macOS Command Line Quick Start
This book is mostly linear—the later sections tend to build on the earlier sections. For that reason, I strongly recommend starting from the beginning and working through the book in order (perhaps skimming lightly over any sections that explain already familiar concepts). You can use the items in the final chapter, Command-Line Recipes, at any time, but they’ll make more sense if you understand all the basics presented earlier in the book.
Find your bearings:
Learn basic skills:
Go beyond the Terminal window:
Earn your propeller beanie:
Learn about users, groups, permissions, and the infamous
sudocommand; see Work with Permissions.
Learn Advanced Techniques such as piping and redirecting data, using the
grepsearch tool, and adding logic to your shell scripts.
Go beyond what’s built into macOS by downloading third-party command-line programs; see Install New Software.
Find quicker and easier ways to perform common activities in Terminal; see Learn Command-Line Shortcuts.
Put your skills into practice:
- Do cool (and practical) stuff on the command line; see Command-Line Recipes.