Linux Command Line Basics
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Linux Command Line Basics

This is an introductory course to the Linux command Line. It is ideal for beginners but is also great for advanced users
4.5 (4,379 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
67,990 students enrolled
Created by Ahmed Alkabary
Last updated 8/2016
Price: Free
  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn the basics of the command line
  • Realize the potential of the command line
  • Learn to navigate your Filesystem
  • Understand the Filesystem hierarchy
  • Understand how to use command options
  • Learn to create links
  • Learn powerful wild cards
  • Learn how to create,view and manipulate files
  • Learn to use different text editors (nano,gedit)
  • Learn where to find help while using the command line
  • Create you own commands
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  • any linux distribution installed or even on a virtual machine

Join the most popular #1 Linux Course on Udemy. Become an effective Linux user and advance your Career. Learning the Linux Command Line will take you FAR !

Learn to appreciate the powerfulness of the command line.

Understand the structure of the Linux File system

Learn how to navigate your file system using few simple commands !

Learn how to create, modify and process files.

Learn how to create your own commands

There is a file associated with every video explaining the commands to reinforce your understanding and to clear any confusion you have .

Who is the target audience?
  • Linux users or learners
  • Windows users who wants to migrate to Linux but are afraid to make the move !
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 37 Lectures Collapse All 37 Lectures 04:57:43
Introduction to the Command Line
9 Lectures 01:14:26

Learn how to open your terminal

Open the terminal

Here we learn how to display the date on our terminal

Few simple commands

In this video, you will learn how the Linux file system is structured. You will also learn about some important directories. I suggest that you take a look at the pdf file in the downloadable materials after watching this video.

The Linux File System

Learn how to navigate your Linux system through your command line (Terminal)

Navigating the File system

File system
3 questions

Notice the similarity and the consistency of the Linux Commands

ls like cd !

Understand the two types of Linux Links and realise the differences between them.

Hard Links vs Soft Links

Learn how to create linux links on your command line

Creating Links

Creating a directory loop using Linux soft links !

A directory loop !

Linux Links
3 questions

Here we explore the different options for our ls command

ls command options

ls command options
6 questions
Working with Files
10 Lectures 01:23:00

update the timestamps and create files with the touch command

The touch command

Learn how to create directories and remove empty directories using mkdir and rmdir commands

Make a directory and remove empty directories

Learn how to remove any kind of file with the rm command

Remove files using the rm command

Removing Files
4 questions

Learn how to copy files and directories

Copy files using the cp command

Learn how to move (cut) and rename files using the mv command

Move and rename files using the mv command

Reveal any file type with the file command and notice the insignificance of file extensions in Linux

The file command

Understand how spaces works within a filename in Linux and how to deal with filenames that have spaces

Filenames and spaces

How to add special characters to a filename and how to deal with them

Filenames and special characters

Learn the tab trick to auto-complete your commands and file names. Make your life easier at the command line!

Auto completion

Learn some valuable shortcuts that will facilitate your life at the command line

Keyboard shortcuts
Viewing and Editing Files
7 Lectures 46:54

Exploring the default graphical text editor gedit for Linux (gnome)

Our graphical text editor (gedit)

Learn how to use the command line text editor nano


Learn how to display the history of your command line

Command Line History

Learn how to view text files with the less command

viewing text files with less

Learn how to view text files with the cat and tac commands

viewing files with cat and tac

Learn how to view the first lines (or the last lines) of a text files using the head and tail commands

head and tail commands

Learn how to display the number of lines,characters,words in a text file

The wc command
Help yourself !
4 Lectures 27:38

Explore the different types of commands

Types of Commands

Learn how to display the location of the executable commands

The which command

Learn how to display the help pages for the shell builtins and the manual pages for the executable commands.

help and man

Learn how to display a brief description about your executable programs (commands).

Whatis going on ?

Types of commands and finding help
5 questions
Make your Own Commands
7 Lectures 01:05:46

Learn how to execute multiple commands on a single line (in two different ways).

Combining multiple commands

Combining commands
4 questions

Learn some powerful wildcards that will increase your efficiency at the command line

Wildcards #1

Deepen your knowledge of the Linux wildcards

Wildcards #2

5 questions

Learn how to create your Linux commands !

alias #1

Realise the potential and the usefulness of the alias command.

alias #2

Learn how to delete aliases and how to save your alias permanently.

alias #3

Check your understanding on the alias command

4 questions

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About the Instructor
Ahmed Alkabary
4.5 Average rating
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67,990 Students
1 Course
Linux Enthusiast, Programmer, Mathematician

I started programming since high school learning Visual Basic and MySQL, which then made me major in computer science and mathematics. I am a big fan of all Linux distributions and find them really powerful operating systems. I have certifications from Oracle and LPI (Linux professional institute) . I am also a proud member of the Linux Foundation