Taming The Terminal

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Terminal is one of the most useful and yet most intimidating features of OS X. If you know what you're doing, you can move mountains. If not, it's easy to screw up your system.

In this session, we'll take you from a Terminal novice to a pro as we guide you from the basics of shell scripts on through to advanced techniques. We'll even break out of the Terminal a little and apply the lessons we've learned from writing shell scripts to create an awesome Alfred extension.

Posts in this series
  • News
    New Mactuts+ Session: Taming the TerminalTamingterminal
    It's time for another Mactuts+ session! Sessions are an awesome way to learn a ton of great stuff about a specific topic. This time around we're tackling a topic that will bring you from being a typical Mac user to a bona fide Mac wizard: Terminal. Read on to get a peek at all of the great topics that we’re going to cover.Read More…
  • Terminal
    Navigating the Terminal: A Gentle IntroductionTerminal preview
    It may seem like the kind of geeky realm that only hackers are fit to inhabit, but the OS X Terminal is a powerful and versatile method of interacting with your computer that offers advantages to users of all skill levels. It’s quite a departure from what you might be used to though, so we’re here to help you take your first steps.Read More…
  • Terminal
    Quick Tip: Trick Out Your Mac with TerminalTerminal%20tutorial%20icon
    The Mac OS X operating system is already really sleek, but we're going to look at how to use terminal to activate some cool hidden settings that will make your Mac even better. The terminal tricks I'll be showing you range from adding spaces to your dock to freeing your Dashboard widgets from the Dashboard. So let's get started!Read More…
  • Terminal
    How to Play Tetris, Pong and Other Hidden Games on Your MacTerminaltetris f
    Did you know that you can play Tetris on your Mac? Of course you did, you can play lots of games. But did you know that there's already a Tetris game built in? In fact, if you know your way around Emacs, you can play a whole bunch of awesome retro games like pong and snake. Read on to see how.Read More…
  • Terminal
    10 Terminal Commands That Every Mac User Should KnowTenterminalcommands
    The Terminal in OS X is often, in my opinion anyway, an overlooked area of the operating system. Most newcomers to Macs look at it with fear, as the sight of anything code-related or advanced is enough to put them off for life. Fortunately, you don't have to be scared of Terminal and think of it as a feature just for the tech-minded. Knowing some basic Terminal commands can really enhance your experience of OS X. So, for all the beginners out there, here is my pick of the top 10 Terminal commands that every Mac user should know.Read More…
  • Customization
    Quick Tip: Organize Your Dock With Spacers00 dock spacers preview
    The Dock is undoubtedly one of the best features inside of OS X. Many have discounted it, tried to replace or out right copy it, but with little success. In this Quick Tip, you'll learn how to add an extra bit of wow to your Dock by adding Spacer Tiles.Read More…
  • Terminal
    Speed Up Your Terminal Workflow with Command Aliases and .profileTerminalicon1
    What are those mysterious ".profile" and ".bash_profile" files you've heard about? How do you go about adding something to PATH, which many applications ask you to do (but none explain how)? What are aliases and how can they help your workflow? Learn all this and much more in this article on taking deeper control of OS X.Read More…
  • OS X
    Quick Tip: Lightning Fast File Creation with TerminalTerminalicon
    Wouldn't it be great if you could quickly create any type of file in OS X and place it in any directory? With a few quick Terminal commands, you can! Read on to see what they are.Read More…
  • Automation
    Write an Alfred Extension to Create Files on the FlyNewtermproject f
    Recently, we took a look at how to use Terminal to quickly create files. Today, we're going to review and apply this knowledge to make our own Alfred extension that creates a new directory of files in an instant. We'll even hit on some AppleScript along the way so you can really get your dose of geeky goodness.Read More…