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Mac Terminal Cheat Sheet

SHORTCUTS

Key/Command Description
Tab Auto-complete files and folder names
Ctrl + A Go to the beginning of the line you are currently typing on
Ctrl + E Go to the end of the line you are currently typing on
Ctrl + U Clear the line before the cursor
Ctrl + K Clear the line after the cursor
Ctrl + W Delete the word before the cursor
Ctrl + T Swap the last two characters before the cursor
Esc + T Swap the last two words before the cursor
Ctrl + R Lets you search through previously used commands
Ctrl + L or Command + K Clears the Screen
Ctrl + C Kill whatever you are running
Ctrl + D Exit the current shell

CORE COMMANDS

cd Home directory
cd [folder] Change directory
cd ~ Home directory, e.g. ‘cd ~/folder/’
cd / Root of drive
ls Short listing
ls -l Long listing
ls -a Listing incl. hidden files
ls -lh Long listing with Human readable file sizes
ls -R Entire content of folder recursively
sudo [command] Run command with the security privileges of the superuser (Super User DO)
open [file] Opens a file
open . Opens the directory
top Displays active processes. Press q to quit
nano [file] Opens the Terminal it’s editor
pico [file] Opens the Terminal it’s editor
q Exit
clear Clear screen

COMMAND HISTORY

history n Shows the stuff typed – add a number to limit the last n items
ctrl-r Interactively search through previously typed commands
![value] Execute the last command typed that starts with ‘value’
!! Execute the last command typed

FILE MANAGEMENT

touch [file] Create new file
pwd Full path to working directory
.. Parent/enclosing directory, e.g.
ls -l .. Long listing of parent directory
cd ../../ Move 2 levels up
. Current folder
cat Concatenate to screen
rm [file] Remove a file, e.g. rm [file] [file]
rm -i [file] Remove with confirmation
rm -r [dir] Remove a directory and contents
rm -f [file] Force removal without confirmation
rm -i [file] Will display prompt before
cp [file] [newfile] Copy file to file
cp [file] [dir] Copy file to directory
mv [file] [new filename] Move/Rename, e.g. mv -v [file] [dir]

DIRECTORY MANAGEMENT

mkdir [dir] Create new directory
mkdir -p [dir]/[dir] Create nested directories
rmdir [dir] Remove directory ( only operates on empty directories )
rm -R [dir] Remove directory and contents

PIPES – Allows to combine multiple commands that generate output

more Output content delivered in screensize chunks
> [file] Push output to file, keep in mind it will get overwritten
>> [file] Append output to existing file
< Tell command to read content from a fi

HELP

[command] -h Offers help
[command] —help Offers help
[command] help Offers help
reset Resets the terminal display
man [command] Show the help for ‘command’
whatis [command] Gives a one-line description of ‘command’
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valmassoi commented Nov 1, 2017

rm -i [file] is duplicated:

rm -i [file] | Remove with confirmation
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rm -i [file] | Will display prompt before

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hepcat72 commented Feb 27, 2018

Are those shortcuts shell specific. ctrl-r doesn't do anything for me and I know ctrl-d is end of input, not exit current shell.

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yemper commented May 20, 2018

this was truely a help, thank you. i appricate it.

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omridevk commented Jul 9, 2018

ESC + backspace - will delete word, works better than ctrl + w in most cases.

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gyant commented Jul 12, 2018

@omridevk

The downside to ESC + backspace is you have to disengage ESC after every word deleted or it starts deleting single characters as normal. If you're deleting multiple words, CTRL + w has the expected behavior without needing to disengage CTRL for every word.

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rahafajaj commented Oct 31, 2018

Useful shortcuts! Thanks!

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MomoKaku commented Jan 27, 2019

thanks buddy, appreciate it

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amarantesmind commented Feb 4, 2019

Thanks!

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giowaza commented Feb 7, 2019

very helpful for me as a newbie.

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DawitAbay commented Feb 17, 2019

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Nesma-Mahmoud commented Feb 21, 2019

Thanks!

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jzm0144 commented Mar 21, 2019

Thanks!

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abdullajytdfhgs4 commented Apr 8, 2019

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gdwwl commented Apr 11, 2019

谢谢

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NotaPhysicist commented May 11, 2019

Thanks for your efforts. Very helpful for me as a newbie.

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jsanchez74 commented Jun 11, 2019

I am just starting with this. Thank you.

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elhamsalmanian commented Sep 5, 2019

Thanks!

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iampettii commented Oct 10, 2019

thanks

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this-is-batman commented Nov 13, 2019

Please add less command to your shortcut list as it is more efficient than more as can be seen in this link
https://www.tecmint.com/linux-more-command-and-less-command-examples/

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marcusziade commented Nov 27, 2019

Thanks 👌

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eddiejervis commented Jan 17, 2020

Hi, can anyone help me? I'm new to this

I want to make a batch file that chooses each green labeled files within a certain folder and unzips the “Links.zip” and then creates folders (named: Edited, Buildings, Extra, Front Cover, Interior, Map, Properties (Properties has three sub Folder inside: CGI, Floor Plans and Properties 290x200px) and Town) it the organises each file within the folder into those categories based upon its name

It also creates another Folder within each green labeled file called “Optimised” with the same subfolders (named: Edited, Buildings, Extra, Front Cover, Interior, Map, Properties (Properties has three sub Folder inside: CGI, Floor Plans and Properties 290x200px)

Then uses photoshop to optimise the files within the “Links” folder, in each green tagged folder, to certain parameters e.g Quality 3, 1400px width and 1400px height and places them into the “Optimised” file within.

Then starts another photoshop optimisation with “Links” subfolder “Properties” and it’s sub folder “CGI” and then places them into the sub-sub-folder of “Optimised” - “Properties” - “Properties 290x200px) with the settings Quality 10, 290px width and 200px height

Then takes an InDesign File within the green tagged file and exports each page as a high quality .jpg, into a file named “jpg” and then optimise those pages using photoshop with a quality 10, px 1500 width and 1500 height into a subfolder within that folder called “Optimised”

I need it to loop with every green tagged file within a folder

I have so many files to go through exactly like this, I wanted to automate it as it’s rather over whelming, I have tried Automator on Mac, but I’m so lost. Can anyone help?

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Githubdhwani commented Jan 24, 2020

Very helpful for new bee. Thank you so much

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elvinhuseynzade1 commented Jan 29, 2020

thanks

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denyin commented Feb 2, 2020

very helpful! Thank you so much!

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leschiffres commented Feb 7, 2020

Amazing! Thanks!

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