuned for more; there will be a few more posted in the coming days.

If you like this, and want to learn more, make sure to say so in the comments.

And, if you want to know more about the command line, and its history, read Neal Stephenson’s fascinating essay, In the Beginning was the Command Line.

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