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Unleashing the Mac OS X Terminal for Absolute Beginners

A comprehensive, step-by-step guide to the Mac terminal and Bash environment specifically designed for novice Mac users
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Created by Jason Taylor
Last updated 4/2016
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This is a comprehensive course designed to show how to use the Terminal app in Mac OS X and many Bash shell commands, many overlap with Linux or other *nix variants.

The course currently covers the following:

  • Setup and installation of tools used in this course (outside the Terminal app)
  • How to navigate while in the Terminal (file and directory oriented)
  • How to manage files and directories (create, edit, delete, etc)
  • Temporarily elevating to admin rights when needed
  • Changing permissions on files and folders
  • Writing simple Bash scripts

Each one of these concepts is demonstrated in a methodological, step-by-step manner so you can follow along for easy learning.

Course Outline

Introduction provides an overview for the course.

Installation provides step-by-step instructions on how to setup Terminal and all the related tools for the course.

The Basics provides the first look at several core or foundational commands. While learn how to get around, manage files and even some simple ways to use the output of commands.

After the basics are covered, we dive into permissions related concepts by assuming admin user while we change permissions on files and folders.

Finally, we cover some more Advanced topics like writing a Bash shell script and customizing the Bash environment.

Course Features

Presentations provide audio/video training of conceptual ideas in each major area or introduction of new concepts.

Screencasts provide a video of the instructor's computer system with any actions, commands, or screens displayed and narrated. There are several hours of screencat video content -- it makes up the vast majority of the course. Any command line based screencast will include a command listing in the lecture downloads.

At the end of each section is a document lecture with a listing of commands or a brief tutorial regarding the video content covered during that section.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone wanting to take their Mac understanding to the next level
  • Programmers, developers, software engineers needing to learn the Terminal to use command-centric tools like NodeJS, npm, Bower, Ruby, Compass, Maven, and many others
  • Any Mac user unfamiliar with the command line or Terminal app
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What Will I Learn?
Use the Mac Terminal app with confidence
Write simple bash scripts
Customize the bash shell environment
change permissions on files and folders when needed
Create, move, rename, delete and modify files with ease using the Terminal
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  • Only basic computer skills is needed
  • Admin rights required for software installs (optional)
  • Admin rights required for security section of the course
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 34 Lectures Collapse All 34 Lectures 01:21:53
Terminal Setup
6 Lectures 07:15

Terminal Settings

Configure TextMate 2

Installation and Setup Instructions
2 pages
Basic Commands
14 Lectures 33:13

Cleaning Up with clear and Exiting the Terminal


Where are Commands with which and How to Use Them with man

Reviewing Files with cat, less and nano

Access Files and Directories with the open Command

Create, Move, Rename, and Delete Files

More Tricks with touch

Creating and Deleting Directories

Sending the Output of a Command to a File (Output Redirection)

Chaining Commands Together with Pipes

Basic Commands Reference
5 pages
User, Groups and Security
5 Lectures 11:21
Security Overview

Execute Commands as Admin (root) with sudo

Changing File Ownership with chown and chgrp

Recursively Changing Ownership

User, Groups, and Security Commands Reference
2 pages
5 Lectures 09:57
Advanced Overview

Bash Scripting

Bash History

Bash Profile and Customizing the Bash Environment

Advanced Commands Reference
1 page
2 Lectures 07:09

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