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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  • Lectures 34
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English, captions
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About This Course

Published 10/2015 English Closed captions available

Course Description


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.

What are the requirements?

  • Only basic computer skills is needed
  • Admin rights required for software installs (optional)
  • Admin rights required for security section of the course

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

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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Section 1: Introduction
Welcome: Goals and Approach
The Command Line and Bash Shell
Section 2: Terminal Setup
Setup Overview
Locating the Terminal
Terminal Settings
Install TextMate 2
Configure TextMate 2
Installation and Setup Instructions
2 pages
Section 3: Basic Commands
Basic Commands Overview
Getting Around with pwd, cd and ls
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
Using TextMate from the Terminal
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
Section 4: User, Groups and Security
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
Section 5: Advanced
Advanced Overview
Bash Scripting
Bash History
Bash Profile and Customizing the Bash Environment
Advanced Commands Reference
1 page
Section 6: Conclusion
Bonus: Exclusive Student Discounts

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Instructor Biography

Jason Taylor, Sr. Software Engineer, Technical Trainer on 14 Udemy Courses

With nearly 20 years of programming and software development experience, I started out teaching myself programming while in High School. I put myself through college working for a local Internet Service Provider as a programmer. Before finishing college, I developed and sold an award winning website to a Dot-Com start-up. After college, I have worked at several companies ranging from start-ups to large enterprises focusing on Java and client-side technologies (HTML/CSS/JavaScript). Throughout my career, I have opportunity to learn many software development best practices and exposure to several version control systems.

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